All-Encompassing Bookshelf Allows Readers to Be Surrounded by Their Favorite Books

French designer Gilles Belley defines a room inside of a room with his recent project titled Area. The structure features a rounded, semi-enclosed space that's lined with vertical blades that double as bookshelves. With this design, you decide on how little or how much privacy you'd like–objects can fill the rectangular openings and create a wall of novels and knick-knacks. This separation allows for a space to play, work, or talk without being interrupted.

A portal frame and floor create a threshold on which to enter the space. They have slots etched into the floor, and the white steel dividers are secured into them. Like blinds, these blades can be pivoted to appear open or closed.

Although Area is seen here as a freestanding structure, it's modular, reconfigurable, and the dimensions can be changed. If you'd prefer the support of already-existing walls, it's possible to arrange the shelving so that it appears built into your home. With these options, Area can reinvent its look and always be appropriate to your home-decor needs.

Gilles Belley: Website
via [etoday]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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