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Ruetemple’s outdoor book spaces September 22, 2014 – Posted in: books in design, bookshops, Content, product design

Here are some Russian-made products worthy of importing. Ruetemple is an amazing architectural studio working out of Moscow. Their three book-related projects are each beautifully designed, incredibly functional and fit perfectly in an outdoor environment. They have at times, been placed in parks around Moscow. The Gazebo Features a small table for lunch or tea, and easy-to-clean slatted wooden floors. Pavilion Features a bar, a stage and plenty of event seating. Pop-up Bookshop The glass doors become…

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Publisher Moves: Rizzoli to take over half a bookshop; Phaidon acquires Artspace August 14, 2014 – Posted in: Art, Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

Oxford Exchange Bookshop The race for finding the right mix to compete in the ever changing publishing / bookselling world of the 21st century continues as both Rizzoli and Phaidon make moves to extend their reach. Rizzoli has announced that it is partnering with the upscale Tampa, Florida bookshop the Oxford Exchange. The new “Studio” site will occupy half of the shop’s floor space and feature only Rizzoli publications. As the online space expands and the retail…

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Reinventing the Bookshop: Four architecture and design firms “create the bookshop of their dreams” August 8, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, books in design, Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content, Interior Design

 intelligent life magazine asked 4 companies to “create the bookshop of their dreams.” Each were given the same instructions: to design a general-interest bookshop, selling fiction, non-fiction and e-books, in store and online, on a typical European high-street site, with two floors of 1,000 square feet each. The budget was £100,000—modest, we knew, but independent booksellers aren’t minted and that figure was ring-fenced for the fit-out; they could assume there would be further funds for…

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A Look at the New Home of St. Mark’s Bookshop August 2, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content, Interior Design

After months and months of tumult St. Mark’s Book Shop has landed in its home and it’s a beauty. The space, designed by Clouds Architecture Office, will give St. Mark’s a fighting chance as it navigates the new book landscape. From the project listing on Architizer: The perimeter of the space is wrapped with full height shelving, freeing up the interior as a flexible use space. Variously stacked display units provide table display space while doubling as…

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The End of an Era: On the Closing of Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers July 31, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

 When I approached Mark Wessel in late 1992 with the idea of opening up a bookshop little did I know the profound effect it would have on my life and the impact it would have on the Seattle book community and beyond. Now some 20+ years after we opened the shop will close its doors. All good things come to an end. The end of the road for Wessel & Lieberman does not alter the…

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