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February 26, 2013
As English writer G. K. Chesterton once declared, "A room without books is like a body without a soul." As we previously explored in Shelf Life, these five homeowners from Japan to Barcelona each have carved out a sweet place for their beloved tomes.
Freestanding bookshelves by Miralles

This freestanding shelving designed by Miralles holds yet more tomes from the family’s prodigious collection. Irregularly placed tilework on the floor follows the trajectory of the sun’s rays as it travels across the room. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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Originally appeared in The Barcelona Home Like No Other
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coil house, staircase, tokyo, japan

Three-year-old Ran Sugiura peers out the front door of her Tokyo home, a concept-driven yet surprisingly livable piece of architecture that her parents describe as uniquely well suited to the family’s flexible “futon lifestyle."

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Hill house interior bedroom stacked books

Who needs shelves when there's plenty of floor space? Stacks of books and a framed print sit alongside a Peter Maly Ligne Roset bed, reupholstered in stiff linen. Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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Wood works book cabinet

Brooklyn architect Tim Seggerman designed and built what he calls a “crafted jewel box”. Utilizing the petite space in his New York apartment Seggerman creates an enveloping cabin of blond woods.

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Gutgut hall shelving unit

The residents of NHR have clearly mastered open shelving. Creating a great balance in their home this shelving system helps to colorfully curate the air avoiding formless clutter.

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Freestanding bookshelves by Miralles

This freestanding shelving designed by Miralles holds yet more tomes from the family’s prodigious collection. Irregularly placed tilework on the floor follows the trajectory of the sun’s rays as it travels across the room. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

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