Modern and Creative Bookshelf Designs

Modern and Creative Bookshelf Designs

Modern bookshelves and creative shelf designs from all over the world.

Rolling Shelf

A wall mounted shelving unit in which the shelves roll back to accommodate tall objects and remain in position until you move them back to their original position.

Rolling Shelf

Rolling Shelf 2

Magnetic Shelves

Each shelf contains between one and three neodymium magnets, which are very powerful and allow for a strong connection to your fridge.

Magnetic Shelves

Magnetic Shelves 2

Graffititek Bookshelf

Based on Parisian Graffiti art, the design aims to offer new perspective on the craft by reinterpreting it in a three-dimesional way.

Graffititek Bookshelf

Triangle Shelf

T.shelf is a unique shelving system that can be setup around your existing furniture, or can be just hanged by itself as a sculptural object.

Triangle Shelf

Polar Bear Shelf

The Polar Bear Shelf is a bookshelf that is shaped like a polar bear.

Polar Bear Shelf

Movement Bookcase

The Movement Bookcase includes a arrangement of bent nails which can be shaped in the form of legs and arms, acting as book holders.

Movement Bookcase

Christmas Tree Bookshelf

A true modernist finds unique ways to decorate. Case in point: the Christmas Tree Bookshelf!

Christmas Tree Bookshelf

Modern Shelves by Maria Yasko

“Unusually beautiful” is the only way to describe the designs of Maria Yasko, a Russian designer inspired by nature and the surroundings.

Modern Shelves by Maria Yasko

Modern Shelves by Maria Yasko 2

Modern Shelves by Maria Yasko 3

Skateboard Shelf

Skateboard shelf is a piece of furniture that every skateboard lover would tell your that is awesome.

Skateboard Shelf

The Infinity Bookcase

Bookcase that represents the infinite power of books and learning.

The Infinity Bookcase

Cave Bookcase

Sakura Adachi designed a special Cave bookcase for urban people.

Cave Bookcase

Cave Bookcase 3

REK Extending Bookcase

REK is a bookcase that grows with your book collection. The more books, the bigger the bookcase.

REK Extending Bookcase

REK Extending Bookcase 2

MYDNA Twist Bookcase

Creative bookcase design with twisted shape.

MYDNA Twist Bookcase

Neverending Bookcase

Unique project by Luca Nichetto for “I have a dream! 2007”.

Neverending Bookcase

Neverending Bookcase 2

The Amazing Staircase

Levitate Architects came up with this ingenious solution to a book storage problem and created a loft-like bedroom nestled under the roof of the top-floor apartment.

The Amazing Staircase

Albero della Cuccagna Bookcase

A bookcase for children designed like a tree by Matteo Casarosa.

Albero della Cuccagna Bookcase

Inverted Bookshelf

The inverted bookshelf turns a bit of your living room upside down as it hangs all of the books from the bottom instead of supporting them from below.

Inverted Bookshelf

Lovely Rita Bookshelf

Lovely Rita can live as a single shelf or be repeated endlessly by combining additional units, becoming a bookcase of the desired length.

Lovely Rita Bookshelf

Equation Bookshelf

A simple idea of dividing things in priority order… put together the books that you need immediately or more important between (parentheses)! Set others between [square brackets] and {braces}.

Equation Bookshelf

Malus Communis Shelf

Creative tree-like shelf used for storing cds and dvds.

Malus Communis Shelf

Malus Communis Shelf 2

Spell Shelf

Designer Da-Eun Song had an interesting idea when he designed this shelf that spells out shelf.

Spell Shelf

Also check out: Invisible Bookshelf and Tree Branch Bookshelf

  1. M.Hartz

    This site is a delight. You find quite impressive photos of unique, artistic designs.

  2. ViviaN

    These shelves are really cool!
    The cave shelf is genius!

  3. Mandaa

    I love this site.

  4. adgrou


  5. drikkes

    For a book maniac like me, the staircase shelf looks awesome. The others look quite cool, but they need too much space.

  6. i

    Design makes me happy. Maria Yasko = amazing.

  7. Mobila

    Excelent post, excelent pictures and ideas!

  8. Derrick

    Some are really nice. Thanks for this and a happy new year to you.

  9. Kien

    Makes me want to go to Home Depot and make my own bookcase or at least try to.

  10. nounou


  11. Mag

    staircase is the best!

  12. click

    nice thanks

  13. haroon

    wow, awesome!

  14. Hidama

    I would love to have the staircase bookshelves going up to a loft in a Tree-house!

  15. frebro

    “The Donkey” bokshelf by Penguin should also be on this list — it’s really cool (and designed in 1939):

  16. asd

    euh, come on, 21ste century, books are 20ste century and before… today if you wanna read, both information or amusement -> INTERNET is teh place.

  17. christine nicole

    I stumbled upon toxel and I absolutely LOVE this stuff! so much fun! I especially love the equation book shelf

  18. Saif Ahmed

    I love the Equation Bookshelf!!! I went to the website and it doesn’t appear to be on sale, seems to be a concept shelf. I think this shelf would be very popular amongst math departments (if they could afford it) and hedge funds (they can definitely afford it!)

  19. Cindy Wheeler

    DNA twist the best

  20. Honour Chick

    great bookshelves… very creative :)

  21. Keith

    Not bad, I like quite a number of designs of the bookshelves. This will give me an idea of how to design my new personal home office!

  22. Jared Lyda

    Awesome compilation of pics! My wheels are already turning….

    Jared Lyda

  23. ketut

    wow…………….brilian idea

  24. Lyra

    i especially like the staircase bookshelf

  25. Anita

    There are some beautiful designs there but… quite a few are displayed without books! Will putting books into the Christmas Trees or the Polar Bear detract from the design?

  26. Sarah

    Though these are beautiful, they are more (mostly) concept and beauty over function.
    So my favorite, as seen several times, is the library stairs.
    As for others, Even adding books to them would take away from the beauty. Even in the photos they are empty or scarcly clad, so to speak.
    Wonderful, still.

  27. Scott M

    The staircase bookshelf is such a great design. Reminds me of Berg’s bunkbed steps/bookshelves.

    So in love with functional design, the Cave Shelf is definitely going on my project list.

  28. n1x0n

    quite e few designs for people who have 5 books in their house :-)

  29. Tracy


  30. isettina

    I think that the most beautiful is The Infinity Bookcase!!! <3

  31. hediye

    wow. Very nice designs ;)

  32. Lisha xx

    omg its sooooo cool… i LOVE it!!!! just one question… how do u get the upside down books off???? and on to??? lol xx


    Extending Book shelf is best…………

  34. Ben

    wow, this is really an eye opener, and the designs are simply out of this world.

  35. Gary

    A great collection of shelving, and awesome site.

  36. Ben

    These shelves ara really exellent.

  37. themaphabit

    My favorites are the tree design and the one you can actually sit in. I them all

  38. Dipak

    great idea…………

  39. amanhem

    smart, intelligent and clever desings

  40. Sandra

    I can imagine the MYDNA twist bookcase in my reading room.mmhmm

  41. Nagendra Gupta

    simply super

  42. thibel

    i neeeed the cave bookshelf!! the skateboard one is pretty awesome too.

  43. nelson melenedez


  44. tribivan

    Awesome. I like the Equation shelf too

  45. Pezardzam

    So cool!!! I like it

  46. kamal

    You guys rock!!! Amazing photographs.. man.. where did you find them all

  47. kanupriya

    its inspiring.

  48. josh

    OMG, I really wish these were real. I’m actually upset that I can’t have that staircase. Lmao

  49. sevgililer günü hediyesi

    i neeeed the cave bookshelf!! the skateboard one is pretty awesome too

  50. Wilson

    Simplely is the best . They are too much complicated, and make you into a mass. I think the important thing to make it better is to think about the spatial impression.

  51. charnchai lersbantornkul

    Wow. I love them all.

  52. Hediye

    Really nice l need some

  53. twonay

    very nice :)

  54. steph

    how would u get the books from the middle parts of the infity shelf?? lol j/w

  55. pix

    Great inspiration!

  56. Tim



  57. jamous

    simply undescribable!

  58. alice


  59. maryam

    thank.i love have one of them in my room

  60. dt

    awesome i luv the designs!! especially the Albero della Cuccagna Bookcase

  61. Matt

    Great ideas. I love the tree!

  62. Janna

    These bookshelves are really cool ! I want and need them especially the Cave Bookcase. I’m a bookworm you know! ♥ What’s the price range ? hmm ..

  63. Sophie

    Love the shelfs by Maria Yasko

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