For too long our books have been left nonchalantly on a coffee table. When it comes to stylish storage it’s time to think beyond bookshelves. Books are to be used and shared and loved. So why file them out of sight and out of reach?Keep them at your fingertips, cultivate your interests over breakfast, or completely lose yourself in one during the evening. And in doing so, add colour and depth to you interior. Books double up as works of art and have the power to transform a room. Take a leaf out of Alice Bizien’s book and display them face-up on a surface. Perhaps open on a drawing, an illustration or a photograph. Spark the imagination of everyone who passes by. Are you a collector? Haphazard heaps of books can be striking stacked up at the foot of a bed, on a staircase or next to a piece of art. Let them tells their own stories. With colourful spines, elegant edges, and eye-catching typography they work as home decorations in their own right. David Chaplain and Alexandre Roussard were inspired to transform their bedtime reading into bedside furniture. A variety of shape and size make a sturdy and stylish side table. Original and distinguished, this type of personalised furniture is easy to replicate in any home. Take delight in the contrasts, class them by colour, by subject, by thickness. Nicolas Ouchenir, the fashionable Calligraphist, has a specific way of showcase his antique volumes: under a glass coffee table. Using transparency to conceal and reveal, this is a decoration knack we cannot get over. Which is your favourite?
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily
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