Sunday, December 28, 2008
Do you know how hard it is to find nice bookends? -- Salvatore LaRosa
The brass bookends above, designed by Austrian modernist Carl Auböck, used to be available at Design Within Reach for $498 (on sale from $750). Maybe the store decided that price wasn't "within reach" for most of its customers, because DWR doesn't carry them any more. But you can get them from The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt for $685 - less if you're a museum member. [via Better Living Through Design and roadside scholar]
Looking for something less expensive? Here are some wrought iron bookends. Update on Jan. 14, 2013: The store that sold these is now closed.
And here are some self-explanatory bookends.
Decor Craft provides this pair of bookends. Update on Jan. 31, 2011: I'm no longer finding these bookends on the web.
And Alessi has this bookstand.
These spatula bookends might appeal to a chef. I'm hoping they have enough heft to be effective. Update on June 8, 2011: I'm no longer finding these bookends.
These cherry bookends look lovely - but again, I wonder about the heft.
Heft would not be an issue with these cast iron bridge bookends.
Restoration Hardware has a number of architectural bookends, cast in brass: the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Roman Coliseum - and the Empire State Building. (And they're currently on sale.) [via Apartment Therapy] Update on June 8, 2011: The selection at Restoration Hardware has changed, and is much more limited.
For another style of architectural bookends, see the resin bookends from Talaria Enterprises. [also via Apartment Therapy]
For pure fun, there's this roller skate book stop.
Giant jacks can also be used as bookends.
The simplicity of these ibeam bookends really appeals to me. They're made from a structural steel beam; a non-slip rubber coating is applied to the bottom. The powdercoating is available in five colors. Update on July 15, 2010 and Jan. 14, 2013: Sadly, the web site that sold these seems to be gone. However, you can get other styles of I beam bookends from Ralph Lauren Home and from Katch Design Co.
And finally, these marble fragments from Studio Vertu Europe make beautiful bookends.
For more interesting bookends, see the prior posts with the dragon bookends, the bird feet bookends, the aleph-tav bookends, and the Leather Zoo bookends.