It's been a little while since I've posted on the blog and today I want to share with you my love of libraries. Life has been a pretty hectic recently with starting a new job back towards the end of May in a fantastic interior design studio which I'm absolutely loving.
The new job is based all the way in the heart of west London whilst I live way out east. It's a long commute! Usually I like to cycle in to work, but I had a bit of drama with my gorgeous dutch style bike. A bit of drama being that the pedal fell of part way during a cycle. Not ideal to say the least!
So, whilst waiting to make a decision on a more reliable, potentially sportier bike I've had to resort to taking public transport. The only positive thing to come out of this has been the amount of reading I've been able to get done! This has got me dreaming of personal libraries.
Every since watching Beauty and the Beast as a child (you know, the Disney cartoon) and seeing Belle fling herself around on a ladder in a bookshop in the opening sequence, the thought of having a collection of books from floor to ceiling requiring a very similar ladder has stuck in my mind.
With that here are some of my favourite libraries for your enjoyment.
Liyuan Library - Beijing
I love this discreet looking library, the building blends in with the environment. Once inside, the dappled light created by the pieces of timber is just gorgeous.
Secret Library in a Converted Barn
I love this idea so much - there is a library hidden behind some secret doors in this amazing barn conversion by Studio Seilern Architects. Perfect for shutting yourself away from the world and surrendering to a good book.
City Library of Stuttgart
The minimalist in me is very drawn to this library in Germany. There is something so satisfying about a well designed cube don't you think?