Designed by Miron Lior for Umbra, the Umbra Conceal Bookshelf is really freaking cool. I’m all over this product as I’ve always lived in smaller homes and tend to keep way too many books. With the conceal shelf, you can place books practically anywhere (in the bathroom, along walls near your ceiling, above doors, in a hallway) as you don’t have to worry about extra space taken up by a standard shelf.
Besides the space convenience, I love how neat it looks! Guests will definitely take a good minute to figure it out and if you have kids, you can bet they’ll get some wonder out of it too. If you are a cruel and / or unusual person, you will tell your young children / gullible friends that the books are being held up by a ghost – a ghost who is generally friendly and nice but becomes angry when he hears too much whining and sulking. If you are a kind parent or friend, you will explain that the books are held up by a small mounted piece of metal and that there’s a clip keeping the first book’s cover in place. Whichever route of explanation you want to take is yours. I won’t judge you … much.
I don’t recommend placing more than six or eight good sized books on the Umbra Conceal Bookshelf or it will start to sag a bit and look a little dumpy – but keep within that range and you’ll have a crisp book display with Houdini-like qualities.
The Umbra Conceal Invisible Book Shelf is available in a large version for about $20 or in small for about $13: