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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 Tradesmen 20 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 Club 47 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….

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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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The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd

Miles Redd is an internationally acclaimed interior design sensation known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. His unique aesthetic vision is characterized by a playful mélange of high and low, invigorated with whimsical splashes of color and modern gestures. His trademark approach to design has brought to life rooms infused with boldness, fantasy, and sophistication. “Miles Redd embarked on his interior design career after graduating from NYU, honing his skills with luminary antiques dealer John Rosselli and decorator Bunny Williams. In 1998, he opened his own design firm in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood and he has been the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home since 2003. The Big Book of Chic gives a glimpse into the inspiration that fuels Redd, and focuses on the pleasures of living life in a beautiful way. It includes a wide range of projects, from Redd’s own townhouse and beach house to projects in Houston, Atlanta, Millbrook, and Locust Valley” Assouline   “This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me. When all is said and done and I am long forgotten, maybe someone will…

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Dixonary by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon was born in 1959 and is one of Britain’s best-known and most highly regarded product designers. Tom Dixon founded his studio in the 1980s following his discovery of the pleasures of welding while repairing damaged motorcycle frames. He is now one of Britain’s leading masters of design, having also produced accessible, high quality objects as Head of Design at Habitat from 1998 to 2008 in addition to his role as Creative Director at Artek, the Finnish furniture company founded by Alvar and Aino Aalto. His current practice, the Tom Dixon brand – lighting and furniture design and manufacturing – was established in 2002. Dixonary (Violette Editions) is the first comprehensive book of  the great innovator Tom Dixon and reveals the inspiration behind his work of the last 30 years.  In his own words, and with hundreds of comparative illustrations, this self-taught designer illuminates the often surprising ideas behind his finished pieces. Dixon transforms notions of plumpness observed in a painting of an overfed pig into an overstuffed sofa; or a fishpan from a Chinese supermarket literally into the seat of a chair; gigantic concrete sea defences on the coast of Japan become the distinctive shape of his famous stacked Jack Light….

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Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene

Thomas Pheasant is an award-winning interior designer who has been recognized by Architectural Digest as one of the “Deans of American Design,” and in 2005 he was named the Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year. The work of influential, award-winning interior designer Thomas Pheasant is best described as “contemporary classical” and simply serene. Celebrated interior designer Thomas Pheasant is best known for his seamless melding of tradition and the contemporary. His spaces are fresh and of the age yet also enduringly timeless. Balancing classical elements, like recessed paneling, pilasters, crown moldings, and carved plaster garlands, Pheasant introduces modern details, sometimes including such flourishes and surprising complements as a scroll coffee table and a room screen of ribbed, translucent glass. Unafraid of combining pieces from various traditions, he achieves a sense of harmony and balance. This lavish offering of his work gives the reader a sensible, artful approach to interior design, presenting models of great aesthetic subtlety and beauty. Never a strict by-the-book traditionalist, Pheasant responds to and sees in classicism its rational order, its quietude, its serenity. Thomas Pheasant – Simply Serene, was published by Rizzoli Books and  is a book that everyone will want to include in their decor library. A special book for a special…

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Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living by Lisa Newsom

Lisa Newsom founded Veranda (a forum for the very best in living well) in 1987 as a showcase for exceptional design, and from the first issue it distinguished itself with lush visual presentations, as well as substance behind the beauty. Respected by the design community, applauded by a discerning readership, and honored with numerous awards. To celebrate the Spring i decided to share with you today Lisa Newsom’s Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living. This book gives us a look at the outsides of homes. Newsom’s collection of gardens, courtyards, pools and landscapes in many different decor styles is fantastic. In Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living we can take a private tour of magnificent homes, with their lush gardens, elegant courtyards, and inviting pools set amid breathtaking landscapes. This lavish new book from Veranda magazine offers a wealth of ideas for exceptional outdoor rooms and spaces, all created by the world’s best designers. Get inspired! How to Create a Reading Nook:

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How to Achieve the Home of Your Dreams by Kelly Hoppen

How to Achieve the Home of Your Dreams by Kelly Hoppen – Kelly Hoppen is a celebrated british interior designer and one of the most influential interior designers of the world. The proudest point in her career came in 2009, when she was made an MBE for her services to interior design. Devoted to making her design ethos accessible to the masses, Kelly Hoppen  shares her extensive knowledge in her popular Kelly Hoppen Design School. Design Masterclass: How to achieve the Home of Your Dreams is the definitive home-decorating guide from Kelly Hoppen, offering invaluable professional advice on both the practical and aesthetic aspects to interior design. Kelly shares her trade secrets and expert knowledge to help you ensure that your decorating project, however big or small in scale, runs smoothly, comes in on time and within budget, and achieves a functional, flexible interior that suits the way you live. Alongside inspiring photographs and room schemes of some of her latest projects, Kelly offers expert guidance on how to use scale and proportion, colour, texture, lighting, furniture, art and other decorative elements to create a comfortable and elegant home that looks the way you want it to. She also discusses the challenges…

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Inspiration in Photography by Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden  is a fine art photographer and popular blogger living and working in the Los Angeles area where she runs photo workshops. Her passion lies in creating new worlds through photographs, a passion which was recently recognized by Academy award-winning director Ron Howard when he chose her work as part-inspiration for a short film in Canon’s Imagin8tion competition. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story. All photographers have trained the mind to see inspiration in any situation. The book Inspiration in Photography: Training your Mind to Make Great Art a Habit through the unique look of Brooke shows how. Brooke Shaden is one of the most recognized names in modern art photography. The book presents techniques and exercises we can do to be inspired every day , anywhere . The truth is that all artistic photographers seeking a specific style , but is not always easy to know how to get there. This book is the perfect balance between knowledge and education to help you find inspiration when needed. The book is an incentive to search for inspiration whether…

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Rough Interiors by Sibylle Kramer

  Sybylle Kramer is a famous architect from Germany with several books published.   The concept of taking the existing material as an idea is what is behind the expression Rough Interiors. The building and rooms are taken as they are and the traces of the past are preserved in the sense of remaining visible, into which the design concept is integrated. Old shells are given a new life with the aid of very different design interventions. It is the breaks, contrasts and contradictions instead of perfect harmony and smooth surfaces which characterise these works. The interiors presented range from low- budget to luxury projects. A fascinating interplay between past and present emerges in the interplay of rough ceilings, un-plastered walls and visible concrete beams together with creative re-use ideas, modern materials and innovative form language.         Raw ceilings, unplastered walls, and visible concrete girders meet innovative conversion ideas, creative shapes, and modern materials – Rough Interiors presents 55 projects whose designers used the existing historic substance as the basis for their creative processes. The magic of patina and traces of the past are maintained and deliberately integrated into the design concept.       Clashes, contrasts, and…

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