This has been a peeve for a couple of years. I think that’s how long it’s been since I started noticing bookshelves in certain furniture catalogs with the books shelved spine in. There is uniformity and the furniture can stand out. This makes sense when you want a consumer’s attention to be on the furniture, not to be distracted by what’s on it, but this trend in decorating is annoying otherwise:
- Unless you know all your books and where they go by heart, or you are going to have a hell of a time finding a book.
- There is no way a guest could come in and discover a book. No way to have a conversation about a book on those shelves.
- It implies that a books function is as a design element rather than to be, you know, actually read.
A trend in the same vein, (but at least you can label the books in this case) is wrapping books in covers to display them: