Alan Powers Living with Books

ISBN 13: 9781845331818

Living with Books

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9781845331818: Living with Books

When entering a house, you can quickly ascertain a person's attitude towards books - in a true booklover's home, there are no rooms that do not contain books. While some people succumb to towering piles in every corner, storing books can be achieved with more graceful and ingenious design solutions. Living with books means learning how to incorporate them into your home without letting them take over. This is a beautiful book of full-color photographs, with chapters devoted to books in different rooms, from traditional libraries and dens to kitchens, bathroom s, and hallways. It addresses all aspects: storage, display, the use of books as structural elements and furniture, and advice on custom-building bookshelves (including step-by-step instructions for five different projects).

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About the Author:

Alan Powers is Librarian of the Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture and a frequent contributor to various magazines. His previous books inlcude "Shopfronts" and the 20th century section of the bestselling "The Elements of Style." He lives in England with about 3,000 books.


Attention bookworms! Put down that novel, and check out "Living with Books" by Alan Powers; it's full of wonderful examples of how to display your Prousts and paperbacks. A chapter called "Practicalities" outlines the basics of building do-it-yourself bookcases, from wood to metal racks. -- Good Housekeeping, September 1999

Book lovers, as the term implies, find it easier to acquire books than to get rid of them. Those with hundreds or thousands of volumes threatening to take over their homes can find relief in "Living with Books."

The large-format volume recommends shelving and other storage ideas that will eliminate clutter and place books in any variety of location, including halls, stairwells, kitchens and bathrooms. In providing shelving solutions for studies, home offices and libraries, it recognizes that books have a value beyond their content, for example adding warmth and color to rooms.

Photographs demonstrate what can be accomplished when the purpose is to limit the visual effect of books, or to make books a central element in the room where they are shelved, with a number of quirky options. "Living with Books" draws many examples from the homes of architects and includes a section on building bookshelves and bookcases with a minimum of experience or tools, which should enable the reader, if he is game, to replicate some of the examples illustrated therein. -- Charleston Post & Corier, June 27, 1999

Book-lovers especially will delight in Alan Powers' "Living with Books" for the many novel ways it suggests for giving books the storage space they need and deserve. This is no simple issue: Internet users can talk as much as they like about the appeal of electronic books, but bibliophiles can't be dismissed as Luddites simply because they value the real thing. And the real thing needs a place of its own. "Living with Books" is something of a wish-book, suggesting countless ways to use shelves in attractive and practial ways... -- Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 4, 1999

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Powers, Alan
Editorial: Mitchell Beazley (2006)
ISBN 10: 1845331818 ISBN 13: 9781845331818
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Descripción Mitchell Beazley, 2006. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX1845331818

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