Yesterday we floated the idea that the new design of the Billy bookcase may be leaving the "book" out of the case. But the truth is, people have been using this bookcase for other purposes for as long as it's been around. Take this bookcase's use as a room divider for Mette Helena and her daughter, who share a one-bedroom apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark.
On one side of the divider is Mette's sleeping area and an open hanging closet nook. Mette lined the back panels of the Billy bookcase with wallpaper to add a design element to the very practical solution for the shared bedroom. Additionally, storage boxes are covered with wallpaper to prettify the look.
Mette's daughter's bedroom area is much more whimsical than her mother's sleeping area. Various wallpaper patterns are mixed on the walls and the bookcases to create a playful feel and outline the kid's area of the room. Overall, the arrangement is surprisingly airy looking given the dimensional constraints.
I'm constantly inspired by small homes that function well and are absolutely lovely to look at as well. It's a hard feat to pull off successfully, and this artistic mom and her daughter have created a practical and pretty space that meets their needs. Nice work, family!
Have you used Billy bookcases to hold something other than books? Tell me about your creative usage, and then take a look at Mette's entire art-filled apartment here.