How many takes will it take to kill the backwards bookshelves trend?
I don’t know. But that won’t stop me from tryin’.
#Backwardsbooks is a recently reemerged design trend where books are flipped to hide their colorful spines. The effect is neutral and monochromatic and, I guess, pleasing to the minimalistic Crate and Barrel elite.
It’s also violently boring and offensive to traditional bookshelf design values — principles my living room was built on.
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The backwards bookshelf fad first emerged sometime in 2009. At the time, it was believed to a reactionary movement against the growing and equally heinous “organize by color” bookshelf aesthetic. …