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January 13, 2014
Whether you have a large or small space, these bookshelves will fit right in.

The TT3 bookcase shelves by Ron Gilad are composed of Italian walnut and held together by thin metal frames. 

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Primary colors and black lines put Piet Mondrian into history and onto the grid. Arik Levy’s Level bookcase gives green a go and yellow the boot, though it still evokes the Dutch de Stijlist’s rigid compositions.
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Ernest Race designed this iconic Penguin Donkey 2 bookcase in 1963 for Isokon

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.

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Originally appeared in High/Low: Modern Classic Isokon Bookcase
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The Jeni bookcase.

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.

Originally appeared in Data Modern Furnishings
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An example of the Memphis movement, Ettore Sottsass’s Carlton bookcase is laminate over wood and was manufactured in Italy circa 1981.

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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.

Originally appeared in Veliero Shelving by Cassina
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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.

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The TT3 bookcase shelves by Ron Gilad are composed of Italian walnut and held together by thin metal frames. 

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