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5 Modern Bookshelves That Double as Eye-Catching Decor for Your Home

Whimsical, modular and Romanesque options from Cassina to Medaarch may get your guests talking.

Dimarmo bookshelf Courtesy of Dimarmo

People love to predict the demise of print. True, large book sellers are shuttering shops, but the number of indie bookshops are on the rise. According to Statista, there were about 2,500 independent bookstores in the United States as of last year; that’s 600 more than 10 years earlier. As for e-books, the Pew Research Center reports that 3-in-10 Americans read them. Still, it’s fair to say that print persists. 

Books add soul to a space. Whether glossy coffee table books, leather-bound classics or tattered paperbacks, these tomes are not just for reading—they’re a design element. You needn’t hire a woodworker; there are many chic freestanding shelves on offer from a variety of brands. From Cassina’s re-issue of Charlotte Perriand’s Japanese-inspired design to Gebruder Thonet Vienna’s caned shelf that melds midcentury-modern sensibilities with Italian styling to Nostrum’s 3-D-printed unit that pushes the boundaries of new technologies, there’s a bookshelf that will meld seamlessly—or make a bold statement—in any room.

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