Book-walls are just aesthetic now, just an unusually dense wallpaper: We don’t really need them for consultation. I can probably find the complete text of most of them online within an hour.
That’s from a Globe & Mail essay, A Lament For The Bookshelf. And of course when I read it I thought: Now there‘s an idea — a book-spine wallpaper pattern! [IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please see after the jump -- it exists! Sort of!]
I can easily imagine a variety of choices for different consumer segments, based on what identity each one wants to project. Old-school classics? Dense philosophy? Hip contemporary fiction? Art tomes? Hilariously ironic “bad” books? Etc.
Or how about this: A flat screen that hangs on the wall and is about the size of a bookshelf, or even a book case, that displays a rotating assortment of book spines? It could be tied to what’s actually in your Kindle or whatever, or it could be a complete fantasy. There could be a subscription service so your virtual shelf is always displaying whatever got the best reviews in the Times in the past few months.
Moreover, the book spines don’t even have to be photorealistic, they could be executed in various visual styles, like this. Or, again, a subscription service so a different artist rendered the idea of the books you would like have on display, if you actually had a bookshelf.
C’mon. That could happen.
[Update: Or has it happened already? More after the jump.]
Thanks to @yellowdoorhouse I am belatedly aware of “Genuine Fake Bookshelf” wallpaper by Deborah Bowness! Example below. [You can see this wallpaper or something very, very much like it, "in action" at the SoHo House, apparently. Or you could when this picture from my friends at Poketo was taken.]
Still — the ever-changing version via flat-screen subscription scheme, I don’t think that’s been done. Has it??
Another update! See comments.