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July 29, 2015
These bibliophiles display their prized printed matter with serious shelf appeal and plenty of personality.
Family room with hinged tall door and bookcases

Architect Emily Jagoda renovated a tree-damaged garage into a library and rec room for a family in Santa Monica, creating custom shelving from plywood. The door to resident Eoghan Mahony’s adjacent office, at right, is set on a caster and has a hinge that runs the entire ten-foot height; when fully opened, it neatly conceals the shelf behind it.

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Design tomes, a salient message, mid-century ceramic.

A calendar, midcentury ceramics, and a salient message adorn the low-slung shelves that house a collection of more than 3,000 tomes at Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter's South Minneapolis residence.

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Dean Kaufman 2010
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Bookshelf with playful outlet in a book

A “tiny but mighty” structure on Vashon Island, Washington, packs a wealth of uses into a compact, 440-square-foot space. The Corian bookshelf features an outlet in a converted book, a detail that brings delight to a mundane task. “We wanted to make the experience of plugging in a phone or computer joyful,” Grizzle says.

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Stone house in Karst with bookshelf under the stairs

Spatial constraints for this rural Slovenian home yielded a smart solution: Here, the underside of a staircase doubles as a handy bookshelf.

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Janez Marolt
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Orcas Island library with shelves of books and Artek stool

home built by an architect for an artist in the San Juan Islands is specifically tailored to the resident. “It’s only what I need and no more,” he says. Clearly, books are part of that necessity: A large wall of custom bookshelves stretches the length of the living area.

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In a Boise home, a former closet was transformed into a double-height library, complete with a reading nook and a rolling ladder from Spiral Stairs of America. “That’s my favorite part of the house,” says resident Dan Zuckerman, a father of three. “When I see Stella reaching for a book, there’s nothing better.”

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Small details add to the overall design.

In a Los Angeles bungalow owned by artists Ramona Trent and Anthony Pearson, the large wall of shelving is primarily used to store the couple's expansive record collection—but also a small stash of books belonging to their young daughter.

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Family room with hinged tall door and bookcases

Architect Emily Jagoda renovated a tree-damaged garage into a library and rec room for a family in Santa Monica, creating custom shelving from plywood. The door to resident Eoghan Mahony’s adjacent office, at right, is set on a caster and has a hinge that runs the entire ten-foot height; when fully opened, it neatly conceals the shelf behind it.

Photo by Zen Sekizawa.

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