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A Bookcase That Encourages Reading December 13, 2012

“No greater force for good can be introduced so economically into the life of a growing child or an ambitious young man or woman” than a Globe-Wernicke Sectional Bookcase. The bookcase “is a constant invitation to read” and the fact that it can expand “has the natural effect of subtly encouraging the reading habit.” “In a hundred ways, Globe-Wernicke exclusive patented features facilitate this habit of reading books.” This ad for appeared in the December, 1916…

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An urban private library October 22, 2012

Good things come in small packages. Look what architect Tim Seggerman came up with as part of a remodel of a tiny New York City apartment. A “library”that is about four feet high, four feet wide, and six feet deep. More images at Dwell

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For books and other stuff. A multi-purpose folding screen October 10, 2012

Check out this cool contraption for the urban dweller from Argentine designer Leonardo Fortunato. Notice the two brown sections of rectangular boards that become bookshelves with adaptable heights. One of the other sections doubles as a mirror and an ironing board. More at Tree Hugger Multi-Purpose Folding Screen Doubles as Library, Rack, Mirror and Ironing Board : TreeHugger:

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The Alphabet Library September 24, 2012

The library archives of the Department of Pierres Vives in Montpellier, France was in need of a new reading room.  And luckily architect Stephane Hof was ready. The design  comprises an entrance desk, an information desk, reading room tables and library shelves. Hof “combined the different functions of the program into a single object in order to create a new dialogue between the tables and the library and a continuous flow through the entire space. The…

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A Bookshelf Frames the View to the World Outside March 2, 2012

  Designer Fábio Galeazzo has hit a home run with his transformation of an abandoned house in São Paulo, Brazil into a stunning “Urban Cabin.” One of the centerpieces of the design is a circular bookshelf that was built  to enhance the view and “increase communication” between the internal and external spaces. Wow! Many more pictures of this amazing project at the Contemporist

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