Read vs Unread: Self-Balancing, Book-Weighted Wall Shelf


Years can slip by while books gather dust on shelves unnoticed – what you meant to read keeps getting passed by and the habit reinforces itself. This unique shelving system aims to change that, and remind you to finish those forgotten novels.

Niko Economidis likes to delve into symbolism and aesthetics but with a minimum of materials. In this instance, three wall-mounted metal rods, a belt-like leather strap and a few buckles serve his purposes without bells and whistles (literal or otherwise).

As in other bookcases he has designed, meaning comes first – the finished look may be antiquated (as with this physical, steel-and-glass version of a line-drawn dresser) or contemporary and simple (like the read-unread bookshelf).

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