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The Visual Autobiography: Why you should upgrade your office bookcases

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Feb 1, 2014

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In the contemporary office environment, the Ikea Billy bookcase is nearly as common as bad coffee and personal gossip. But you can – and should – do better. After all, a bookcase is more than just a piece of furniture suitable for storing old reports and unwanted gifts from co-workers and your mother-in-law. Instead, it’s an inventory of your brand, personality and experiences, and it offers others – clients and colleagues alike – a window into your professional story. “It’s a visual autobiography,” says Calgary’s Andrea Sendziak, the head of her eponymously named interior design firm.

That’s why you want that window to be made from materials that are a bit more upmarket than particleboard and glue. Invest in a beautiful bookshelf, and the things you put inside it are bound to stand out – and maybe, so will you. “It boils down to your brand, who you are, and what you want people to take from you on their first impression,” says Marie Hebson of Edmonton’s InteriorsByDesign.

“So why not invest in a gorgeous bookcase?”


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