36 Office Library Room Type Bookcase Design Photos And Ideas

Lella Vignelli's office is lined with bookshelves. She designed the desk with legs fashioned by sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. The couple were known to host many cultural luminaries in the apartment, including Pomodoro and philosopher Umberto Eco.
The double-height lending library anchors a corner of the open-plan room. The book collection was curated with the Strand Bookstore and includes 2,000 volumes from women authors.
A dramatic pink granite table provides a central meeting spot.
The mezzanine, which used to be Sekimachi's main work studio but now serves as an archive, holds a daybed that's ideal for napping.
The study room and library on the second level.
Secret doors in the bookcases conceal soundproof phone booths.
View of library at night
A dining room that was converted to a library.
Their offices were side-by-side. His in the living room and hers adjacent, making for easy collaboration.
A built-in desk by NOEM FabLab folds into the wall when not in use.
Freestanding shelving 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.
Sottsass designed a shelving unit around the couple’s large collection of vintage radios. “We have lots of collections,” says Lesley. “A Pez collection, a chair collection, a perfume collection...Ettore gave us a choice and said we could pick one to have up on display.” A series of the late designer’s Mini Totem earthenware sculptures sit atop the unit. The neon green light accent was inspired by the fluorescent works of artist Dan Flavin. To the right is a First chair from 1983 by designer Michele De Lucchi, who cofounded Memphis.
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 Dan. 

“When I see Stella reaching for a book, 

there’s nothing better.”
In renovating a historic brick home for family friends in Washington, D.C., architect Nader Tehrani of NADAAA used ordinary plywood to reconceive the central staircase. Lined with a series of striated, geometric panels, the resulting structure is lit by a polygonal skylight above. Tehrani also designed the Pentavola table—featuring five sides, one for each member of the family—which they use as a communal workspace on the second-floor landing.
Eric Lamers of Hammerhead, a craft-based contractor specializing in midcentury renovation projects, worked on the house before Andrew and his wife, Dustin Ferrer, acquired it in 2013, but it still needed a good deal of restoration. The home features an impressive collection of vintage furnishings, including an Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi and a Luther Conover chair.
View looking from office space toward guest suite
View looking from office space toward guest suite
View looking from office space toward guest suite
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The library is lined in reclaimed spotted gum that Maynard says “brings with it wisdom from its previous life.” A stained glass window by Leigh Schellekens makes the contemplative room feel like a domestic chapel.
Home Office
An interior fit out of an existing Coach House, previously renovated by Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
The long table accomodates enough room for the client’s business meetings and research materials for writing projects or for guests to use as a breakfast table.
Studio + Workshop Space
Studio Meeting Space
Responding to restrictions set by local planning authorities, the architects lowered the library’s floor level to preserve its cathedral ceilings. “We try to work with problems, not against them,” Maynard says. “You now descend three steps into the studio and discover the desk at garden height, rather than above it.” The solution also allowed for the installation of built-in reading nooks.
The library is accessed by a sliding wood door.
Architect Gustavo Costa calls the home library the “project’s heart.” This central space houses the owner’s expansive collection of about 5,000 books, and acts as a meeting place for friends and colleagues. A Gerrit Thomas Rietveld Red and Blue chair completes the space.

Whether it be a study, library, or craft room, the modern office is a tranquil place for you to flex your creativity, conduct meetings, and carry out day-to-day business. Cram the shelves with your favorite books, put the table in the middle of your room, or slurge on the perfect desk lamp—a great office should reflect your personal taste and inspire your best work.

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