Smith Storage Stool




It serves as a detachable file cabinet, a stool, a rolling cart and, in multiples, even stackable shelves.

Pretty clever little thing. Though at $700 a pop your library will need deep pockets to outfit your department with these. More info at Better Living Through Design.

The Smith Storage Stool is neat, but given the choice, I’d take a classic Kik-Step® Stool.

kik step

Can’t you just hear the hollow thud of kicking one of these? Then the squeak of the wheels followed by a clanking when you stand on it? So good.

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Views from the DPLA Appfest at Chattanooga Public Library

As this library evolves I hope they find a place for this furniture. I’ve seen about 15 Bertoia Diamond chairs today!

Really great sightlines throughout the library. Each floor in the library is a wide open space. Big potential.

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For the Reading Room: Bambica Shelving

This easy-to-assemble modular display system is made of fifty handcrafted bamboo pieces and polyamide plastic joinery. Simply snap the bamboo sections together with the accompanying pegs to create a wide variety of configurations. Combine multiple sets to expand the system.

Available at the MoMA Store. The Bambica website has instructions for all sorts of designs.

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Buzzihood Cellphone Booth

Each hood is made from recycled fabric and available in tons of fun colors, including custom fabrics. There is also the possibility to add a special little notepad or tablet so one can easily take notes or write down a number while making a phone call.


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Nice Bookends

From Jasper Morrison

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For the Youth Services Department

Pin Pres is a kid’s room shelf that makes the act of sorting up the room a playful experience where the shelf adopts its form to the toys, books and other things that are being stored.”

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Space Issues

Is the furniture in your library being used as originally intended?

[hang2column]How planners probably imagined people using this space[/hang2column]

[hang2column]How people are actually using this space[/hang2column]

Sometimes people use library spaces in unintended ways. This behavior can expose design flaws and offer clues for improvements.

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Legible Bookcases


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Lost in Chair

The Lost in Chair turns something annoying and turns it into a feature. This could be a neat way to merchandise some books around the library.

There’s also the Bibliochaise.

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Kik-Step® Stool

Every library I’ve worked in as an adult has had these step stools but they still remind me of being a kid in the library.

I’d never thought about having one around the house until I saw one on Amazon the other day. This lead me to the manufacturers website where there’s a 50th Anniversary Library Edition .


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