Bibliophile home design?

...or not, as the case may be.

I'm a big fan of the home decor site Apartment Therapy, but sometimes I'm amazed at how impractical they can be. Take, for example, this area, which they glowingly describe as a "bright book corner":

Um, what? Who would read there? The description mentions curling up with a book, but would anybody actually "curl up" on a metal chair? Plus, I don't see a reading lamp, and the only natural light source looks fairly high up on the wall. I'm not saying the space isn't cute, but "Highly decorated bookshelf space, anchored by chair too uncomfortable to actually sit upon" might be a more apt description.
Posted by: Julianka


14 Jul, 2009 09:38 PM @ version 0

Also, a lot of potential bookshelf space is wasted. You could install a taller shelf to accommodate more books and/or a bookshelf on the other wall. It hardly says "bibliophile" as much as "for appearances sake."

14 Jul, 2009 11:04 PM @ version 0

Plus all that stuff on the bookshelves--the statues and vases and things--would have to be moved in order to access it. I'm not knocking it as a book storage place, but it's not good for actual reading.

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