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Today’s illusion once again includes furniture. What? How in a world can these things fall into optical illusions topic, you ask me? To find out, check out this “ordinary” bookshelf built by Italian designers Eva Alessandrini and Roberto Saporiti of the Italian furniture design firm Saporiti. Can you see if there is something out of ordinary going on? How long did it take before you were able to spot it? Still no luck? Then feel free to jump inside this article, and scroll until you see the solution!

Another Optical Illusion BookshelfHow about if we remove all of the books and just leave the empty bookshelves? See the subtle message now? Hope you like it as much as I did!

Another Optical Illusion Bookshelf

Italian studio Saporiti has created an interesting alphabetical and numerical bookshelf casings, which allows customers to choose individual letters to spell short phrases, dates, or other.


65 Responses
  1. Mihai says:

    Could not see it in the first one, only after I looked at the second one was I able to see the message. Really nice. ;)

  2. Mike says:

    Read your book case.

  3. shehzad says:

    ‘READ YOUR BOOK CASE’ …. nice illusion!!!!!

  4. Phil says:

    Nice, although I could see most of it straight away I couldn’t wok out what the last letter of the top line was supposed to be until I saw it without the books!

  5. Nothing says:

    That is awesome!!! Can you buy it or is it custom made?

  6. Kathryn says:

    So cool! Didn’t see that! :)

  7. Care Bear says:

    This is going to take a while.

  8. Care Bear says:

    But I do like the shelf.

  9. Kerri says:

    Very cool!

  10. Coolboy says:


  11. Louie says:

    Read your book case

  12. Robert says:

    Very clever. Totally did not see it at first.

  13. Ethan says:

    Wow! So smart and subtle!

  14. joe says:

    who needs books when we have a bookcase?

    • You Can't Know Me says:

      This IS a cool optical illusion, but reading your bookcase all day long doesn’t appeal to me.

  15. Trevor says:

    “Read your book case”

  16. Why Me?! says:

    that is so cool! i wish i had a book case like that!

  17. diane says:

    Cool Thanks
    Took me a good few min .
    when you see it youcanot unsee it ♥

  18. Moe Lester says:

    AWESOME! That is some design!

  19. gambitflash says:

    This is really awesome.I first thought the partitions for books were wierd.Walls were crossing each other perpedicularly and books placed haphazardly.It was nice but not that extraordinary.

    But when the books were removed,the message became so clear.It was amazing that the message stands out clearly even in the one with books

    Great job,Vurdlak

  20. Dave says:

    That’s really neat!

  21. KJ says:

    I’m guessing it spells something. Not sure what exactly without yet looking at the solution, but pretty sure it says something.

  22. Chenoa Zephyra says:

    That’s pretty cool.. love it ;)

  23. Alyazidi says:

    It will nice if it is ” KEEP YOUR BOOK HERE” when it empty

  24. Me by the way says:

    cool i seen i but couldn’t read it untill the second one

  25. i love it… i went so confused..

  26. PromiseMe says:

    Haha, I totally want that!!

  27. Res says:

    Maybe I’m looking at this wrong, but I still can’t make out any coherent letters. I mean, I see what could be I’s or 1′s, but that’s about it.

  28. Res says:

    Oh i see it now. lmao

  29. sara says:

    “Read your book case” or
    “Ready, our book case”?? (book case finished and ready for books)???

  30. Sire Gorian says:

    I seen the message in the first pic, but
    I couldn’t figure out the last letter of
    the the top shelve.
    That’s really neat though

  31. remac says:

    its cool but i caught it right away no challange no fun for me……..cool idea vtho

  32. ikea says:

    New idea from Ikea?

  33. Dan says:

    Way too cool! It took me a while to see it If you are having trouble seeing it, move about 3 feet from your screen and look at the bottom shelf. Its dividers outline the block letters CASE. The rest is easy

  34. Pete says:

    I like this an lot.
    I think you can get any letter of the alphabet you want, so you can make any words you want too. The down side is that they are £400 per letter making the one you see over £6000 :-(

  35. LD says:

    Nice, but potentially frustrating if you have mis-shaped or over-large books.

  36. jon-paul says:

    Brilliant Brrraaaavvvvvvvoooo! Bravo!


  37. eee efff geee says:

    took me 5 seconds to figure it out nice illusions post more like it :D

  38. Beverly K Jones says:

    Please someone help me!!! I just don’t see it. I am going nuts here. Thanks

  39. mary says:

    i have to have this!

  40. Shinichi888 says:

    So cool! I want one as well!

  41. Mary says:

    would never have been able to see it without the answers above, still struggle to see it.

  42. Tenchu says:

    Nice one, I liked it! READ YOUR BOOK CASE



    Post more this kind of illusion. Thanks

  43. kat says:

    SO COOL:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. hailey ryan says:

    just posted this on my {other} website.
    I LOVE it!!!! ;-)

  45. Bethany says:

    Love it!! :-D

  46. sweet serenity says:

    Great illusion! At first I thought it was a puzzle maze, then I caught sight of the last word ‘case’ had trouble with the last two letters in the first word ‘read’ lol, anyway awesome!!

  47. easy says:

    i read it as soon as i saw, even with the books in

  48. anonimo says:

    really nice..

  49. zedd says:

    that rules

  50. beth says:

    woah!!>. hahaha.. nice one!!..

  51. Mickie says:

    I want it!

  52. Coolio says:

    saw it instantly. :D I love it!

  53. Smartguy says:

    I have seen this illusion more than once, and I only figured it out now. It says: Read Your Book Case. Pretty neat. Make more, make more!
    I have a book case. No illusion, though.

    Smartguy confusion
    Smartguy learns!!!

  54. Hugh says:

    I think it might work as a subliminal message as well. I wonder if they can make one that says “Blow Me” instead.

  55. owen says:

    saw it in the first picture without the second

  56. your mom says:

    I saw the first and find it out quickly!
    i want this shelf!cool!

  57. layla penning says:

    that is really not a illusion to me and also i love it!!! i ordered that on Ebay!!!!

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