Half a Million Books

Gerda Babiedaite (student at Brighton University) made a short and sweet documentary about the history and longevity of Camilla’s Bookshop, sellers of second-hand & antiquarian books.

“…I found the place absolutely fascinating and wondered about who would own such a shop. It was heartening to see so many browsers in the place, especially at a time when new and second-hand books are easy and generally cheap to buy online and the number of e-readers is on the rise.  Although, it is sadly pointed out in the film that Camilla’s is the last of 5 second-hand bookshops that were in the town at one time…” —Gerda Babiedaite, A Fiction Habit

(first discovered via Tattered Cover)

vintage book covers on shelf transformed into stop-motion love story

Filmmaker Spike Jonze worked with handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan and director Simon Cahn to create Mourir Auprès de Toi. The end result is a beautiful stop motion animated short film set inside the Shakespeare & Company book shop in Paris.

“Designer Olympia Le-Tan’s embroidered clutch-bags spring to life in director Spike Jonze’s tragicomic stop-motion animation Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side). On a shelf in famed Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, the star-crossed love story of a klutzy skeleton and his flame-haired amour plays out amidst Le-Tan’s illustrations of iconic first-edition book covers…” —Nowness

There is a video that gives a peak behind the scenes of making Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side).

Can you spot the Alvin Lustig inspired dust jacket design on the book shelf?

 book shelves up to the ceiling, my dream house…
“Shelf-Pod is a private residence and study building, located in Osaka  prefecture, Japan. The client owns an extensive collection of books on  the subject of Islamic history, so he requested that we create this  building with the maximum capacity for its storage and exhibition…” —Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio
(via Core 77)

 book shelves up to the ceiling, my dream house…

Shelf-Pod is a private residence and study building, located in Osaka prefecture, Japan. The client owns an extensive collection of books on the subject of Islamic history, so he requested that we create this building with the maximum capacity for its storage and exhibition…” —Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

(via Core 77)

Where books go to heaven…
The interior design of the Livraria da Vila bookstore in São Paulo, Brazil, was designed by the architect, Isay Weinfeld. From the ceiling to the street facing windows, to the doors created out of bookshelves, one is incapsulated with 360 degree view of books on the shelf. This is such creative use of space and displaying books that it seems as though each room has a different ambiance.
(via Toxel, via ArchDaily, underground floor photo by Leonaro Finotti)

Where books go to heaven…

The interior design of the Livraria da Vila bookstore in São Paulo, Brazil, was designed by the architect, Isay Weinfeld. From the ceiling to the street facing windows, to the doors created out of bookshelves, one is incapsulated with 360 degree view of books on the shelf. This is such creative use of space and displaying books that it seems as though each room has a different ambiance.

(via Toxel, via ArchDaily, underground floor photo by Leonaro Finotti)