Thursday, 2 April 2015


Lacuna is a monumental, participatory art installation being built for the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival to be held in downtown Berkeley, June 5-7, 2015. Constructed from 50,000 books donated by the Internet Archive, Lacuna will sit in MLK Civic Center Park for the duration of the festival weekend, creating a reflective space that offers contrast to—and respite from—the busy energy of the festival. Admission to Lacuna is 100% free, and visitors to Lacuna can take books from its walls at no cost.
Project Lacuna

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Improbable Libraries

A video of me talking about my new book Improbable Libraries on the BBC flagship news programme Today.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Kosha meditative space

An innovative, original and decidedly different concept. More than a luxury piece of furniture, Kosha is a sort of protective sheath. This exceptional object consists of 33 strips of wood machined one by one then assembled by hand with a watchmaker's precision. 10 niches provide spaces to store one’s favourite books, always within easy reach. The ideal place to retire to be alone or in the company of a book.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Building with books

An excellent step-by-step description by Zoe Toft of building a den of books on World Book Day to raise money for Book Aid International (please donate via the link).
Playing by the book

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Wine barrel bookcase

Made from large retired Napa Valley wine barrels that have been carefully taken apart and fashioned into a fully functional sturdy bookcase.The deep red on the inside comes from years of exposure to quality wine. The outside of the barrel racks show visible barrel marks on the outside so you can see where the banding was and where wine was spilled during bottling.
Wine Country Craftsman

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Kosha Heritage Bookmark

The Bookshelf staff recently roadtested this lovely stainless steel 'feather' bookmark from Kosha and enjoyed the experience very much - it flattens out while inside the book, then springs gently back into feather form once released. Heartily recommended, it comes in a variety of colours.