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.