Dear bibliophiles, a book makes any surface in the home look more beautiful, no? It's actually surprising that there aren't more pieces of furniture dedicated to books beyond a bookshelf, and more books associated with furniture beyond coffee-table books. Well, that's what we used to think. We've done some digging, and found many cool book-inspired products to consider this holiday season. Without further ado, here are our favorite home decor gift ideas for book lovers.
Don't worry, book fans, the seller HandBound Book Co states, "We never use first edition or valuable books, just those which have been waiting unloved on the shelf with great titles and covers." We've actually enjoyed seeing book clocks for some time, and they never fail to charm. They're great gifts and DIY projects (using the cover or the spine), if you're inclined. Plain cover book clocks are nice, but we do appreciate the drama of an illustrated cover as well.
If you have friends who are book collectors, it's likely they have some special-edition, large (sometimes ridiculously so) books that can't fit on traditional-sized bookstands, much less a standard bookshelf. One of the major publishers that produces such books, TASCHEN, smartly released acrylic bookstands that are sturdy and big enough to display one of their mega tomes "without damaging or straining its spine."
A book you can really sit on — we'll take one! Bookniture's "Furniture Hidden in a Book" is way more compact than a fold-up chair or stool, and looks chic open or closed. It's an ideal space saver. To take it to the next level, they could put a story in it, right? Check out how it transforms into dream minimalist seating below.
Actor Mark Saul is the artisan behind Novel Brand's book sculptures, each skillfully crafted by hand. He can custom fold book pages into shapes and names of your choosing, to truly personalize a gift for your book lover. Want to see where the sculptures are made? Tour the Silver Lake home he shares with wife, Ilana, here.
Designed by San Francisco–based designer Max Gunawan in 2013, the Lumio Book Lamp is an absolute wonder in flexible, innovative light design. It is cordless, rechargeable, water-resistant, lightweight, and compact. Buy us three, please!
Here's how to say goodbye to dusty bookshelves! Iceland-based design team AUGUSTAV produce a very unique way to display a book collection — by hanging it. Visually, it's stunning, and the pins that actually help hold the books conveniently serve as bookmarks. Each book rack is custom made from oak and comes with 12 pins. The couple says on their page that for each item sold, they plant a tree, so it's the kind of gift that keeps giving.
Jonathan Adler has many bookends in his line — starting at an affordable $48.99 for a sale item — but these acrylic aquamarine spheres are so eye catching, reflecting off their brass bases, we were instantly drawn to them. They'd liven up any surface.
Really, what book lover wouldn't want this beauty? This perhaps would go to your greatest love at this price point. Handmade in Italy of leather and wood, "easily cleaned with shoe cream," this book mini bar is certainly that kind of gift for a literary person who thinks they have everything. The decanter and two glasses are included; you bring the alcohol. Cheers!
Author and book editor Teena Apeles is a collector of vintage pieces and untold stories. She writes about art, culture, design, activism, and history, and edits books on an even wider range of subjects. She is the founder of the creative collective Narrated Objects, which released the anthology Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles, a unique exploration of the lives and homes of Angelenos, and We Heart L.A. Parks, an artful and interactive travel guide to the city's public parks.