Mix and Match

This photo was taken on June 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM
The location was in a lobby of a very nice hotel in Rosslyn, Virginia
The "Take It!" came from having looked at this unusual combining of a display of art works using a book shelf that has been primarily painted white with the exception being the back wall of each shelf.  Most of the items placed on the shelves have an all or dominant white color which when placed in front of this black background makes them stand out.  
If this above were not pleasantly striking enough - someone had the imagination to place two framed pictures on the face of the book case. The placement of the hanging of these picture has them at the intersections of some of the shelving. This provides a pleasant balance as well as finds me with an appreciation for the precision used in the creation of the display. To me - the presentation has become a piece of artwork in of itself. 
The only distraction seemed to come from the need for supplemental lighting which was understandable, however the cords to the lights were too exposed and took just a little away from this imaginative display.
I have been going through my basement and sorting and tossing stuff.  One of the things I have found is that I have enough worthwhile books to fill a small set of shelves and am contemplating making a smaller rendition of the example shown in the photo.  One of the fun bits of sorting was finding some " self help " books as they are called and seeing how old they are - they could be now called " shelf help " books as many have such dated info in them - that they are less relevant.  The " shelf help " would come as they could be fillers for shelf space - lol.  My preference was to put them in the recycling bin. 
Please recycle or reuse whenever you can.  The thought of paper being able to be processed and once again be a part of the pleasure of bringing us the printed word in this form, gives me a form of joy.  I guess without really thinking about it, when I read that something is printed on partial or all recycled paper or fiber I have in my hands a form of reincarnation that while it may not quite fit the usual definition of having been a living animal kingdom type of thing, I think it may qualify, for it has certainly been brought about through the efforts of thoughtful hands that made it live again rather than die in a dump. 
Now, back to the bookshelf display. I hope you may consider using this approach, even if it might be for just one picture to be hung in the center of the face of shelving. This single presentation could offer a chance to conduct a rotating or changing featured piece and if it is enjoyed enough - possibly another location found for it to go up in its own permanent place.
Wishing you all a great day.


PS: Yes, paper is indeed made from a living thing.  

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Sf1967 (Saturday, 12 July 2014 13:09)

    Very modern art deco... I really like this design, if it fit the rest of my house I'd do it in a heartbeat, unfortunately this would stick out like a sore thumb in my house.

  • #2

    Sally (Saturday, 12 July 2014 13:11)

    Our Neighbor has something very similar to this. Instead of paintings he has cupboards placed in front of the shelf. He then puts plants in them and leaves the doors open. Its very unique

  • #3

    Gabe (Saturday, 12 July 2014 13:11)

    This is very cool!

  • #4

    thatoneguy (Saturday, 12 July 2014 13:12)

    I'm going to tweet this page Awesome design

  • #5

    Jim (Saturday, 12 July 2014 13:13)

    The lighting is very prominent. It looks to be strategically placed.

  • #6

    Teri (Saturday, 12 July 2014 13:15)

    How beautiful. My daughter and her husband just bought a house and my husband is doing the interior. This would be perfect.

  • #7

    Livin4love (Friday, 18 July 2014 20:39)

    Very unique bookshelf. Great catch I like how they did a lil more than load it up with books