A Wall of Design

The Ultimate Bookcase

Design By Photo by Chase Pellerin
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Flanking the room, the bookcase, with its clean horizontal and vertical lines, adds an element of functional design to a domestic space. Polished hardwoods shelves are not only a display for reading material and reference books, but a space to spotlight compact design pieces, handmade pottery, greenery and ephemera. On each shelf, the balance of literature and decoration align into a vertical amalgamation of your interests and aspirations. Inasmuch as a beautiful bookcase has the power to change any room, always remember: it’s what fills its shelves that creates the most notable transformation.

The Bookcase

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Elton Bookcase by Room & Board: A minimalist design and sturdy construction give this bookcase timeless appeal. Its open design — lightly lacquered walnut shelves and a natural steel frame — is made in Wisconsin, and isn’t as imposing as a closed-back bookcase. The shelves are 16 inches deep, giving you plenty of room to house both your collection of modern art books, and your favorite vintage camera.

The Books

A Wall of Knowledge
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Style and Design
Designing Design by Kenya Hara $150
The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney $32
Patternity: A New Way of Seeing by Anna Murray $36
A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton by Benjamin Wild $45
Phaidon Design Classics by Phaidon $175
Music by Andrew Zuckerman $42
The Tale of Tomorrow: Utopian Architecture in the Modernist Realm by Sofia Borges et al. $53
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty by Merry Foresta $41

Travel
Voyager: Travel Writings by Russell Banks $23
The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos by Patrick Fermor $16
Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti $18
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters $16

Food
Something to Food About by Questlove $27
A History of Food in 100 Recipes by William Sitwell $8
1080 Recipes by Simone Ortega $20
I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes by Daniel Humm $45
Meat: Everything You Need to Know by Pat LaFrieda $26

Sports and Outdoors
Cabin Porn by Zach Klein $27
How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier $18
A Backpacker’s Field Manual by Rick Curtis $14
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf $27
Magnum Cycling by Guy Andrews $33
Surf Odyssey by Andrew Groves $41
The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s by Reuel Golden $42

Tech and Science
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance $26
Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier $15
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall $27
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee $29
Quadrivium by Miranda Lundy et al. $18

Cars
Art of Hot Rod by Ken Gross $30
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas by Sarah Schleuning $18
Cafe Racers: Speed, Style and Ton-Up Culture by Michael Lichter $35
Off the Road by R. Klanten et al. $32

Watches
Audemars Piguet: Masterpieces of Classical Watchmaking by Gisbert Brunner et al. $100
Cartier: The Tank Watch by Franco Cologni $60
Van Cleef & Arpels: The Poetry of Time by Michel Serres et al. $15

Short Stories and Poetry
The Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens $17
Song of Myself by Walt Whitman $15
The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins $12
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams $6
Underworld by Don DeLillo $17
The Emerald Light in the Air by Donald Antrim $11
Tenth of December by George Saunders $13

Magazines
032c $14
Man of the World $20
Kapital Catalogues $N/A

The Details

From Vintage to Modern
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Pod Vessel by Restoration Hardware $79 – $109
Bibliothèque Scented Candle by Byredo $80
Model One BT by Tivoli Audio $180

Cubic Geometry I Concrete Sculpture by David Umemoto for TRNK $250
Brass Hexagon Pots by LIVING $58+
Ludwig Watch by NOMOS Glashütte $2,740
Blackwing 602 by Palomino $22
Leather Coasters by Yuketen $25
Note Pad by Sideshow Press $9

Hand-Carved Kiri Wood Bowl by Restoration Hardware $69
Handmade Faceted Stoneware Vessel by John Sheppard $285

Matte Black & Brass Vessel by RH Modern $75 – $95
Portuguese Earthenware Luisa Collection by RH Modern $$65 – $85
Portuguese Earthenware Vasco Plate by RH Modern $135
Irish Wool Herringbone Throw by Simply Birch $169

Where We Buy Our Books

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Strand Book Store, just south of Union Square in New York City, is home to over 18 miles of new, used and rare books. Open seven days a week, Strand hosts events in the Rare Book Room that have featured David Sedaris, James Franco, Robert Caro and Marina Abramovic, among others. Learn More