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THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKSTORES

THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKSTORES – Best Design Books takes you on a tour through the world’s most beautiful bookstores. Places full of history that inspire and fill our dreams with other lives and times. To complete the inspiration, we have also made a selection of 10 luxury and design books recently released. Let’s dream together. Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid – Buenos Aires, Argentina In Buenos Aires resides a spectacular building born in the 1920s which receives over one million visitors every year, while still maintaining the glamour of its first days as a movie theater. El Ateneo Grand Splendid is a breathtaking renovated movie theater now home to thousands of books. Sit down in one of the theatre boxes and discover your favorite books before purchasing them, enjoy a café on the back of the stage, and admire the auditorium lighting, the ornate ceiling, and the many architectural details that remain. Polare – Maastricht, Holland Renovated by the Amsterdam based architecture firm Merkx+Girod this 700 year old Catholic Church was once a warehouse, then an archive, and at one point even served as a bicycle shed. An unexpected combination of influences and moods transform this bookstore into a singular…

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Secret Libraries of New York City

Secret Libraries of New York City – The New York Public Library has an incredible branch system around the boroughs, but it’s only a part of New York City’s literary resources. From private clubs, to nonprofit societies, to pop up places right out in the streets, here are some of secret libraries of the city. General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen20 West 44th Street, Midtown, Manhattan Started in 1785, the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York has over 10,000 volumes that focus on trade and technical material. But even if you aren’t looking to study up on your skills, the reading room in their 1820 home on 44th Street is a stunning space, where shelves of wood and iron climb up to a broad skylight. Be sure not to miss the incredible bank vault lock collection on the second floor. Grolier Club47 E 60th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan No bibliophile should spend time in New York City without visiting the Grolier Club. The private club on the Upper East Side started in 1884 and has a research library with tomes on all things book related, including book selling, bookbinding, the history of printing, and book auction catalogs. It also…

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The Coolest Bookstores in the USA

If you like to read then you will love this post that talks about the coolest bookstores in the USA. You don’t have to be a compulsive reader to enjoy the variety of books that these bookstores have to offer. You’ll want to start buying all your book-related goods from these shops-or at least plan a road trip to check them.  I’d love to spend a day in any of these libraries, and I hope you’ll agree. 1. McNally Jackson Books McNally Jackson Books in New York City seems to have every book and magazine in print! As a fun twist, they arrange their books according to nation! Don’t worry, they have a knowledgable staff to help you if you get lost in the wrong country. In addition to a killer cafe, they also boast an Espresso Book Machine, which prints library-quality paperbacks in minutes! 2. The Last Bookstore The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles started in owner Josh Spencer’s loft, but it was basically just an online store. After several moves, the store is now called a “cathedral of books” and takes up almost 20,000 square feet! 3. The Montague Bookmill The Montague Bookmill in Montague, Massachusetts will pique your interest with its catchphrase alone:…

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BEST LIBRARIES AROUND THE WORLD (CONT)

BEST LIBRARIES AROUND THE WORLD – I really love to discover and visit new libraries everyday. With that in mind I have done hours of research trying to find the most interesting libraries in the world. As you can see this is the second ranking I have created (read the first one here). I have tried to balance these two lists between architecturally interesting libraries and libraries with interesting collections, but most of these libraries are actually fascinating in both aspects. I’d love to spend a day in any of these libraries, and I hope you’ll agree.   1.SENDAI MEDIATHEQUE, JAPAN Toyo Ito, 2001 The Mediatheque is located on a tree-lined avenue in Sendai, its transparent facade allowing for the revelation of diverse activities that occur within the building. The interior of each level of the mediatheque is designed by a different designer.  On the ground floor Kazuyo Sejima places the administrative offices behind a translucent screen.  The second and third levels house the Shimin Library and include a browsing lounge with internet access with furniture designed by K.T Architecture. The fourth and fifth levels contain gallery space; one level an exhibition space with moveable walls and the other an exhibition space with…

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Walking Through Milan Bookshops

Walking Through Milan Bookshops  – While we’ve covered international events before, my friend Eleanora is our first ever international Guest contributor! Hooray! Eleanora lives in Italy and she recently has created Spazi di Lusso a blog through Italian design world. This month she will be reporting back from her month at Milan Design Week 2013. It is going to be a brilliant month – trust me, you will love every single day! We want to begin suggesting you the most amazing book shops in Italy, have a look: 10 CORSO COMO Adjacent to Galleria Carla Sozzani, the bookshop opened in 1991. New and classic publications on art, architecture, literature, design, graphics and fashion, with a strong emphasis on photography and a selection of music from all over the world can be found here. Browsing is encouraged. Via Rosales, 5 DESIGN LIBRARY is a bookshop entirely dedicated to Italian design. Located in the Tortona area and designed by James Irvine. It is a design buff’s dream: a white room lined with back issues of design bibles ”Domus”, ”Abitare” and ”Ottogono”; Phaidon design monographs; company catalogues and more. There is a cafe inside. Via Savona 11 L’ARCHIVOLTO  The shop specializes in books on architecture, town planning, landscaping, design,…

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TOP 10 Libraries Around the World
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TOP 10 Libraries Around the World

TOP 10 Libraries Around the World – Reading, for the sake of knowledge or enjoyment, or to explore the world of the human imagination, is one of those experiences that gives you a sense of emotional and spiritual richness quite different from economic or monetary well-being. In this sense, the act of creating a space that surrounds you with books is undoubtedly linked to the creation of a new, enriched sense of public values. Libraries have been the repositories of nations’ accumulated knowledge and the epicenters of their culture. More than being big buildings containing books, are important landmarks designed with impressive architecture and filled with symbolic art. Below is a short of the best libraries in the world for me! I hope you enjoy! 1.Parque Biblioteca España, MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA In 2005, Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, whose firm is based in Bogotá, was awarded two public commissions by way of open competition, and has designed a pair of libraries, one in the neighborhood of La Ladera, the other the Parque Biblioteca España, whose striking, unorthodox form sits in stark contrast to the makeshift architecture around it in Santo Domingo Savio barrio. Completed in 2007 at a total cost of about…

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