As I may have mentioned before, I love books. I’d have built-in bookshelves in every room of my house if I could, including the kitchen and bathrooms. I keep a file of pictures I’ve ripped out of magazines that I like and about 75% of them feature bookshelves.
Which may be why this picture intrigues me (I found it at Craftzine). I love organizing things, but I’m not sure if I’d go so far as to group all of my books according to color. Still, it’s a pretty cool effect, so long as you don’t have to find anything too quickly.
It reminded me of the very cool Adobe Bookstore experiment in which Chris Cobb, a San Francisco artist, rearranged all 20,000 books in the store according to color. He called it “There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World,” and said it was based on the idea that “Even though there is so much to be unhappy about in this world, we should try to create something amazing and beautiful and interesting despite all of the problems.”
How he went from that concept to “I think I’ll reorganize the shelves of an independent bookstore according to color,” I have no idea. But the results were pretty eye-catching.
These were two photos taken of Chris Cobbs’ project in 2004. It took him and a team of 16 volunteers 10 hours to rearrange them all. (Photos courtesy of Superherodesigns.)
So many people were inspired by this concept that you can find photos of “book rainbows” all over the Web. One Flkr photo pool showcases lots of different takes on Cobbs’ original vision. Here’s one (go to Flickr to see more):
Even my friend Ann Kroeker did her own take on it last year. Ann says, “Title-browsing can be rather disconcerting, as there’s nothing tying the books together thematically, nor are they collected by author or alphabetical order. The primary thing they share in common is the color of their spines. This is not the natural choice of a book lover, I’ll admit. But I’m happy with the way my family room feels.”
Kim Myles of HGTV’s show “Myles of Styles” recently arranged books according to color in this room:
So what do you all think? Has anyone else out there done this? Would you ever consider it? As for me, well, I think I’m content to just enjoy looking at other peoples’ literary rainbows for now. But maybe after I finally convince my husband to build some built-in bookshelves in our dining room, I’ll consider it.
If You’re Hooked on Books, check out this fun collection of Bizarre Bookshelves.