Bookshelf of the Week: Another kind of ‘Booktree’

Booktree. Picture credit: gynti_46

You may remember a few weeks ago I featured the wonderful Booktree, that can be found in the bookshop Lloyd’s of Kew in Richmond, Surrey. Well I’ve stumbled across another ‘Booktree’, and I couldn’t resist featuring it as this week’s Bookshelf of the Week.

Touted as a ‘bookcase for poor students’, I admit to knowing not an awful lot about this Booktree (even after using a translator), aside from it being designed by students at the University of Art and Design Halle. Now I’m the first to admit that this ‘bookcase’ may need a little more refining in order to make it more aesthetically pleasing, but as far as concept goes, this is a fantastic idea.

I well remember my days spent in the university library, constantly juggling with a dozen or so books, trying to give myself enough desk space on which to work. But this concept solves that problem in an instant, and also offers something of a longer term storage solution. I love it, and I hope I see it available for sale some time soon.

My undying gratitude to Guenter (gynti_46) both for taking this shot of the Booktree, and for sharing it.

So what are your thoughts guys? Love it? Hate it? Wondering what the point of it is when you can just stack books at the side of the table?

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. I’m just wondering how my shins would fare against this design … probably not very well. 🙂

  2. It would certainly be handy. But how does it work?

  3. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    I think it’s some sort of mini-shelf that attaches to the table leg CB. It certainly likes that kind of set up

  4. Not to be a buzzkill (ah, I’m already killing the buzz just by saying this, right?), but I feel like as aesthetically pleasing as certain bookcases are, they can’t truly be beautiful unless they are practical, and bookcases like these are just… not particularly practical… That’s not to say they aren’t original, interesting, and rather attractive, but…

    Hmm. Even I’m not sure what I’m trying to say.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Hey I never said the Booktree was practical Biblibio, at least not in its ‘prototype’ form. A bit of jigging here, a bit of jigging there though, and who knows – even Biblibio Buzzkill may like it 🙂