Sunday, December 28, 2008

Nice Bookends Don't Have to Cost $685

elegant expensive brass bookends

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]

scrolled wrought iron bookends

Looking for something less expensive? Here are some wrought iron bookends. Update on Jan. 14, 2013: The store that sold these is now closed.

bookend pair that say BOOK and END

And here are some self-explanatory bookends.

man and woman bookends

Decor Craft provides this pair of bookends. Update on Jan. 31, 2011: I'm no longer finding these bookends on the web.

Alessi bookend

And Alessi has this bookstand.

spatula bookends

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.

cherry wood bookends

These cherry bookends look lovely - but again, I wonder about the heft.

cast iron bridge bookends

Heft would not be an issue with these cast iron bridge bookends.

Empire State Building 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.

Asian temple bookends, palace, Forbidden City, Beijing

For another style of architectural bookends, see the resin bookends from Talaria Enterprises. [also via Apartment Therapy]

roller skate book stop

For pure fun, there's this roller skate book stop.

giant jacks bookends

Giant jacks can also be used as bookends.

ibeam steel bookends in blue

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.

marble fragment bookend

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.

1 comment:

Cynthia Friedlob said...

Oh, too bad those cute typewriter bookends aren't available! I'd love to have them.

Of course, my current "buy nothing that isn't necessary" policy would rule them out anyway, so maybe it's all for the best!