In this Greenbrae, California, living room, Eche Martinez created an inviting atmosphere, with walls of bookshelves and a Charles Eames lounge chair and side table (right) serving as an ideal reading spot.
Photo by Christopher Stark
A Kelly Behun–designed penthouse in Manhattan, located in the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, features this cozy walnut-paneled library. The space includes walls of built-in bookcases, a custom sofa and a wood marquetry cocktail table by Behun.
Photo by Richard Powers
This shelving unit, with its unexpected proportions, adds another element of visual interest to a South Miami Beach dining room by Frank Roop.
Photo by Eric Roth
In this Sag Harbor, New York, library by David Kleinberg the wall of bookshelves, window seat and fireplace make for an undeniably cozy space.
Photo by Peter Murdock
A built-in bookcase painted a vibrant shade of purple pops in this modern White Webb–designed weekend home in upstate New York.
Photo by Tim Street-Porter
The library on the landing of this New York townhouse by Peter Pennoyer Architects features arched niches the echo the shape of the doorways and the vaulted ceiling.
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Custom shelving frames the sofa in this Bargersville, Indiana living room by Angie Hranowsky.
Photo by Julia Lynn
“We like to use vintage and antique storage pieces whenever possible,” says Kristen Zeff, who works with her husband, Mark Zeff. “For spaces that are unusual in size, custom-designed pieces like library shelving are also a great option.” For the Zeffs’ home in East Hampton, New York, their architecture and design firm custom made the shelving, which was produced in Italy by Tedeschi Italia. The safari chairs are by Kaare Klint and the side table is vintage.
Photo by Gianni Franchelluci
There is an astounding amount of storage in the library of this Brazilian penthouse by Studio MK27, a double-height space for which they designed floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving. The NeoWall sofa is by Piero Lissoni and the Ondine 530 chair by Vladimir Kagan.
Photo by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
The shelving unit in this East Hampton, New York, dining room by Timothy Godbold combines open and closed components, so it doubles as a display space as well as a storage unit. A Fontana Arte Wig suspension lamp by Chris Hardy hangs over the table.
Photo by Rikki Snyder
“At Sigmar, we always like to include storage in our projects as it helps to keep spaces uncluttered,” says Barbara Braeunlich, a designer at Sigmar, who adds that books give homes a “lived-in feel.” The firm designed the custom bookshelf and ladder in this London flat. Through the doors, the dining area features a vintage table and Hans Wegner wishbone chairs.
Photo by Petr Krecji
“We provide a solution for each unique situation,” says Damon Liss, who designed this Tribeca loft for his family. “Sometimes custom millwork, like this photo, is ideal to achieve a library feel. In other spaces, it might make sense to select a beautiful vintage cabinet.” The living room features his custom millwork, and the space also includes Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist‘s Adam armchair, a teak conference chair by Pierre Jeanneret and a Martin Eisler coffee table.