Thursday, August 12, 2004

sapien. bookcase.

The Sapien Bookcase is a brilliant design that lets you stack books vertically instead of horizontally. Created by Bruno Rainaldi, it's primarily billed as a way to save space. But I think it does more than that. For me anyway, it's a more natural way to store books: in piles.

piles. and. piles.
When I'm not reading books it's pretty easy to keep them in traditional cases. But when I start pulling them out and thumbing through them (a cookbook here, a financial book there, a summer novel over there), there is always a "pile stage" where I might not be actively reading them all the time, but I'm not quite ready to put them away either. I think the Sapien is perfect for that.

10. 14. 9. 5. 50. 70. 180. 230.
There are a lot of numbers involved with the sapien: the small version has 10 shelves and the large has 14. The shelves can hold 9 lbs. each or about 5 books. That works out to 50 books for the small and 70 for the large. And finally, at Design Within Reach (where I saw them) the small costs $180 and the large $230.


Blogger Feng Qin said...

Yea, that's a good idea way to pile the books over there. It is suitable for small room. I could said that. But, did you ever think that when you put them back (i means it's size, from large to small, do re mi fa so..), its really get us 'uncomfortable' to pull in..

3:29 AM  
Blogger kozzy411 said...

that is cool

8:30 AM  
Blogger h0merg0meZ said...

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9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like! Looks handy for those books you tend to want around the desk--reference and stuff--but don't want to take up precious desk space (leaving the space free for toys).


9:59 AM  
Blogger Insane said...


10:25 AM  
Blogger eko said...

I just got one of those and I love it. Just books, no bulk!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Gern said...

Less talk, more rock! Er, I mean less bull, more books...yeah.

2:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens if you want to take out a book at the bottom?

4:32 AM  
Blogger wrestlemonkey said...

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12:00 PM  
Blogger Dzintars Dzilna said...

Plus this keeps pressure off books' bindings, so that they don't get damaged.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A design that supports being able to read the titles on most books without having to tilt our head to the right. That is what turns me on about it.

9:44 AM  
Blogger zac said...

if only i had thought of it earlier, i'd be rich!!

8:44 PM  
Blogger C said...

I looove this bookcase, I've been wanting it for months. Perfect for big coffee table art books.

Pottery Barn also has a similar, inferior version that is made of wood shelves of equal sizes and mounts on the wall. It's smaller than the Sapien, but it's still about $150.

10:49 PM  
Blogger h0merg0meZ said...

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7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, its a good idea. but,its steel plates on a support for 200 bucks. i'll wait for a better knock off. its coming im sure.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scandinavia designs furniture store have the short Sapien shelves in an aluminum finish for $109. DWR is a rip.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous: do you have a web link?

Anonymous said...
Scandinavia designs furniture store have the short Sapien shelves in an aluminum finish for $109. DWR is a rip.

3:27 PM

11:13 AM  
Blogger Marissa said...

i just put mine together and i love it! i think i might have to get another one.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of commenters are missing that there are shelves. It's not just one stack of books. You can fit 3-5 books, depending on width, obviously, on a shelf. So you can pull out the bottom one fairly easily, and amaze your friends.

12:33 AM  

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