It always makes me happy to see old discarded books assume second lives, so of course it was love at first sight with Jim Rosenau’s contemporary fine art furniture, particularly the thematic bookcases and shelves created from vintage books. Based in Berkeley California, Rosenau was inspired after reading Nicholson Baker’s essay “Books As Furniture,” and has been creating the bookshelves (and selling them both in the US and internationally) since 2002. Just take a gander at these beauties…wow! I love the colors, choice of titles, and related objects incorporated (keyboard letters with a key rack, kitchen tools with cooking titles, hose nozzles with gardening books). Those of you lucky enough to live in Baltimore Maryland can see Rosenau exhibit this weekend, February 27th-March 1, at the American Craft Council Show. You can also view and buy works on Rosenau’s website This Into That.