Eiffel Bookcase

This is labeled as children’s furniture, yet looks to be suitable in most rooms with storage needs. Storage pieces can be somewhat difficult to choose, and often quite more expensive than most of us are able to budget for, so finding something that is environmentally conscious and under the grand mark is worth considering. Take note of the dimensions, though, since it is made on a smaller scale…

“The Argington line of children’s furniture unites contemporary aesthetics with a healthy, non-toxic and environmentally conscious outlook. The Eiffel Book Case is made of highly durable Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sustainable birch wood with a 100% non-toxic, water-based finish. The Eiffel Book Case has interchangeable doors and cases, and features loads of storage space, including an open center for books and other play objects accessible to children.”

60″ wide x 38″ tall x 12.5″ deep

Available in four colors: white, birch, walnut, and red maple
Door colors and cases are interchangeable

Purchase Information:

Price: $630.00
Availability: Buy Eiffel Bookcase here

Stellar Bookcase

A lot of style for a small price…

“The Stellar table collection offers a classic, modern look at a terrific price. Constructed from solid birch with an ash veneer, this bookcase comes KD (that’s furniture talk for knocked down…unassembled), so it is easy for you to transport home in a box.”

32w x 15d x 70h

Purchase Information:

Price: $459.00
Availability: Buy Stellar Bookcase here

Thomas O’Brien Modern Bi-Fold Shelf

Update: This item is unfortunately no longer available. (10/5/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $239.99
Availability: Buy Thomas O’Brien Modern Bi-Fold Shelf here

Cubitec Shelving

Hmm, what’s that? Storage on a shoestring budget? Well, you could go the cement block route, as there’s invariably that time in one’s life, or you could spring for this particular shelving system. It looks pretty nice for the price, and you’d be able to buy a bunch without hurting your wallet (or maybe it would hurt a little, but not a whole lot).

“Each kit contains 18 panels to create six attached cubes. Two cubes can be doubled in depth, using the remaining parts to accommodate larger items. The cubes can be attached vertically or horizontally with the included plastic hardware, and easily anchor to the wall with common fasteners (not included) for configurations that exceed heights of three cubes. Made of hollow injection-molded polypropylene, a corrugated core allows the shelving components to be superbly strong and lightweight. Each shelf is able to hold 55 lbs. The Cubitec shelves to be equally at home in playful or sophisticated environments, and even includes a clear option for subdued retail or gallery display.”

Available in Blue, Orange, Red, or Transparent White

Dimensions per cube:
H 18.25″ W 18.25″ D 10″

Purchase Information:

Price: $198.00
Availability: Buy Cubitec Shelving here

Recycled Shelf by MUJI

I heart MUJI.

“Muji is known for simple, streamlined, and environmentally friendly products. This versatile three-tiered shelf is made from durable square recycled paper tubes with plastic joints. Assembly required. A set of four casters or adjustable base to accommodate uneven floors are sold separately.”

Size: 32h x 23.5w x 15.25″d

Recycled Shelf
$130.00, $117.00 members

$20.00, $18.00 members

Adjustable Base
$6.00, $5.40 members

Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Availability: Buy Recycled Shelf by MUJI here

Sapporo Shelving, Five High

Inspired by the etherial snows in Sapporo, Japan, these beautiful shelves are actually modular and can easily be converted from one unit high to five high.

Sliding doors of either clear or frosted tempered glass can be added without altering the cabinet structure. Made in Spain. Assembly required.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,660
Availability: Buy Sapporo Shelving, Five High here

Cloud Shelving System

It seems to me that we would’ve posted this before, though I can’t seem to find any record of it. And if we have, I think it’s well worth another entry. It’s such a great design and so terribly great-looking as to inspire need (as in, I need that piece of furniture). And, of course, it’s by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Cappellini (2004).

“the cloud shelving system…has garnered much attention due to its original form and its use of innovative materials. cloud allows for the repetition of elements which can be stacked and aligned to create large bookshelves or room dividers. in theory, there is no limit to the size of a structure other than the size of the space containing it. cloud is made of a high-density polystyrene and is available in 4 colors: white, light green, dark green or red.”

units sold separately.

73.8″ x 15.75″ x 41.4″

Purchase Information:

Price: $643.00
Availability: Buy Cloud Shelving System here

Shadow Box Tower

This piece would be perfect as a floating divider or along a wall in multiples. But, hey, if you just want one against a wall to show off your stuff, then that would be good too. There’s also a shorter version with four openings/cubicles.

Cold rolled steel
Hand-applied patina adds depth and texture
Graphite lacquer finish
3″ recessed top
Made in the USA

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Studio Metal Spine Bookcase

A few different retailers have their version of this, but this is the cheapest one I’ve found. If you’re interested in the uber sturdy version I recommend the Sapien Bookcase from DWR for $198.

Update: This item is unfortunately no longer available. (10/30/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Availability: Buy Studio Metal Spine Bookcase here

Index Bookshelf

If you’ve got a chunk of change saved up to spend on a bookshelf, this would be the one I would suggest, hands down. (Fo’ real.)

Available in maple, cherry, walnut or wenge veneers with metal supports.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1598.00
Availability: Buy Index Bookshelf here

h & h modular bookshelf

Modular shelf systems are one of the best things because they can adapt to various spaces and are easy to move around. This particular system is built using the basic “H” module, which you can stack in whatever way you need.

31w . 31h . 12 3/4d (one H unit)

Available in solid white, solid black; also in translucent yellow, orange, or blue.

Package of 3 H pieces

Purchase Information:

Price: $157.00
Availability: Buy h & h modular bookshelf here

banded metal bookcase

This would be great in a library or livingroom.

“Cool polished nickel meets warm chocolate-stained wood. Wood-construction shelves slip into fixed position in the metal frame. Assembly required.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $369.00
Availability: Buy banded metal bookcase here

Vitsoe Shelving

My aunt and uncle have lived in the same Chicago apartment since the 60’s. Also in that apartment since the 60’s was an amazing walnut tension rod shelving system. I was thrilled when they offered it to me and it now proudly stands in my office. Even though it holds about a ton of books, it still has an amazing visual lightness to it. I can’t tell you how much I love mine. If you want to experience the same joy from something that just performs a simple function, you can buy some from Moss. The great thing about it is that it can be reconfigured if you move or if your needs change.

You can email or call them and tell them what you need and they will come up with a configuration for you. They’ll send you a drawing and a price and your new shelving will arrive fresh from the UK just like you like it.

More information:

View Vitsoe Shelving here

Scaffold 5-shelf Bookcase

Here’s a bookcase for you that is relatively inexpensive and kinda neat-looking. A satin-finish steel frame gives this a modern feel without adding a modern price tag. That always makes me happy. Assembly is required, so have your toolbox handy when it arrives.

Wenge-stained oak veneer over engineered wood shelves with a clear lacquer finish.


Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Availability: Buy Scaffold 5-shelf Bookcase here

Offi Perch Boxes

Striking bookshelves are modular and easily disassembled when necessary. And when you move, your books are already packed!

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Availability: Buy Offi Perch Boxes here