Larger Home Libraries (page 4)


This library/dining room in Melbourne, Australia has floor to very high ceiling bookshelves along one wall, painted white.


2032 (Pampelmousse Design)

This is a library of incredibly beautiful and elegant design. The very tall book shelves run all the way to the ceiling, and seem to be lit within each shelf, making them appear to glow with a silvery sheen. There is a wiry library ladder that folds in half, to access the upper shelves, and a large table upon which to work (and to display beautiful coffee table design books). Very nice.



This modern home library has space to shelve a fair number of books, while still retaining a spare, uncluttered look. The open stairs and sleek lines of the furniture contribute to the feeling of openness.



This relatively modest space is enclosed on three walls with floor to ceiling, dark wood bookshelves. They provide plenty of space for books, and I like how they've left one shelf out to form a niche for display, breaking up the shelving and making the space more interesting.



This library is in an architectural award-winning house in Costa Rica. This room, modern, yet warm feeling from all the wood, houses part of the collection of 17,000 books the owner owns.



“'Nouveau Federal' is how Francine Coffey describes the interiors of the apartment she designed for herself in a Manhattan town house by Carrère & Hastings. Mahogany was used for the library’s built-in bookshelves. 'Like the others in the house, the plaster ceiling here, in the former butler’s pantry, is my design. The gold letters at the top of the walls are three sayings by my grandmother that I had translated into Latin,' Coffey says. (September 2008)"



"José Solís Betancourt was commissioned to renovate the interiors of a 1932 Tudor Revival house in Washington, D.C. Richard Williams Architects collaborated on the project. Architectural details in the library include exposed rough-hewn beams and a Gothic-arched fireplace. Roman shade fabric, Robert Allen. Drapery fabric, Manuel Canovas. (April 2008)"



"Chicago interior designer Suzanne Lovell, working with design partner Amy Cassell, recently completed a new home for her family: a 12-room, 5,200-square-foot town house in downtown Chicago that faces Lincoln Park. The library area has a large ceramic vessel by Paul Chaleff, a Gene Summers cast-bronze low table and, flanking Vik Muniz’s After Gerhard Richter, a pair of 19th-century Chinese lanterns. Nina Levy’s sculpture Crown of Torsos is at right. Sofa and lounge chair leather, Edelman. Doris Leslie Blau carpet. (September 2007)"



“'I wanted to give it a sense of the past—a certain charm and poetry. I wanted the house to live, to have the soul of a family,' Jacques Grange said of his restoration of a client’s 1920 Tudoresque house in the Normandy, France, countryside. Using glass and reclaimed 19th-century French chestnut doors, Grange designed jewel box-like built-in shelving for showcasing the family’s many tomes. With their elegantly slender cross bracing, the units have an architectural look that engages the eye. Moreover, the old chestnut contributes warmth, making the room inviting for both reading and conversation. (May 2007)"




This is perhaps the most ornately-carved room I have seen outside French royal palaces. The wood paneling is ornamented in a baroque style, the fireplace is completely over the top and the ceiling is highly decorated. (Personally, the ceiling and that oriental table are the only things I like in this room, but each to their own. And where are the books in this "library?")


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