The TT3 bookcase shelves by Ron Gilad are composed of Italian walnut and held together by thin metal frames.
A British modernist classic, the Penguin Donkey 2 bookcase designed by Ernest Race for Isokon, a London-based firm run by Jack Pritchard. Available at Skandium.
Data Modern Furnishings was founded by Ryan Richardson in the fall of 2010, after 18 months of prototyping and tweaking their products. Richardson collaborates with a team of nine woodworkers, craftsmen, and finishers to design and hand-build the company's pieces—mostly bookcases, so far—in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jeni bookcase, shown, is available at Data Modern Furnishings.
An example of the Memphis movement, Ettore Sottsass’s Carlton bookcase is laminate over wood and was manufactured in Italy circa 1981.
In 1940, architect Franco Albini made a single model of his ship’s rigging-like Veliero bookcase for his Milan home—where it eventually collapsed. Sixty-six years later, Cassina fabricated the shelves in a re-creation of Albini’s study for the Renzo Piano-curated Zero Gravity exhibition. Again: poor stability. But Cassina, which has committed to keeping alive the work of select master architects in the form of its I Maestri collection, did not give up. Instead, it embarked on an epic five-year R&D effort that would lead to the product’s launch in April 2012.
Multi-functional furniture makes small (and not-so-small) spaces a little more livable. Need a place to sit, set your coffee, or house your collection of paperbacks? The Platone unit by Jeff Miller is a bench, bookcase, and coffee table together as one. The larger sections are made of solid or moka ash, shown here with the smaller square—Plato—which is sculpted from a single block of marble.