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The Ultimate Bookcase

Stacks of books, pottery, a radio and ephemera.

Chase Pellerin

Flanking the room, the bookcase, with its clean horizontal and vertical lines, adds an element of functional design to a domestic space. Polished hardwoods shelves are not only a display for reading material and reference books, but a space to spotlight compact design pieces, handmade pottery, greenery and ephemera. On each shelf, the balance of literature and decoration align into a vertical amalgamation of your interests and aspirations. Inasmuch as a beautiful bookcase has the power to change any room, always remember: it’s what fills its shelves that creates the most notable transformation.

The Bookcase


Elton Bookcase by Room & Board: A minimalist design and sturdy construction give this bookcase timeless appeal. Its open design — lightly lacquered walnut shelves and a natural steel frame — is made in Wisconsin, and isn’t as imposing as a closed-back bookcase. The shelves are 16 inches deep, giving you plenty of room to house both your collection of modern art books, and your favorite vintage camera.

Buy Now: $2,299

The Books

A Wall of Knowledge

Style and Design
Designing Design by Kenya Hara $150
The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney $32
Patternity: A New Way of Seeing by Anna Murray $36
A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton by Benjamin Wild $45
Phaidon Design Classics by Phaidon $175
Music by Andrew Zuckerman $42
The Tale of Tomorrow: Utopian Architecture in the Modernist Realm by Sofia Borges et al. $53
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty by Merry Foresta $41

Voyager: Travel Writings by Russell Banks $23
The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos by Patrick Fermor $16
Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti $18
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters $16

Something to Food About by Questlove $27
A History of Food in 100 Recipes by William Sitwell $8
1080 Recipes by Simone Ortega $20
I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes by Daniel Humm $45
Meat: Everything You Need to Know by Pat LaFrieda $26

Sports and Outdoors
Cabin Porn by Zach Klein $27
How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier $18
A Backpacker’s Field Manual by Rick Curtis $14
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf $27
Magnum Cycling by Guy Andrews $33
Surf Odyssey by Andrew Groves $41
The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s by Reuel Golden $42

Tech and Science
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance $26
Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier $15
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall $27
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee $29
Quadrivium by Miranda Lundy et al. $18

Art of Hot Rod by Ken Gross $30
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas by Sarah Schleuning $18
Cafe Racers: Speed, Style and Ton-Up Culture by Michael Lichter $35
Off the Road by R. Klanten et al. $32

Audemars Piguet: Masterpieces of Classical Watchmaking by Gisbert Brunner et al. $100
Cartier: The Tank Watch by Franco Cologni $60
Van Cleef & Arpels: The Poetry of Time by Michel Serres et al. $15

Short Stories and Poetry
The Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens $17
Song of Myself by Walt Whitman $15
The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins $12
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams $6
Underworld by Don DeLillo $17
The Emerald Light in the Air by Donald Antrim $11
Tenth of December by George Saunders $13

032c $14
Man of the World $20
Kapital Catalogues $N/A

The Details

From Vintage to Modern

Pod Vessel by Restoration Hardware $79 – $109
Bibliothèque Scented Candle by Byredo $80
Model One BT by Tivoli Audio $180

Cubic Geometry I Concrete Sculpture by David Umemoto for TRNK $250
Brass Hexagon Pots by LIVING $58+
Ludwig Watch by NOMOS Glashütte $2,740
Blackwing 602 by Palomino $22
Leather Coasters by Yuketen $25
Note Pad by Sideshow Press $9

Hand-Carved Kiri Wood Bowl by Restoration Hardware $69
Handmade Faceted Stoneware Vessel by John Sheppard $285

Matte Black & Brass Vessel by RH Modern $75 – $95
Portuguese Earthenware Luisa Collection by RH Modern $65 – $85
Portuguese Earthenware Vasco Plate by RH Modern $135
Irish Wool Herringbone Throw by Simply Birch $169

Where We Buy Our Books

Strand Book Store, just south of Union Square in New York City, is home to over 18 miles of new, used and rare books. Open seven days a week, Strand hosts events in the Rare Book Room that have featured David Sedaris, James Franco, Robert Caro and Marina Abramovic, among others. Learn More

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