The Dream Closet Project is a collaborative online experiment we started to have fun talking about and working on giving closet makeover! We will publish a new post with a podcast and other goodies every Monday. Join us on our little adventure to turn a mild manner typical New York City closet into the ultimate dream closet!
In this week’s episode; Hsiang and Guido talk about how to create a personal Closet Library for your home.
After a long and tiring day of work, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you can curl up on your favorite comfy chair and read a book in the solitude of your own personal library? It is a tragedy that I live in a New York City sized studio apartment you thought! For this week’s Dream Closet project, we have decided to come to the rescue of all of those whom have harbor the secret fantasy for personal library, by creating one that will fit inside a closet! We first caught the library bug when we saw the fun climbing library from the Schönberg Residence by Dialect Design:
We were fascinated by the idea of a modern personal library and thought it would make an interesting concept as a closet! We briefly discussed the origin of the personal library and talk about the varieties of approaches we have seem, from the traditional wood paneled studies to the ultra modern stainless steel interior of Karl Lagerfeld’s home library.
Our initial thoughts were to line all three walls of the closet with shallower book shelves and add some surface treatments such as wall papers to accent the space, plus some display area to showcase our favorite book. But we soon realized that we have selected a central focus piece with a strong theme to create an overall direction for the design. Since the act of reading is incredibly personal and the creation of a personal reading space should be the same as well. So what is the one piece of furniture you’ll have the most contact with when it comes to your personal reading space? We know what our favorite is, reading chair!
Once you have selected your favorite reading chair, then it is a matter of finding similar themed decor to match the chair. For the modern wing chair above, we can use a pale grey color scheme with stainless steel shelving and a nice ceramic deer head to be your dedicated reading muse:
Your Dream Closet assignment this week- What’s your favorite reading hideaway chair?
We like to call this week’s mission; What’s your reading style? We will provide you with three different reading chair and you let us know which one’s your favorite, no peeking on your neighbor’s home work!
First up, we have an Elegant Victorian Kauri Gentleman’s Reading Chair, circa 1870
Carefully detailed and upholstered in a chic (at the time I am sure) dark green leather. Design to satisfy the distinctive taste of the gentleman, whom will only sit and read in an upright position as proper etiquette demands. The library will no doubt matches his or her stringent requirements, in a proper Victorian style.
Secondly, We have Tracy Emin’s, There’s A Lot of Money in Chairs
Richly stuff, comfortable but yet carries the stinging messages of racial prejudice from the artist’s South African childhood memories. The perfect reading chair for the political activist whom wish to contemplate their next manifesto. Do you have piece of the Berlin wall in your library? This would be the chair for you.
Last but not the Least, Sushi Collection by Edward van Vliet.
Highly geometrical but yet soft with a traditional Japanese print motif, modern, cheerful and energetic. Like a bento snack box full of carefully wrapped candies from a far away land. Matching wall paper, a oriental literatures and carefully lit orchid in a delicate Tokoname-yaki vase. You’ll be the envy of your yoga group!
So pick carefully, and let us know which one is your favorite. Or you can always supply your own!
Next week we will pick a winning entry and show your our design for our closet library!