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I like anything to do with good design such as interior design, architecture, photography, and art. I enjoy philosophy and psychology. I love to figure out what makes individuals tick. Music of most all types but particularly classical, world, pop, acoustic guitar is a big part of my life and add some dance to the music and my day is great! I like to write and occasionally I will write poetry and I really love to read it out loud and I even record it sometimes.

I'm a Myers-Briggs type ENFJ which means I love people and have a great interest in them.

I guess you could say I'm a humanities kind of person. :)

Posts tagged with “stairs”

Stair risers with a library theme

Stair risers with a library theme

Architecture:  Stair Bookcases in London

Architecture:  Stair Bookcases in London

Great Architectural Components / Love this!

These aren’t your grandmother’s stairs!

These aren’t your grandmother’s stairs!

Simple way to add interest to your stairs with some paint

Simple way to add interest to your stairs with some paint

Believe it or not, but these stairs were painted to look like old wooden crates.

Book storage built under stair steps and surrounding walls

Book storage built under stair steps and surrounding walls

LOT-EK Recycles Doors Into a Clever Storefront for Van Alen Books

Who said print was dead? Van Alen Books, specializing in both architecture and design, opened earlier this week, proclaiming the revival of the architectural bookstore. The project was commissioned by the Van Alen Institute and headed by Inhabitat favorite LOT-EK, a New York based architectural firm known for their combination of artful aesthetics with a “gritty,” industrial style. Although the space certainly does sell a great variety of architectural books and other diverse topics of interest (they even have a first edition reproduction of Bram Stoker’s Dracula for sale), the main idea was to create a space for conversation.

“We are not reinventing the wheel,” said Director Olympia Kazi. “We are addressing a need. We have received so much love, so much excitement, about books.”

What makes Van Alen Books so special however, is that it isn’t just a storefront — it’s an art installation that serves as a powerful social statement on the nature of books and public meeting spaces. It has long been a standing belief, especially in the 21st century, that because print sales are going down, bookstores are no longer needed. But not only is Van Alen Books a cool place for those looking for information on architecture and design, but it also serves as a nod to those who long for more stores of its kind.

LOT-EK created an interesting green design, using recycled doors from Build it Green NYC! to make a long, layered staircase in the center of the space. The stairs are used for seating, but also double as more shelving. LOT-EK implemented their signature style of having one half of their work finished and beautifully designed, while the other half is left to look more rough and gritty. LOT-EK states that:

Van Alen Books serves more as a statement in support of the public meeting space. Van Alen Books addresses the point that despite the fact that print book sales are slowly dwindling down, especially with the rise of the Kindle, public spaces where people can meet and discuss is what makes book stores relevant.

And indeed, bookstores are still relevant. Being that human beings are inherently social creatures, the need for a forum to meet and discuss is still desired. The purpose and design of this space might be unusual, and rather risky, but it definitely serves its purpose.

Van Alen Books
30 West 22nd Street
Open Monday-Saturday, 11am – 7pm


Private house refurbishment, Kensington - Tigg Coll Architects (by @andymatthews)

© Andy Matthews

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The only way is up. Santander, Spain.

Pallets can be used to create all sorts of things. Here’s a more elaborate project that required several pallets. In order to make this project part of your own home, you’ll need a lot of wooden pallets and some skills and knowledge about staircases. It’s not something that we encourage everyone to do because staircases can be dangerous if not built properly. This particular pallet staircase is part of a larger office that features all sorts of pallets pieces like furniture and light fixtures. In fact, the entire office is made of pallets.Designed by most architecture.

Running on The Default Network
by Boyce