File under: Fashion-not-Function, although it’s not impractical considering how few actual CDs anyone is purchasing anymore. Spotted on Yanko’s roundup of the year’s best, the iShelf by designer Li Jianye displays 5 jewel cases at a time in the recognizable iTunes library format. I’m a complete and total sucker for this kind of computer stuff migrated into the real world.
Yeah, the “shelf” is not going to house your whole collection, but you don’t really want your entire, potentially-embarassing music collection out for the world to see when it’s this easy to let house-guests think you listen pretty exclusively to stuff like Jeff Buckley or, like, Wire or Black Flag or something. I don’t know. Pick 5 really cool things, and that’s what you could display. I give up.