A womb with a view...
"The Cave" bookshelf by Japanese furniture designer Sakura Adachi offers booklovers a comfortable space in which they can really become one with their reading material.
Originally from Aichi prefecture in Japan, 29-year-old Adachi is now based in Milan, Italy, and works for design firm Studio & Partners. Her enticing bookshelf design, now available in smaller versions for kids and pets (pets can read... who knew?) is intended to provide a relaxing, comfortable environment for readers.
Really get into your reading!
"I wanted to create a situation like from your childhood," says Adachi. "Like when you're at home, hiding under the table, listening to your parents' conversation. That is a memorable experience that many people have."
The pleasingly proportioned design acts as a room divider, allowing access to reading material from either side. Meanwhile, an integral reading lamp shines down upon anyone occupying the cozy, womb-like chair area.
"Who you callin' dog-eared??"
"The Cave" is a new design just recently put into production and current prices reflect that: 5,250 euros (about $7,045) for the large version and around $4,830 for the kid's version.
The bookshelves are made to order at a dedicated facility in the UK and orders take approximately 8 to 12 weeks to be delivered. If you're interested in any of Adachi's designs, you can order direct from her website at Sakurah.net (via NY Times and YankoDesign)
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