Magazine bookshelf

Designer Sean Miller came up with the perfect project that puts all those issues of National Geographic magazines to good use. Miller recycled about 80 copies into a functional bookshelf. The immediately recognizable yellow of the magazine adds a nice bit of color to it as well.

Sean coated the magazines with a a water/starch mixture and then he placed them under pressure for about a week to harden. Next he took a band saw to the consolidated stack and carved out space for a shelf. Holes were also cut into the bookshelf’s sides, allowing it to slide onto three rods to be hung.

One of my favorite National Geographic stories is the search seventeen years later for the Afghan girl with the piercing green eyes whose portrait famously graced the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic.