Monday, April 26, 2010

Living in a house with 6,000 or so adult books, and 2,000 children's books, we're always lacking for shelf space. This concept made me laugh out loud.

According to ReadyMade, "Books are heavy and somewhat difficult to transport if you want to bring, say, more than 10 along with you. But thanks to David Garcia Studio’s mobile bookcase (Archive II), you can roll your personal library with you wherever your feet take you—and it even offers a place to curl up and read a few chapters. A gerbil wheel for bibliophiles, this interesting  concept was “inspired by ancient traveling libraries from the Far East, which visited courts and cities, Archive II transforms this into a personal space, where walking and reading coexist as refuge and transport.”"

One wonders: where, exactly, would you take your books in a contraption like this? Down the street to a friend's? Would you roll along the sidewalk, or compete with cars on the street? Would it even fit through the door? How would you get up the stairs?

And yet, there's something about the contraption that I intensely like.


  1. What you'd need is a 6,000 square foot house, with no interior walls, so you could get your exercise by rolling back and forth and back again.

    This is a nice link of oddball bookcases:

  2. I'm picturing trying to get it on the subway. Clearly NOT an urban-friendly invention! :)