Technology has certainly made its way in the literary world with a vast array of electronics to get your leisurely reading time in, however, a few of us old-fashioned folks seek different ways to hang on to our paperbacks and store them in style. These library designs sparked some serious inspiration and could certainly influence a revival in the print world, or at least we would hope so.
Archive II the circular library design by David Garcia Studio is already a classic and has opened new possibilities for storing books in a creative way. At once a sculptural statement piece, a place to lounge and, if you must, can carefully be moved around the room by walking in it, much like a hamster in wheel.
This library for National Geographic Society’s “Explorer in Residence” Wade Davis was designed by Travis Price with the goal of promoting a quiet but inspired work space. Davis wanted an area of solitude with little distraction including windows, prompting Price to use a skylight as light source. The library has five shelves with a metal ladder reaching all areas. We loved the circular shape and unusual location above the office itself. Another fabulous way to hold on to those texts without having to sacrifice more space.
Finally, this library utilizes mere wall space without a protruding furniture piece or opulent shelves. We love the simplicity and the striking image of literature itself as art. Mauro Canfuri designed these invisible book rack plans as a unique way to store a library of books in unique shapes and forms.