Friday, 24 March 2017

Library shaft climbable bookcase

Located in a converted warehouse in downtown Calgary, the client’s loft had an unused space that was once part of the building’s industrial elevator shaft. Taking advantage of the room’s high ceilings and small footprint, the space was adapted into a climbable library and music studio. The verticality of the room prompted the design of a climbable shelving system that playfully and efficiently uses minimal floor area while providing ample storage and display space. The millwork wall has handholds and foot tabs integrated into the structure to facilitate climbing and make fetching a book fun. 
Studio North

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Help stock donkey-drawn libraries in Somalia

Africa Educational Trust is looking to raise £3,000 to allow them to transport 10,000 books donated by Book Aid to 66 libraries, including Donkey Drawn Libraries, across Somalia.
Lots more details at Playing by the Book

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

Hoja bookcase

Hoja is a bookcase in poplar plywood that allows you to hold about 40 books in a small space. The product dimensions are 255x225x790 mm​​. The object is assembled without screws or bolts, you'll only need a hammer to fix the joints.
Alessio Rocchi

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Sitting with Jane: Jane Austen book benches

Sitting With Jane is a unique public art trail to celebrate Jane Austen’s connections with Basingstoke and her birthplace, Steventon, and forms part of a global commemoration of her life in 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death. Sitting with Jane is a public art trail made up of 24 ‘BookBenches’ in and around Basingstoke, each uniquely designed and painted by a professional artist with their personal interpretation of a Jane Austen theme. The trail will link together locations – all with free public access. It will be in place between June and September j2017 and will be accompanied by a free to download app and a trail guide. After, the benches will all be auctioned in aid of Ark Cancer Centre Charity,to leave a valuable lasting legacy in the region. Sitting With Jane is part of the Hampshire Cultural Trust’s celebration of Jane Austen’s life in Hampshire.
Sitting with Jane
Sitting with Jane - Artist Video from Face TV on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Air conditioning library: Shu Xiang

Chinese cultural thinking appreciates the smell of books as an expression of respect for knowledge. It is a harmonic relation between a library and airflow.
Sushant Passi

Monday, 13 March 2017

Ghost libraries

As we continue to fight to save our local public library which turned 80 years old last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the lifecycle of libraries and how they change over time, and what happens when they’re gone. Among other things, this has led me to visit several “ghost” libraries – buildings originally built as libraries, but which no longer house libraries, either because they’ve been moved to new buildings or simply because the library has been closed and lost entirely to its community. Hunting for these “ghosts” has been meditative and moving. I can’t help but wonder what books were read and borrowed, what lives were changed as a result of these former libraries.
Playing by the Book