EGG CRATE SHELVES
Built-ins are the ultimate bookcase luxury, and my favorites are designed by architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen. Jacobsen [pictured at top] builds floor-to-ceiling walls of his signature bookcases into his all white, flooded-by-sunlight interiors. The nearly paper thin shelves are called "egg-crate cases", based on the slotted design of antique wooden egg crates. This means there is a basic outer frame to fit the wall recess, filled with slotted horizontal shelves that are then fitted with slotted vertical supports. He explained: “You are always taking books off the shelves and the rest all fall down... With this design, you can remove a whole foot and they won’t.” while these shelves are not commercially available, plans can be found here.