Bookends are the ultimate complement to your books – themselves timeless interior accessories. They’re also an investment that will remain relevant for years to come.

Whether it’s a simple piece buttressing a set of first editions, or a sculptural form placed atop your coffee-table books, there’s an option to complete any library. Here are six of our favourites, guaranteed to bring flair and character to a bookshelf near you.

Basic Step, RRP $140

A mini-stairway to literacy, this one comes from Melbourne studio Marble Basics. It holds it own as an art object, with or without books. The white marble finish means it will work with a range of interior styles and palettes.

Slim Bookend, RRP $21

This minimal and playful bookend is available in three complementary colours: powder blue, yolk yellow or pale grey. Perfect for the office, home library or crowded bedroom bookshelf.

Fin Bookends, RRP $350

Australian product designer Henry Wilson is behind these solid-bronze bookends, which will patina as the material oxidises over time. Available in two sizes, Wilson’s design is distinctly utilitarian, but the finish is raw luxury.

Stop-me Bookend, RRP $145

Designed to be a bookstop or a doorstop, the weight of this guy will keep the heaviest of editions upright. Made from solid maple with hand-carved detail and a leather handle, there are four slightly varied designs to choose from. Brought to you by the creatives at Zanat, via Hub Furniture.

Monument Bookend, RRP $475

Designed by Brooklyn-based studio Chen Chen & Kai Williams, this angular, solid marble bookend is understated and elegant, but with its simple fold, offers stability at the end of any line of books. Stocked by Criteria.

‘T’ Bookends, RRP $755

Austrian metalworker and designer Carl Aubock is famous for his sculptural brass objects and accessories. These bookends will set you back a pretty penny, but if you head over to 1st Dibs and search Aubock’s vintage bookends, you’ll find they’re a sound investment: they’re more mini-sculptures than bookstops.

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