Bookshelf of the Week: Ole Jensen’s Collect bookcase

For this week’s Bookshelf of the Week I thought I’d return to contemporary chic and bring you a piece of bookish furniture known as the ‘Collect Bookcase’ (which is paired beautifully in this shot with the ‘Memory Chair’).

Designed by Ole Jensen as part of Normann Copenhagen’s New Danish Modern collection (there’s a nice write up on the collection over at the Yatzer website), one thing that the ‘Collect Bookcase’ could certainly never be called is conventional. However this is more about design than practicality, and I see this bookcase being perfect for those readers who like to mix their bookshelves up a bit; those readers who like to put little keepsakes alongside their book collection.

I know this bookcase isn’t going to hold too many books, but I think that’s the point. It’s all about gracing its shelves with only the most treasured books in one’s library, and then filling the gaps with other treasured and memorable items. It’s a shame this shot only shows the bookcase empty because I know it would look so much better filled.

Anyway I love it, and I’m pretty fond of the Memory Chair too. It’s looks like the perfect reading chair for getting all cosy in, although I do worry just how long I’d be able to stay awake in a chair that looks this comfortable.

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. The way the arms are reaching out, that chair so looks like something that could straight up come alive. It makes me think of Tim Burton circa Beetle Juice.

  2. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    I thought it looked a bit ‘alive’ too Lauren but then I thought the higher positioning of the arms also made it prefect for book propping. No good though if the very sight of the chair makes you break out into cold sweat.