Art Meets Functionality: This 3D Printed Parisian Building Bookend is Perfect for the Literary Traveler

Humans go on holiday to unwind, designers go on holiday to get inspired! While on a trip to Paris, designer Ezra Feldman found himself looking at the Hausmann-style buildings around the city… and as he admired the tapered roofs on the buildings, an idea struck him! The tapered roof detail would serve as a great resting point for books! Feldman immediately rushed to his computer to mock up a model and make a 3D print, and voila! The Paris Bookend was born!

Designed to add a French charm to your bookshelf, the Paris Bookend is a miniature 3-storey building modeled in the classic Hausmann style. With a Mansard roof (that tilts in two places), the bookend lets your books naturally lean over against the side of the mini building, making it look as if the architecture is supporting your library. It comes with detailed out chimneys, windows, and an adorable red door too, adding a gorgeous Parisian charm to your home that feels a lot more authentic than those run-of-the-mill Eiffel Tower memorabilia.

Designer: Ezra Feldman

The building, modeled in pretty vivid detail, sits on a plastic plinth or platform that also holds one book, prompting it to rest at an angle. The part of the roof where the book rests has no window, allowing the roof to be absolutely flat so the books can rest on it without getting damaged. The front and side, however, feature windows with or without curtains, to add a little visual drama, and a red door that almost feels like an iconic entrance to a quaint cafe or bookshop.

While you can’t directly buy the bookend, Feldman does sell the 3D file online for as little as $1.6 USD, where you can download the CAD file in all its various parts and print it on your own 3D printer. Feldman recommends printing the base platform with a high infill so it doesn’t collapse in on itself, and the building itself can be either left untouched with the supports inside it, or can be hollowed out and turned into an illuminating lamp with hollow windows that let light seep outwards! It’s all up to you!

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This bookend is also a Bluetooth speaker that can read out audiobooks

Design, meet vertical integration…

Created as a part of the Render Weekly Instagram Competition, this little number from Jonas Daehnert is part bookend and part Bluetooth speaker. It sits on your bookshelf, holding your books in place but also gives you the ability to listen to music, podcasts, and even audiobooks! Pretty neat, huh?

Designer: Jonas Daehnert

Daehnert cites Teenage Engineering as one of his points of inspiration. Taking cues from the computer-1 foldable CPU chassis, Daehnert created a similar foldable-style bookend that can be flat-packed while shipping and bent into shape by the user. The Bluetooth speaker plugs right into the metal armature, and a nifty flick-switch on the front lets you power the speaker on or off.

Assembling the Bookend Speaker is ridiculously easy and only really needs a screwdriver. First, bend the metal sheet into its bookend shape, and then screw the speaker in place using the screws and washers provided. Once you’re done, find a nice bookshelf that’s also conveniently located near a plug point and you’re ready to go! The only thing it really now needs is a dock for your Kindle and the Bookend Speaker officially tackles all three book-related experiences – paper books, audiobooks, and ebooks.

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This clever corrugated bookend also doubles as an iPad stand!

Here’s proof that a great idea can absolutely uplift something as mundane as a simple piece of sheet metal and turn it into a beautiful product. Made of powder-coated steel sheet, the FCTNDSGN Bookend comes in an ‘L’ shaped form, albeit with one flat end and one corrugated one. This unique form factor isn’t just a stylistic design-choice, it serves a unique purpose too. The flat and corrugated surfaces allow the FCTNDSGN Bookend to work not just as a bookend, but also as a bookstand that lets you prop up anything from hardbound (or even paperback) books, vinyl discs, or even tablets! The multiple corrugations give you the freedom to prop things up at a variety of angles, and with a little creativity, you could even use the Bookends as a cooling-rack for your laptop! The FCTNDSGN Bookends come in four colors – Sea Foam Blue, Teal, Apricot, and Wine.

Designer: FCTNDSGN

A Brighter Bookend


Nothing will bring your bookshelf style down like a bad bookend as they’re often comical or cheesy! Why not try something new? The Atlas Lamp breathes new life to boring bookshelves with a touch of ambient light that can be placed almost anywhere. No larger than a book itself, each Atlas Lamp can keep your books organized and upright and provide a cozy glow when it comes time to read!

Designer: Georg Åhrström






Superheroine Bookend and Bookshelf: Superlibrarian

Artori design has come up with an amazing bookend and shelf that celebrates super women. These two superhero designs are perfect for fans of Wonder Woman and other women who kick butt. Both pieces feature a silhouette of a female superhero demonstrating her superpower, which is to hold your books up.

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The design on both the bookend and the shelf is really striking and full of action. You can use them for all of your favorite superhero comic books.

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The bookend features her holding your books up as they look like they are falling. The shelf makes it look like she is lifting all of the weight while flying upward. They will definitely add some drama to your library. Each one sells for $35(USD).

[via Incredible Things via Geekologie]

Captain Kirk Bookend: Space Librarian

ThinkGeek is selling this cool Captain Kirk bookend/sculpture, and yes, that is singular, you only get one. If you want a pair, you’ll have to pay twice as much. Isn’t a single bookend about as useful as a single sock?

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This appears to be the same bookend we talked about last year from Entertainment Earth. I’m not sure though because ThinkGeek says there are only 600 of these available globally, and Entertainment Earth said 500. All I know is you better need your books held up pretty badly to spend more than $130 for a pair of bookends.

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What I really want is a face-palming Picard to hold up my book at the other end.