Rubber bookshelves

Luke Hart created these rubber bookshelves for The Sculpture House. They have the delightful impracticality of all the everyday objects crafted from rubber that appear in old Warner Brothers cartoons, and the bright red coloring is an especially nice touch.

(via Bookshelf)

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  1. They have the delightful impracticality of all the everyday objects
    crafted from rubber that appear in old Warner Brothers cartoons, and the
    bright red coloring is an especially nice touch.

    I was thinking they’d be perfect for someone’s Dr. Seuss collection.

  2. As often as I’ve had a book that was just a bit too tall for my bookshelves, I don’t think this lacks function. 

  3. I wonder how well they’re secured to the wall. It seems to me these could hold a few books fairly well so long as they are secure and the you remove books carefully (especially if you had them stacked sideways) which is no worse than some of those small nook-style bookshelves really. As some one who has enough books for wall to wall bookage though, I’m just seeing wasted storage space!

  4. The snap as a book is taken out and the rubber is released does add a kinetic quality that my current shelves are missing.  It would be cool to see my shelves undulating like the ocean around the room. Or like the ‘wave’ at a football game.

    1. Interesting. You could also design it so the white books in the picture are permanent props, and are part of the structure of the bookshelf. Then make the silicon hard if you like (it’s probably already pretty stiff with those tall books in there) and use it as a regular, wiggly bookshelf.

  5. Any shelf concept that is visualised with only a few books per shelf isn’t going to get a lot of positive attention from me. I want to see how the thing works with a more typical load, i.e. every shelf packed, with more stacked on top.

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