Fixed-end shelving defines the boundaries for your books with no flexibility – bookends on longer shelves, however, always feel somehow additive, sometimes fall over when moved (or stationary), and may not mingle well with your collection. There had to be a middle path – and here it is.

From creators Colleen & Eric, “Your books are no longer in danger of toppling over. Over-sized wing-nut allows bookend to slide into place and be secured wherever it’s needed.¬†Offered in Beech, Walnut and Oak. Water based stain and all natural Shellac finish. Aluminum cube and wingnut powder-coated.”

Right now it remains a prototype, but unlike many more far-fetched and high-tech concepts, this one is a very reachable reality for the designers if there is enough interest in their work.

More about the makers: “Colleen & Eric’s products strive to provoke thought, or at least make you smile, while upholding the highest standards of craft, quality and sustainability. Most of their work is done in-house, using North American grown woods, water-based glues and natural finishes. Outsourced work is done locally, and U.S. made components are used whenever possible. Winners of the NASA/Etsy SpaceCraft contest, an image of their Northstar Table was flown aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor on its final voyage.”