If you follow my Bookshelf of the Week then you’ll know I’ve a bit of a thing for bookshelves anywhere near stairs. So it probably comes as no surprise that this week I’m featuring a set of bookshelves which actually run up the side of the stairs, and I think it’s a genius idea!
It’s not a contemporary idea either, because this shot, taken and shared by happy via, is of Fallingwater the famous residence of Pittsburgh businessman Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. (founder of the defunct Kaufmann’s Department Store), and it was designed over seventy years ago by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1934.
The residence gets its name from the fact that it is partially built over a waterfall, and these bookshelves aren’t Fallingwater’s most impressive literature link. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, Ayn Rand ‘based much of her 1943 classic, The Fountainhead, on [architect] Wright and the house he had wrought.’ So it’s rather apt then that there’s such a bookish presence on the inside.
My thanks to happy via for taking the photo and allowing it to be reproduced.