Recipe for Style: A Photographer's Modern Library

Recipe for Style: A Photographer's Modern Library

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Janel Laban
May 28, 2009

As someone who works from home (and to be perfectly honest, has waaaaay too many books and magazines) I was inspired by this photo of Chicago photographer Sandro's library in his live/work space. While this upstairs living area is a personal, distinctive space, it incorporates some good general design ideas to consider stealing for any room. Jump below for the ingredients that go into this style mix:

  • A simple shelving system of a series of blond wood shelves with vertical uprights creates a horizontal library that stretches the length of the wall, utilizing the under-window space.
  • Books are placed in separate horizontal stacks on the shelves rather than the more expected-vertical orientation for more visual impact and a more casual "homey" vibe. Two more similar stacks on the coffee table tie that are to the shelving.
  • A neutral palette of whites and beiges that vary from very warm to almost cool cover all surfaces, from the floor to the walls to the furniture and tonal patchwork pillows.
  • Instead of covering the wonderful wall of windows with a treatment, just the bottom panes are frosted for privacy and the rest are left wide open.
  • The seating geometric and simple. It is generous in size but doesn't overpower the room, due to its low profile. It echoes the horizontal lines of the bookshelves.
  • A collection of very vertically oriented small statuary, orchid plants and other decor pieces top off the shelving area, adding personality and staggering the strong solid horizontal line created by the books.
  • Larger sculptures are lined up on a table that is placed behind the sofa, which changes up the scale of the artwork in the room nicely.
  • The wall hung art is low, keeping the eye at the level of the shelving and furniture which accentuates the ceiling height.

    Check the full article (starts on page 38) on Sandro's live/work space by Thomas Connors with photos by Anthony Tahlier in the online edition of CS Interiors.

    Previous Recipes for Style:
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    Image: Anthony Tahlier/CS Interiors

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