These interiors are for the books

These interiors are for the books

As we celebrate World Book Day, it's time to take a journey through the enchanted realms of interior design and explore the boundless creativity and ingenuity by Registered Interior Designers that bring these spaces to life. From the cozy nooks of residential libraries to the grandeur of commercial bookstores and public libraries, every shelf holds a treasure trove of knowledge waiting to be discovered.

How custom millwork makes this space work

A set of black shelves with nooks abutts a long floatingdesk with a shelf above.

Located just off the main entrance of this modern family home, the existing compact space needed to maximize function, operating as library, in-home office, kids homework area, and mudroom overflow.

Interior Designer: Tanya Yeung, ARIDO
Design Firm: Analogue Design Studio 
Photographer: Stephani Buchman 

View full project here.

Toronto’s Albion Library turns the page on dated institutional design

With a vibrant façade and a warm, light-filled interior, the revitalized Albion Library is much more than a place to house reading material. Located in Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood, the library functions as a social epicentre for the surrounding community. Albion Library provides a broad range of services for a diverse demographic, including many recent immigrants, in one of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. 

Interior Designer: Joanne D'Silva
Design Firm: Perkins and Will
Photographer: Doublespace; Rodrigo Chavez; Toronto Public Library Staff

View full project here.

How a public library was transformed for the 21st century

A wall of glass divides the Makerspace area from the rest of the library floor with a decal that indicates its name.

Hamilton Public Library’s (HPL) full scope included renovations to four different spaces, totalling more than 28, 000 square feet. Major priorities were more digital literacy services, like a lab and training programs, space that would accommodate group and solo study, and community gathering space for multiple music events throughout the year.

Interior Designer: Dora Lomax
Design Team: Karin Vandenberg, ARIDO; Pete VandenArend, ARIDO
Design Firm: McCallum Sather Architects Inc.
Photographer: Dan Banko

View full project here.

Opening a new chapter in retail design

An area of the store featuring a large black piano, colorful books and products, and artwork on the walls

A creative vision of a “cultural department store for book-lovers” led Canada’s largest independent bookstore to expand beyond national borders to launch its first store in the United States in Short Hills, New Jersey. This contemporary shop interior embodies a holistic design concept that attracts customers of all ages and design sensibilities. 

Interior Designer: Diego Burdi, ARIDO
Design Team: Tom Yip, ARIDO
Design Firm: Burdifilek
Photographer: Ben Rahn, A-Frame Studio

See full project here.


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