Bookends are an easy and practical way to organize your shelf, but that doesn’t mean they need to be boring. Many creatives have transformed these home decor staples into sought-after art objects, all thanks to their clever designs. A Japanese designer named monde recently debuted a set of unique bookends that are inspired by the alleyways of Tokyo. While the bookends appear as plain boxes from either side, the center of each reveals an incredible display of urban details.
Each miniature scene features the trappings of a real back alley. Nestled within monde’s three creations are piping, potted plants, stairways, and windows that overlook the narrow paths. Everything is produced by hand and makes the intricate bookends feel like a grown-up dollhouse. They invite us to imagine ourselves within them—much like a good book does.