The Fascinating Reason Bobby Berk Stores Books This Way on Queer Eye

We knew there had to be a good reason.

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If, like us, you’re a Queer Eye superfan (and really, how could you not be?), you undoubtedly have marveled at resident designer Bobby Berk’s near-magical ability to transform a dilapidated space into a fresh, modern one in mere days. Berk’s signature is a kind of casual, relaxed, modern interior, veering more minimalist than maximalist. His work has drawn enough acclaim that the designer will debut his own furniture line, with ART furniture, this fall, so fans can get a bit of Bobby’s touch in their own homes—even if they don’t make it onto Queer Eye.

While I live in constant awe of Berk’s quick skill, there’s one aspect of the interiors shown on the show that has always grated me (so much so that I even wrote a whole story about it; well, sort of). Why, I wonder, did Berk give in to the absolutely preposterous trend of storing books with their spines facing backwards? No degree of minimalist aesthetic merits such inane, impractical storage, in my humble opinion.

Well, luckily for me, Bobby gave me an answer yesterday, while participating in a panel in Los Angeles. As it turns out, Bobby himself can’t stand the trend either (yas, henny!) but is required to do so for filming, thanks to the strict legal regulations around film and TV sets.

“The only reason I do that on the show is because I couldn’t get all the books cleared by the authors,” Berk revealed. Uncleared tomes, then, had to appear spine-in on camera—or else not appear at all. So there you have it; Bobby, you’re officially back on our good side.

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