A quick hop from Shibuya and Shinjuku, Shimokitazawa is a nice change of pace from the craziness of the big city. We stumbled upon this little shop selling books and curiosities with seating areas where one can take in the scene over a cuppa, and feel safe about burying one’s face in a book and being lost in thoughts.
All you have to do is decide on a hardcover book (you only have to make a tiny hole in it for the electrical cord to go through) and then ask someone who’s technically inclined to outfit a basic ceiling lamp with a metal tent that you can prop the book on to shield it from the heat. And voila, you got a gorgeous and unique ceiling lamp.”
Afternoon at "Merci". Paris. // Create your own library cafe at home with a wall of books in a room with good windows, a small table and chairs, and a few Hudson Valley Lighting Heirloom pendants [not pictured]. After all, Paris is A Moveable Feast. | http://hudsonvalleylighting.com/SearchResults/heirloom | Get more inspiration at HVL's post on personal libraries: http://hudsonvalleylighting.com/Post/the-art-of-the-personal-library-making-and-lighting-your-sanctuary/
Beijing’s recent challenges with air pollution inspired Penda to conceive a living, breathing space for a local cafe to call home. Repurposed steel shelves, painted black and formed into modular cubic storage systems, define the cafe’s interior and provide nearly limitless design flexibility. A wide assortment of books and small vegetation line the shelves, setting a comfortable, relaxing, and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. #architecture #interiors #design #interiordesign #china…