The floating book support and the book-shaped flower pot are just two creative ways of extending the storage space or simply spread some “magic” around your home. Presented at Milan’s Design Week 2013, the two items mentioned above have two different functions: create an impression on whoever ends up seeing them and yes, here’s a more practical one, enhance the storage space. The first object presented by the Japanese design studio YOY is called “Book” but don’t be fooled by the name because in reality it’s a very elegant and minimalist flower pot. The fun thing is that it can perfectly blend with other books creating the illusion that this is just another regular book in your library with a very elucidating title though “The Life of Plants”. “By opening the cover page it stands stably and you can see the soil inside.”
The other showcased item is called “Extend”. Even more intriguing than Book, Extend is a serious matter of illusionism giving you the feeling that you are watching a pair of books floating. Extend “can be ?xed to a tabletop by a clamp and the length can be adjusted as you like.”
And one of my all-time favorite shelf styling tricks is to display plants on the top layer of shelving, which will draw the eye upward, as well as create height and drama. Below we see shelf-top plants in a tour of my retro-modern home office. Last but not least, we shine the spotlight on the challenging task of styling kids’ room shelving, drawing inspiration from the product photography of The Land of Nod. The Zero Gravity Wall Shelf below illustrates a perfect balance of practicality and design flair, mixing carefully placed toys with books in eye-catching colors.
Speaking of “less is more” design, if your shelf offers little display space, consider opting for one or two standout items to showcase rather than a slew of small finds. In the next image, we see the Magical Thinking Peaks Shelf, crafted from glass and aluminum. Then again, there’s something charming about a curiously cluttered look, especially if items are thoughtfully curated. The Magical Thinking Pyramid Shelf below holds treasures and curiosities. When your shelves make a sculptural statement, don’t overwhelm and block them with clutter. After all, when the design is as fabulous as the Bamboo Step Wall Shelf in the next featured image, you certainly don’t want to cover up the bold form of your shelving.