Modern Woodsy Library Retreat: Get the Look

Modern Woodsy Library Retreat: Get the Look

Sarah Coffey
Mar 23, 2011

After spotting this library in the woods on Apartment Therapy yesterday, I've been fantasizing about my own modern book retreat. Although I don't have any land in upstate New York, and I don't have the budget to hire an innovative architect, it's fun to imagine ways to recreate a similar look at home. From woodsy wall murals to semi-custom shelving, here's a quick source list for anyone who also likes this look.

Architecture: Peter Gluck & Partners

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Completed in 2003, their design for a private lofted library includes an enclosed first floor and an open second floor with views of the surrounding woods. For more information, see Architizer's profile of the project.

Shelving: Try semi-custom solutions.

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For wraparound shelving like the bookcases shown above, try a semi-custom retailer like Room & Board. Their Woodland Custom Bookcases can be built to your specified depth, width, and height, and they're available in maple, cherry, walnut or birch.

Workspace: Look for a modern ergonomic task chair.

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Based out of Zeeland, Michigan, Herman Miller makes some of the best modern home office furniture on the market. Although it's expensive, the Aeron Chair ($500 - $1,200) is available in three different ergonomic versions, and it's up to 94% recyclable.

Woodsy Wallpaper: Shop for wall murals online.

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To create the feeling of being enveloped by a forest without actually building your own modern writing shed, try a wraparound wall mural. This Forest Wall Mural costs $90 for a 9'x12' sheet. For other similar wallpaper options, see this post.

Accessories: Shop for custom or ready-made bench cushions.

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To transform your low shelving into seating, try a custom bench cushion from an online resource like Readymade versions can be found at stores that sell outdoor furniture — Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Restoration Hardware all sell bench cushions.

Book Retreat: Library in the Woods | Apartment Therapy
Scholar's Library by Peter Gluck & Partners | Architizer
Peter Gluck & Partners

Photo: Paul Warchol

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