Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Book Smart

It is so refreshing to see architects and designers who aren't afraid to stray from the typical and lend a creative eye to every inch of the space they're creating. In the design of McNally Jackson Books Cafe by Front Studio, the subtle details and innovative use of materials come together to create a space that is at once bold and restrained. There are lots of clever and quirky details, but the space never feels 'themey' or juvenile, which is not always easy to accomplish. The overall aesthetic of the furniture and fixtures as well as the color scheme help to round out the space and make it feel more sophisticated.

I love the subtle texture and soft grey shades the open books create on the curved feature wall. Books were hung from the ceiling to look "as if a pile of books had been thrown into the sky and frozen."

The folding tables along the curved wall were made to resemble closed books when not in use.

(via MocoLoco)


  1. so fun! I'm with you. I like to see creative thought in design. Sometimes I feel like everything we see is a re-do of what everyone else is doing...boring!

  2. Wow, that's so cool! I'm loving old books right now, but I've never considered hanging them from the ceiling. By the way, I discovered your blog via BYW......

  3. That subtle slate grey, the hammered stainless steel panels, the dark wood tables and the book pages really have an eclectic, unexpected elegance.