You Must-See These 10 Contemporary Home Libraries by AD – Just because your bookshelves are filled with Charlotte Brontë and Henry David Thoreau doesn’t mean your home library can’t boast contemporary design.
After browsing through the AD archives, we at Best Design Books feel ready to trade in traditional details for vivid color palettes, modern art, and unconventional furniture. The key is making your modern interior comfortable enough to curl up with a book without having to sacrifice style. From a laid-back California lounge to a colorful Spanish study, take note of these ten reading rooms that pair today’s design trends with everyday functionality.
Decorator Isabel López-Quesada converted a former wax factory in Madrid into a stunning home and studio. The sun-flooded library features an Eames lounge chair and ottoman by Herman Miller, vintage side tables, and a Noir Belge marble floor.
With dark, sleek lines and plush details, this book haven in a New York family residence by Eran Chen of ODA-Architecture is as romantic as it is modern. A work by Picasso hangs on the far wall, and to the right is a Ju Ming bronze. The sofas are by de Sede.
Former Vogue and Vanity Fair art director Charles Churchward’s contemporary Santa Fe, New Mexico, home exudes style. A massive Alexander Liberman painting looks over the library, with small Erik Foss collages mounted on the bookshelves.
Tucked inside accessories designer Fiona Kotur’s restored 1960s tenement building in Hong Kong is a lavish library outfitted in royal blue.
This home library shares the vibrancy of the surrounding city, São Paulo. Owned and designed by Brazilian architect and interior expert Sig Bergamin and his partner, architect Murilo Lomas, the Federal-style home is full of charm.
This sophisticated reading space is a collaborative effort of D’Apostrophe Design and art dealer Amy Gold.
Interior designer Laura Santos collaborated with 1100 Architect to give her family’s Manhattan townhouse a touch of modern glamour.
This 1950s Los Angeles home owned by art dealer Maggie Kayne has stunningly modern interiors, and the library is no exception.
Cabana magazine founder Martina Mondadori Sartogo consulted Livia Rebecchini for the interiors of her family home in London.
This Washington, D.C., residence was designed by Solís Betancourt & Sherrill, who reworked the spacious interiors for a more luxurious look. A Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos stone relief sits above the sofa in the bright multiroom library.
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