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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 8, February 24, 2008, Article 49

LIBRARIES BUILT INTO STAIRCASES AND BEDS

[We bibliophiles struggle to find enough space to store
our literary treasures.  Here are two examples of
creative use of space for shelving books.  -Editor]

The stairs going up to the attic room of a Victorian
row house in London have been fitted with books that
line each riser and wrap around the edges. As someone
who lives in small places with lots of books (and no
matter what I do, no matter how ruthless I am, I always
seem to have lots more books that I have room for) this
kind of thing is sheer aspirational porn for me.

The flat occupies part of the shared top floor of an
existing Victorian mansion block. Our proposal extended
the flat into the unused loft space above, creating a
new bedroom level and increasing the floor area of the
flat by approximately one third. We created a 'secret'
staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access
a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. Limited by space,
we melded the idea of a staircase with our client's desire
for a library to form a 'library staircase' in which
English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely
lined with books. With a skylight above lighting the
staircase, it becomes the perfect place to stop and
browse a tome.

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Bruce Perdue also came across the story and forwarded
this link to more photos:
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And here's another interesting way to store books - a
Tokyo bed turned into a book igloo!

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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