Bookshelf of the Week: Juhansonin’s color-coded bookcase

You may remember I featured Eccentric Scholar’s ‘Rainbow Bookshelves’ as one of last month’s Bookshelves of the Week? Eccentric’s rainbow bookshelves certainly went down well, and although I’m still not a fan of organising my library shelves by colour, it’s a system that a lot of you guys seem to like. Bearing this in mind I thought I’d give all you ‘rainbow’ bibliophiles an extra treat this week, by featuring another ‘spectral delight’, this time in the shape of Juhansonin’s ‘color-coded bookcases’.

Ok! Ok! I admit it! Aesthetically, Juhansonin’s bookshelves do look kind of nice, but that serious, analytical left-hand side of my brain is still having huge problems coming to terms with organising books like this.

Anyway, regardless of what I think I’d still love to hear any of your thoughts on Juhansonin’s bookshelves, and any more on colour-organised bookshelves in general. I’m also waiting with bated breath in the hope that the Serif of Nottingblog aka Gary Barwin drops by again. I’d love to hear what he has to say about this ‘rainbow bookshelf’ :o)

Thanks for the great shot Juhansonin!

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. OK. I’ll bite!

    This is knowledge from dark to light, from the rich blue of the books of deep sea to the dawn-pinked white book clouds of the high sky. Reading ascendant. Words organized gravitationally. They may be as unbound air or subject to the pressures of the indigo depths. There is the orange horizon, the language sun rising or setting, the lapping light blue and sand yellows of the near shore at knee level. But all this on the grid of the shelf, a tic tac toe of fact, a chessboard of invention. The bookshelf is the bookish self shelf-centred, the palette of the world, cross-sectioned, -referenced, the pageant of the page rainbow-arrayed, the reflection refracted. A livebrary.



  2. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Gary – I knew you’d take the bait and I’m glad you did. Once more a profound observation from the master poet, although you’re still not convincing me that ‘arranging by colour’ is nothing more than an inconvenience, no matter how aesthetically pleasing it may look :o)

  3. I think all our inner-librarians are writhing on the floor right now…

  4. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    My sentiments exactly Mae, but I’m all for a bit of creativity.
    Thanks for commenting

  5. I organised my cd shelves like this and it not only looked good but it helped me to remember where specific cds were because I could link the colour of the album cover with the music. I can’t imagine doing it with books though – their association with text is too ingrained in me. Am impressed though with the people who can and it does look rather beautiful.