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By on December 4, 2011, with 65 Comments

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!

How 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!

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.

  • http://majide.soclog.se Danny


    • You Can’t Know Me

      Where DO they sell that bookcase?! I want it in my room!!

  • http://ave13.blogspot.com Mihai

    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. ;)

  • Mike

    Read your book case.

  • shehzad

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

    • http://www.facebook.com Tenchu

      If You Didn’t SPEAK OUT LOUD, I would never ever Knows this

  • Phil

    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!

  • Nothing

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

  • Kathryn

    So cool! Didn’t see that! :)

  • Care Bear

    This is going to take a while.

  • Care Bear

    But I do like the shelf.

  • Kerri

    Very cool!

  • Coolboy


  • Louie

    Read your book case

  • Robert

    Very clever. Totally did not see it at first.

  • Ethan

    Wow! So smart and subtle!

  • joe

    who needs books when we have a bookcase?

    • You Can’t Know Me

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

  • Trevor

    “Read your book case”

  • Why Me?!

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

  • diane

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

  • Moe Lester

    AWESOME! That is some design!

  • gambitflash

    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

  • Dave

    That’s really neat!

  • KJ

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

  • Chenoa Zephyra

    That’s pretty cool.. love it ;)

  • Alyazidi

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

    • sun-ts

      maybe the “P” ltter is difficult to create

  • Me by the way

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

  • http://facebook.com jeanie grace apao

    i love it… i went so confused..

  • PromiseMe

    Haha, I totally want that!!

  • Res

    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.

  • Res

    Oh i see it now. lmao

  • sara

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

  • Sire Gorian

    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

  • remac

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

  • ikea

    New idea from Ikea?

  • Dan

    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

  • Pete

    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 :-(

    • jdean

      I asked ‘em for a quote…pricey…but a lot less than 6000!

  • http://thetribulationtimesherald-exhorter.blogspot.com/ LD

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

  • http://onemorecup.wordpress.com jon-paul

    Brilliant Brrraaaavvvvvvvoooo! Bravo!


  • eee efff geee

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

  • Art


  • Beverly K Jones

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

  • mary

    i have to have this!

  • Shinichi888

    So cool! I want one as well!

  • Mary

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

  • http://www.facebook.com Tenchu

    Nice one, I liked it! READ YOUR BOOK CASE



    Post more this kind of illusion. Thanks

  • http://gmail.com kat

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

  • hailey ryan

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

  • Bethany

    Love it!! :-D

  • sweet serenity

    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!!

  • easy

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

    • http://czechmate@mymts.net Smartguy

      Way to go, easy!
      Post more comments! You are good!

  • anonimo

    really nice..

  • zedd

    that rules

  • beth

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

  • Mickie

    I want it!

  • Coolio

    saw it instantly. :D I love it!

  • http://czechmate@mymts.net Smartguy

    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!!!

  • Hugh

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

  • owen

    saw it in the first picture without the second

  • your mom

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

  • layla penning

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