Saturday, 14 November 2009

Book review: Library Design

by Karen M. Smith & John A. Flannery
Published by teNeues

With about 200 colour photographs and short texts written in five languages – English, German, French, Spanish and Italian – Library Design is a beautiful coffee table book and a gift that will be appreciated by all lovers of books, libraries and architectural design.

The book presents a selection of international projects that range from private home libraries to award-winning public libraries. Although not going into detail about the individual projects, each of them is introduced with a description of its context and main features, location and architect details. Where available, direct website addresses and little sketches of the library plans, or of the buildings they are located in, are provided.

It also features some furniture companies and independent bookshops and is, all in all, a good starting point for more in depth research and a well-designed volume that you will find yourself browsing over and over again.

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