Check out our selection of Book Case Room Dividers
In the mid-20th century, architect Le Corbusier popularized the use of modules, or standardized units for practical use, as part of modern architecture's "form follows function" philosophy. A living space, the philosophy goes, is only as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful, and the movement's bold, simple designs based on a space's role for its occupants revolutionized architecture and interior design for decades to come.
Today, you can make the most of your spaces with the same attention to practicality. Bookcases, for example, with their often compact size and clean lines, can be perfect shelving and structural components in rooms short on space but big on style.
- Cube bookcases, simple squared units stacked to create open "cubes," hark to Corbusier; for a modern divider, try jutting several low cube bookcases against each other behind a sofa or in a few rows in a studio layout. The open design of the bookcases creates a "see-through" divider that defines cozy niches while still preserving an overall airy atmosphere (and adding a little storage).
- Tall, open-backed bookcases provide storage opportunities with the same breezy feel of low cube bookcases; try one of these in a relatively narrow space with vaulted ceilings.
- Some of the most contemporary, visually appealing bookcases are both open- and closed-backed, generally featuring a system of small, cubical shelves. These bookcases make stunning room dividers by both creating an illusion of an indoor brick wall and allowing a view of the space beyond.