Create a personal library in an unexpected space. Here, the living room, dining area and library blend into one cohesive space. The open layout was designed around the home owner's cherished collection of signed first-edition books. Housed dramatically in a wall of lacquered shelving, they serve as a focal point for the owner's frequent dinner parties and get-togethers.
Most floor plans lack a true space for a library. Here, the home owner makes the most of an awkward space at the base of a staircase. A comfortable chair, small writing table and arch of well-curated books make for a small, but effective home library.
Margaret Griffin and John Enright of the LA-based Griffin Enright Architects designed this modern riff on the traditional wood-paneled library. With its ebony-stained wood ceiling and built-in shelving, the elegant space is visually separated while still open to the rest of the first floor.