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November 30, 2013
In the Kindle era, it's possible to do away with ink-on-paper books in the name of decluttering. And yet there's something about those old volumes that, for many of us, helps make a house a home. Here are six modern living spaces that use books to make a simple, elegant statement.
bratislava, slovakia, bookshelf, plywood

The firm Gut Gut designed a modular shelving system out of plywood that gets repeated throughout this home, which occupies the ground floor of an apartment building Bratislava, Slovakia. Here, the kitchen island with induction cooktop and the bookshelves are clearly from the same family without looking like twins.

Originally appeared in NHR Apartment by Gut Gut
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bookshelves, toronto, studio

Architect Tamira Sawatzky used Ikea components--one-inch Lagan butcher block countertops and inexpensive Ekby Lerberg brackets--when designing the bookshelves along the living room wall in the home and studio he designed for himself and his wife in Toronto. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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Originally appeared in Converting a Commercial Storefront to a Home (and Studio!)
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tokyo, home office, bookshelf

Yuko Shibata, a Tokyo architect, wanted more shelf space in her home office, so she added a plywood door with built-in bookshelves that opens into her bedroom to form a reading nook. Glimpsed from the adjacent room, the space looks larger than it actually is, thanks to the bright green walls. Photo by Ryohei Hamada.

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bookshelf, comics, paris, h20 architects

Mathieu Vinciguerra reads in front of the distinctive storyboard shelves in his Paris apartment, which H20 Architects designed to accommodate a portion of his massive comic book collection. “We wanted to feature the comics without letting them become visually overwhelming,” says Antoine Santiard of H20. “So we developed this box concept, where bits of white space separate all the shelves.” Photo by Céline Clanet.

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coil house, tokyo, staircase, bookshelves

Bookshelves hug the undulating staircase in the 921-square-foot Coil house, in a quiet residential neighborhood in Tokyo. The space was designed by architect Akihisa Hirata for Sakura and Ryo Sugiura, a young couple with two children. Photo by Koichi Torimura.

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Originally appeared in Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home
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addition, austin, texas, rick black architect

Built-in bookshelves help offset the kitchen from a sitting area in an addition that Rick Black Architect (the Austin partnership of husband-and-wife architects Rick and Cindy Black) designed for a 1930s bungalow in Austin, Texas, owned by Blake Trabulsi and Allison Orr. Photo by Jack Thompson.

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Originally appeared in Double Time
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bratislava, slovakia, bookshelf, plywood

The firm Gut Gut designed a modular shelving system out of plywood that gets repeated throughout this home, which occupies the ground floor of an apartment building Bratislava, Slovakia. Here, the kitchen island with induction cooktop and the bookshelves are clearly from the same family without looking like twins.

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