Bookshelf of the Week: Jim Rosenau’s bookish bookcase

Even if the shelves of this week’s featured bookcase were completely stripped of their books it would never be devoid of them, and that’s because this bookcase is physically made out of books. I may be fighting with my inherent revulsion for any form of ‘crime against books’, but aesthetically I really like how this looks.

The bookcase is the creation of artist Jim Rosenau, and it’s only one of the book-based products that Jim produces. A quick skim through the galleries on his website – This into That, reveals a cornucopia of ‘book furniture’ – some nice, some not so nice (to my taste), but all made out of books.

With Jim being the son and grandson of publishers, and growing up in a house with 5000 books, one would think of Jim as having a real affinity towards books, and, as part of his artist’s ‘statement’ attests, it would seem that ‘book love’ bordered on religious reverence in Jim’s childhood home:

I was raised with a near-religious relationship to books. Never write in a book. Don’t lose someone else’s place. How to protect its vitally-important spine. Rules pertaining to the avoidance of moisture. And, like all observant families, we were taken once a week to the library for worship.

So like me, it looks like Jim had (still has) a revulsion against book crime, and thankfully the books he uses for his creations are mainly discarded, donated or taken from recycling centres. So any real book crime to report here folks? No! Just a man who loves books; a man who loves them so much he feels compelled to create shrines out of them – quite literally.

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).