Collection by Jami Smith



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 shelving by Miralles holds yet more tomes from the family’s prodigious collection.
Three-year-old Ran Sugiura peers out the front door of her Tokyo home, a concept-driven yet surprisingly livable piece...
Who needs shelves when there's plenty of floor space? Stacks of books and a framed print sit alongside a Peter Maly...
Brooklyn architect Tim Seggerman designed and built what he calls a “crafted jewel box”.
The residents of NHR have clearly mastered open shelving.