If you hate extraneous clutter but need to organise your books, here’s just the thing: Paul Cocksedge’s Invisible Bookend is an exercise in function over form. Largely because you can’t see the damn thing.
In fact, the whole concept of the piece is a rather profound one. Cocksedge claims to be exploring the question “would you want to own something, when all you can see is what it does, not what it is?”. That’s a pretty tough question, and he stretches the concept as far as possible: his website just shows pictures of the bookend in action, and not a single image of the item itself. He explains:
“I wanted to discover if other people would enjoy as much as I do seeing books displayed without any other object to distract attention from them. This is a design which is not about appearance, only function. That’s the beauty of it.”
There are a few scant details floating around: it’s freestanding, requires no mechanical fitting, holds more than a metre and a half’s length of books and is made from stainless steel. Other than that, the decision to purchase or not rests on whether you like what it does. If you do, it’s available to purchase now for $US80 and will ship on November 12. [Paul Cocksedge via DeZeen]