Luke Hart: Rubber Bookshelf

Rubber Bookshelf for The Sculpture House, silicone and steel, 2011 by Luke Hart

Shelves, in part, are meant for organizing. But don’t you ever just casually throw, pile, and stack you books your bookshelf?

This Rubber Bookcase designed by Luke Hart makes one very much aware of how and where to display books on a shelf. The rubber material gives and bows with the weight of a book. Because there are no side walls, you must have a tall book that stretches past between the layers of rubber to create tension and stability in order to put shorter book. In addition, the shelves mold and transform in shape with certain book which causes you to consider the best possible areas to place other books on neighboring shelves.

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