Bookshelves, 2

Our book­shelves in Berlin run over two floors. The only way to get to them is by using a harness.


  1. While very cool I can’t think of how expen­sive that rig / power must cost just to access your books :) I would invest in a shelf lad­der per­son­ally =) Thanks for shar­ing though, its pretty cool.

  2. Not expen­sive. Just a stan­dard moun­taineer­ing har­ness, cheap winch for build­ing sites and 4 bolts in the ceil­ing with mov­ing parts from boat­ing supplies.

  3. Oh, and a lad­der 6m (20feet) tall with stand about 2m away from the shelf at the end, so you can­not get to the books. And a ver­ti­cal lad­der would have to have wide steps and be attached to the ceil­ing. Not feasible.

  4. Dear Erik,

    I watched that video & smiled! The winch is such a beau­ti­ful, ele­gant solu­tion to a prob­lem. I first saw this arrange­ment in Dwell Mag­a­zine & made favourable com­ments, think­ing to myself “wow, what an incred­i­ble sys­tem”. I would love to have such a sys­tem myself, but fear I would just be copy­ing you.

    My Mother & I are book lovers & vora­cious read­ers, thus find­ing appro­pri­ate places to store & access books can some­times become a problem.

    The Eames House down in Pacific Pal­isades, has been tem­porar­ily relo­cated to the LACMA, the liv­ing room they had at their house also had very tall book­cases, it seems to me that in some respects that famous house & yours are both engi­neered for func­tion, use­ful­ness, aes­thet­ics, et al. Sure the con­text is dif­fer­ent, but I could not help myself see­ing a sim­i­lar­ity e.g.-storehouse of infor­ma­tion, cre­ativ­ity, a good place for the intel­lec­tu­ally curi­ous & so forth. Also, there is a new film on the husband/wife team Eames on PBS. I watched it with my Mother & we both enjoyed it greatly.



  5. Charlie

    This is more effi­cient and prac­ti­cal than a ladder.

  6. That is bril­liant! This is now added to my list of fea­tures in my dream house.

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