Saturday, August 22, 2009
Things to consider when designing bookcases
- Do the books look happy on the shelf?
- Does the shelf appear to understand that it is holding the fruits of difficult work which requires deep contemplation and self-knowledge, and is sometimes completed against considerable odds, in great pain?
- Does the bookcase seem aware that books can reach backwards and forwards in time, some having been written thousands of years ago on clay tablets, or hand-copied in the middle ages by devout monks with secret desires, while some tell stories of distant futures; and that books also have considerable reach in space, across cities, deserts, oceans, galaxies, underground and in the sky, and to the molten core of the Earth?
- Is the bookcase capable of playfulness despite the gravity of some literature? Comedy is nothing to be frowned at.
- Does the bookcase not flinch at heavy lifting?
- Is it a bookcase that can keep secrets, hide journals and love letters, or is it an open and democratic one wishing to distribute the benefits of reading to everyone?
- Does the bookcase know what kind of bookcase it is?
- When empty, does the bookcase look lonely and bereft, happy and expectant, or self-satisfied and not in need of any content?
- Is the bookcase's main function to make us feel or think something about ourselves, about bookcases, about literature, or some or all of the above?
- Who can own this bookcase? Is it likely that person owns any books?
- Does the bookcase invite further expansion of the library, and new bookcases?
- And finally, is it a nice color?
I've decided to re-post some of my favorite things from my old blog. This is the first one. The picture is of the Bibliochaise.