A thing of beauty.

LCC Call Numbers:
NK2115.5.C6 Color in interior decoration.
HX1-805 Socialism. Communism.


  I have made attempts at this before, but hardly on this scale. I’ll have to keep my eyes on spines the next time I’m at the thrift store.

  A bookshelf organized by color. It’s quite stunning. However, I wonder how many of those books the individual has actually read. Utility Vs. Futility? I remember my parents having a set of Encyclopedia Britannica on our bookshelves for the sole purpose of “looking nice.”

  Chances are most of the books in this collection would not be used otherwise. The sacrifice of the few for the common good. So. it’s a communist bookshelf? Most people who commented on this bookshelf said the idea was stupid because you would never be able to find a book. These are probably the same kind of people who don’t get “art.” It is beautiful, can’t that be enough? Why must it be so cold and organized?

  If we used more creative approaches to organizing we might be able to inspire patrons. I suppose we should also consider the possibility that patrons would get really pissed.

<http://freshome.com/2008/02/12/rainbow-bookshelf&gt; February 12, 2008. Accessed February 13, 2008.


1 Response to “A thing of beauty.”

  1. 1 [d]aniel February 13, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    For a small, private collection it is perfectly viable to color code your books.

    I think most people are far more likely to remember the size, color, and where (geographically) their copy of The Lais of Marie de France is, rather than if they filed it under de France, France, Lais, The Lais, [The translator’s surname], etc. In the end, organization is almost always arbitrary, almost always contains a catch-all miscellaneous category, so why shouldn’t it be aesthetically pleasing?

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