Some functions or pieces of furniture go hand in hand, like the bookshelf/ bookcase and armchair/ bench/ sofa. Any kind of combination between these items is successful when trying to design a reading corner or to accessorize a workspace. A lot of designers came up with their own brilliant versions for the combo.
With the Archive Series Bookshelf by David Garcia you can surround yourself with your favorite books or reading material. The contemporary designs allows it to be a focal point while staying simple. Use this sculptural piece in the bedroom, on the hallway, in the living room, home office or library.
Feltstool4 is a really simple piece actually. It has a fluid and continuous design with soft curves and layers. It’s basically a simple stool with three small compartments for storing books. It’s just what you need in a small space.
Here’s another creative combo, this time between a bench and a bookcase. The bench sits perfectly into the bookcase, like a piece of a puzzle. The whole unit occupies little floor space and lets you have everything you need for your reading corner in one package.
The Cave bookcase has a casual design which allows the user to curl up inside it and enjoy a good book without having to worry about anything else. The books are all right there, easy to find and to grab and the nook is really cozy.
The Book seat by fishtnk combines seating and storage in one compact and attractive design. Use the built-in compartments for books, magazines or basically anything else you want. The design convenient, space-efficient and functional.
Similarly, the Console Bookshelf by Katz represents a self-contained seating and shelving unit, with numerous compartments for books, magazines and other objects and an integrated seat in a bold and contrasting color.
The Bookworm Chair by Atelier010 not only has a really interesting shape but also features everything a reading nook needs in a single structure. There’s a comfy seat which allows numerous cozy positions, a series of storage compartments and even a small reading lamp.
The Dondola rocking chair by Pucci de Rossi is not exactly your typical, old-fashioned rocking chair like grandma used to have. It’s a modern version of that piece, with a continuous, fluid design and built-in storage for a few of your favorite books.
Easy Reader combines a bookshelf and a bench in a simple, compact design on wheels. The wooden bench has a backrest on one end and red felt cushions. Given the reduced dimensions of the piece, the bench is only 50 cm wide. It was meant as a simple and versatile accessory which is easy to relocate.
And if you enjoy your mobility, even when you’re reading, take a look at Bookinis. A bookshelf and a chair combine forces and a wheel at the front makes the piece mobile. Equipped with a reading light, a cup holder and a secret compartment, this is quite the interesting design.
Designed by He Mu and Zhang Qian, the Sunflower Chair is an attractive piece, with a round, yellow, cushioned seat at the center and individual bookshelves circling around it. Through there are a few small minuses like the fact that the bottom shelves leave no room for the feet while reading, the chair is really interesting.
A similar concept was used when designing the Bibliochaise, except this one is square-shaped. The piece by Nobody & Co combines a bookshelf and a lounger in one practical design. The hybrid piece is especially useful in small spaces.
The Reading Furniture by Remi Van Oers is simple, straight-forward as well as multifunctional. It combines a chair, a bookshelf and a reading lamp and they all interact in a really fluid and harmonious way.
Versatile and stylish, the Ludus Modular Sofa by Patricia Hopfer combines a sectional sofa, a bed and a bookcase in one great piece. The design, however, limits your options since it can’t be placed against the wall.
The Loft in Sofa chair by Daisuke Motogi basically allows anything from books to remote controls and other small objects to be inserted anywhere thanks to the creative structure of this piece. You can hide or store things in between the cushions. Just don’t forget you did that.
Although the Hollow Chair by Judson Beaumont wasn’t necessarily designed to double as a bookcase, the built-in storage can be filled with books if desired. Alternatively, you can fill it with toys or leave it empty so your tiny dog or cat can relax there.
Anoop Joseph designed a modular seating system with integrated bookshelves as a response to the high demand of multifunctional furniture. The design is ingenious and clever.
Tatic is sculptural combination of a bookcase and an armchair by Tembolat Gugkaev. It was meant to be placed against a wall or even in a corner. It allows the user to reach for books without even getting up.