Umbra Biblioteca Bookshelf

by FOKaL on December 28, 2009

Umbra Biblioteca Bookshelf

In a burst of repurposing creativity, Matt Carr rescued two vintage Queen Anne style coffee tables destined for a land fill and used them to make a playful bookshelf for his home. By cutting each table in half, refinishing and then stacking them against a wall, Carr gave them new personality and function without destroying the essential beauty of their original lines.

The Biblioteca Bookshelf recreate Carr’s original with rich, natural mahogany and black lacquered sides and legs for an unusual juxtaposition of color and texture that adds to the playfulness of the overall design. The detailing of the shelves is true to the Queen Anne tradition – the framed table edges and scrollwork feature grooved edgework and a beveled lip around the tabletops and the graceful, turned legs are perfectly proportioned.

The playfulness of the four table halves stacked on top of each other is delightful, however, and is what gives the Biblioteca its impact. No Queen Anne furniture was ever meant to be cut up and stacked as though in a warehouse, and certainly not lacquered black. It’s startling at first glance, but the stark color and the curves work with each other.< The repetition of curved legs leads the eye inexorably upward and the scrollwork draws the eye gently across. It's an art piece that will frame whatever you place on it beautifully. The open back keeps it airy and light – this isn’t a heavy or bulky bookcase at all, but a delicate, decorative piece despite the dark color. It will be delightful in any room that needs shelving that’s not only practical but fun.

44” x 37” 11”


You can get your Biblioteca Bookshelf at directly from UMBRA.

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