Linger in the Library

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library b42Above: Library beforelibrary main2Above: detail showing white leather panels and glass shelveslibrary mainAbove: wingback chairs, zebra ottoman and artwork by Amy Caseylibrary finishAbove: detail of striated glaze finishlibrary main3library artAbove: artwork by Amy Casey framed in white pops against dark wallslibrary barAbove: custom bar in white lacquer with undulating textured frontlibrary bar openAbove: detail showing bar in open positionDesign Problem:  A typical mahogany paneled library in the center of a client's home that had no windows and served as a catch all room for miscellaneous items.  The room also needed to be unified with adjacent rooms from a finish standpoint.

Solution:    Sometimes the best solution to a problem in a room is to emphasize it.  In this case a room that was already dark was made darker. The mahogany finish was changed to a deep, charcoal glaze giving the room a certain mystique.  It was then juxtaposed with a bright, chalky white and some black creating high contrast and a very stimulating and inviting space.  The desk was removed from the bookcase nook and replaced with two stylized wing chairs. They are upholstered in white leather and their fluted wood trim finished in glossy jet black. They sit atop a silver shag rug which is shared with a small star-shaped ottoman upholstered in zebra.  

To follow this idea further the wood panels behind the chairs and the back wall of the bookcases were upholstered in the same white leather as the chairs.  Glass shelves replaced wood shelves allowing the lighting to filter through. French doors to adjacent rooms were removed to allow for better connection and traffic flow in the house.  

A quirky, scupltural, white laquer bar was designed to provide an interesting texture to the room.  The lower portion is on casters and easily slides out, transforming it in seconds to a working spot for a bartender while entertaining.