Now the iconic bookcase is celebrating its 30th birthday and Siobhan Toman at the BBC celebrates 30 years of with some fascinating facts :
... a behemoth of the bookcase world. Designed by only the fourth employee for Ikea, 41 million have been sold since 1979. The factory where the bookcases are made knocks out 15 Billys a minute; 3.1 million a year.Huma Kureishi in the Guardian's Life and Style section talks about how :
... a Billy bookcase is actually very boring: an unassuming, plain, functional, building-block-style bog-standard bookcaseand the pleasure comes with customising it for yourself.
Of course the easiest way to customise a bookcase is - with books. Toman ruminates on one of the questions we love to keep coming back to on this blog - what do your bookshelves say about YOU?
And I thought we'd covered every possible way of organising books on bookshelves, but in the comments Laurie of London adds a new one :
I try and leave my books arranged in the order I read them. My bookshelves have now taken on diary-like qualities for me - I can look over them and remember where I was, who I was going out with, or what frame of mind I was in when I read certain books.Sadly though one fact that doesn't get any space in these two pieces is that the factory which has been producing them all this while is about to close.
(Lots of photos of Billy bookshelves in use on Flickr.)