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“Nouveau Federal” is how Francine Coffey describes the interiors of the apartment she designed for herself in a Manhattan town house by Carrère & Hastings. Above: Mahogany was used for the library’s built-in bookshelves. “Like the others in the house, the plaster ceiling here, in the former butler’s pantry, is my design. The gold letters at the top of the walls are three sayings by my grandmother that I had translated into Latin,” Coffey says.
(September 2008)

Photo: Durston Saylor

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José Solís Betancourt was commissioned to renovate the interiors of a 1932 tudor Revival house in Washington, D.C. Richard Williams Architects collaborated on the project. Architectural details in the library include exposed rough-hewn beams and a Gothic-arched fireplace. Roman shade fabric, Robert Allen. Drapery fabric, Manuel Canovas. (April 2008)

Photo: Gordon Beall

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Chicago interior designer Suzanne Lovell, working with design partner Amy Cassell, recently completed a new home for her famaly: a 12-room, 5,200-square-foot town house in downtown Chicago that faces Lincoln Park. The library area has a large ceramic vessel by Paul Chaleff, a Gene Summers cast-bronze low table and, flanking Vik Muniz’s After Gerhard Richter, a pair of 19th-century Chinese lanterns. Nina Levy’s sculpture Crown of Torsos is at right. Sofa and lounge chair leather, Edelman. Doris Leslie Blau carpet. (September 2007)

Photo: Tony Soluri

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 In a Bethesda, Maryland, house designed by architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, floor to ceiling windows filter light into the library and music room. Favoring a minimalist approach to the decor, Jacobsen used a simple wood carpet on the bleached-oak floors; he created the white-oak low table. (October 2006)

Photo: Robert C. Lautman

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 Working within the constraints of an existing towerlike structure situated on a steep site overlooking the Mediterranean, architect Norman Foster created a seven-level, 6,500-square-foot modernist villa. “The principal areas encompass five levels, with related living, dining and library spaces.” A glass elevator connects these levels to the bedrooms below and to the roof and pool terrace. (October 2006)

Photo: Scott Frances

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 “I was involved in carpentry when I was young, so the ranch really came out of that background,” says filmaker George Lucas. Above: The library. “I moved around in the era of 1850 to 1910,” Lucas says. For the Lucasfilm Research Library, he asked artisan Eric Christensen to create stained glass “reminiscent of the work of Greene and Greene.” The fully staffed library accomodates 27,000 titles. (March 2004)

Photo: Mary E. Nichols

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Interior designer Karin Blake created “a gallery-like atmosphere” for a couple’s Los Angeles residense. Above: The family uses the library as the children’s study area. A 20th-century papier-mâché mannequin torso is behind a vintage architect’s drafting table, which is joined by Eames chairs. (March 2004)

Photo: David O. Marlow

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In the library that designer and prominent postwar-Paris society figure Georges Geffroy created in 1948 for Baron Alexis de Rede in the Hotel Lambert, the legendary destination built circa 1640 in the heart of Paris, dozens of well-polished leatherbound books occupy the shelves in a meticulously arranged order. The library’s furnishings further the air of drama and include a Directoire tub chair and a pair of early-Louis XIV silver-leafed, velvet-covered armchairs. (May 2007)

Photo: Marina Faust

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 When the late Anthony Hail and his partner, Charles Posey, downsized to an apartment in San Francisco in the late 1990s, Hail was by then semiretired, and he had begun to devote much of his newfound free time to reading. Thus, the space that might have served only as a living room also became the library for the pair. “I try to arrange things by country,” Hail said, “so that they have something to do with each other.”Perhaps the room’s biggest surprise, however, is his choice of equipment for accessing the upper reaches of his vast book collection. Instead of the more traditional sliding ladder, propped against the built-in bookcases is a wood painter’s ladder—a richly patinated example from the 19th century, no less. (May 2007)

Photo: Mark Darley

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 “I wanted to give it a sense of the past—a certain charm and poetry. I wanted the house to live, to have the soul of a family,” Jacques Grange said of his restoration of a client’s 1920 Tudoresque house in the Normandy, France, countryside. Using glass and reclaimed 19th-century French chestnut doors, Grange designed jewel box-like built-in shelving for showcasing the family’s many tomes. With their elegantly slender cross bracing, the units have an architectural look that engages the eye. Moreover, the old chestnut contributes warmth, making the room inviting for both reading and conversation. (May2007)

Photo: Marianne Haas

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 English writer Horace Walpole’s fantastical Strawberry Hill, a castle constructed in the outer London village of Twickenham in 1748 and worked on until Walpole’s death, in 1797, sparked the Gothic Revival movement and is a model of historic preservation today. To conceive it, Walpole mined various books on medieval architecture, and a series of architects, among them Robert Adam, were brought on throughout the years to interpret the details he’d determined to use.

The bookshelves, which run the perimeter of the room, are the main attraction. Made of wood, they assume the defining Gothic feature—the pointed arch. (May 2007)

Photo: Derry Moore

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 “This is one room I know I’m going to be proud of all my life,” Thierry W. Despont said of the library he created in a Georgian Revival house, also of his making, in Toronto, Canada. The library’s baronial design, a riff on the domed hall of Palladio’s Villa Capra, known as La Rotonda, near Vicenza, Italy, soars to a height of 26 feet and has a diameter of 22 feet. Unlike some libraries, it was, in fact, conceived with certain practical requirements in mind. “He has a large collection of books on history,” Despont said of the client, “and the books are read.” Sofa fabric, Brunschwig & Fils. Oriental carpets, Stark. (May 2007)

Photo: Peter Vitale

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