Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Tianjin Binhai Library

The library, one part of a larger cultural complex masterplan,  bases itself around a spherical auditorium which, coupled with the main atrium, forms an eye that acts as a focal point for the interior space. Terraced bookshelves echo the sphere throughout the atrium, leading users up into the heart of the library, before continuing around the building as louvers.

Monday, 13 November 2017

The New Yorker

At the Strand by Jenny Kroik
“I like to loiter around the city looking for interesting things,” the artist Jenny Kroik says. Her painting for this week’s cover depicts another loiterer at the Strand Bookstore, a beloved institution in lower Manhattan. “I have tried to do a painting a day since I moved here from Oregon, a year and a half ago. Bookstores are really good places for inspiration–you see people interacting with the books they have an affinity for, you see how people consume the culture. Sometimes someone will be dressed in a similar way to things he or she is looking at. I love these sort of poetic fun moments.”
The New Yorker

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Pacioccò - hammock bookcase

Paciocco is an armchair in solid ash wood. The assembly of the structure is completely without screws, nails or glue, it is simply to draw. The sitting is suspended, to emulate the thrill you get when you relax in a hammock.
By Tomas Bordignon for Punto Soave

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Picturebook frame

Display your favourites in this wall-mounted, specially designed book frame (3 in a row look stunning!). Everyone has a favourite book - it may be one with an iconic cover; a much loved childhood classic; or the one you've written! Unfortunately, short of ripping the front cover off and destroying a beloved book, there's no way of putting them proudly on show in your home. Until now. 
Suck UK

Monday, 6 November 2017

A Book of Book Lists

If you liked my previous books - Bookshelf (inspired by this blog) and Improbable Libraries - then I am quietly confident you will like my latest one too, A Book of Book Lists which has just been published by The British Library (keenly priced at just £7.99). Here is the official bumph:
This is a book of book lists. Not of the ‘1,001 Books You MUST Read Before You Die’ variety but lists that tell stories. Lists that make you smile, make you wonder, and see titles together in entirely new ways. From Bin Laden’s bookshelf to the books most frequently left in hotels, from prisoners’ favourite books to MPs’ most borrowed books, these lists are proof that a person’s bookcase tells you everything you need to know about them, and sometimes more besides.Perfect for bibliophiles looking to expand their bookshelves or to learn what their bookcase says about them.
It's already had positive mentions in the Times Literary Supplement and The Idler magazine ("amusing and enlightening") and is available from all the usual places, but ideally from your local independent bookshop or The British Library.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Book throne / Bücherthron

The series of three wooden pieces of furniture offers your favourite books an exceptional home. “Bücherthron” (books throne) and “Schmökerhocker” (browsing stool) additionally function as seating-accommodation, thus they make up a new type of furniture. While “Bücherthron” primarily provides space for pocket books and newspapers, your beloved coffee-table books will find room in “Schmökerhocker”, which provides those of us who prefer to sit and read on the carpet with a comfortable backrest. The natural habitat of “Nachtlektüretisch” is your sleeping room, where this bedside cabin will huddle against any edge of your bed. All pieces are made from European beech and have been treated with linseed oil.
Lucia Grompone

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Bookselling Britain: the economic contributions to – and impacts on – the economy of the UK’s bookselling sector

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) unveils today that bookshops can be linked to an estimated £1.9bn contribution to UK GDP annually and to the support of 46,000 jobs, as part of a report evaluating the contributions made by the UK’s bookselling sector... But ‘standard’ measures like contribution to GDP or employment fail to capture the valuable, and potentially underestimated, role of bookshops as cultural hubs or venues for people that want to engage with the literature art form and interact with others about it.
Full report at The Centre for Economics and Business Research
Photo by Michael Maggs