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Tiny Libraries, DIY Reading Rooms, and Other Micro Book Depots

  Guerrilla librarians across the globe seek to achieve maximum literary saturation. We aren’t shy about sharing our love for books—and all the amazing places they are housed—around here. You visited some of the most beautiful college libraries in the world with us, we told you about ourfavorite bookstores—and highlighted your picks—plus much more. We wanted to venture into DIY territory and visit some of the tiniest—but gutsiest—libraries around the

31 Insanely Clever Products To Organize Your Whole Life

1. Magnetic Bottle Holder These insanely strong magnetic strips allow you to hang your beer from the ceiling of your fridge, freeing up space (plus it just looks cool). Price: $38 2. Miniature Filing Cabinet for Business Cards (or Recipes) Have a job that involves acquiring a ton of business cards? Install this little guy on your desk. Save a lot of recipes? Put one on your kitchen counter. Price:

New Sliding Door System Makes Small House Design Easier

I really like products like this new hardware package from Johnson Hardware. Putting in a sliding door, as opposed to a standard swinging door, saves about 14 square feet of space in a hallway or room. This product can hold a 400 lb. door and comes with all the hardware needed. Another slightly more affordable sliding door system from HomCom, the HomCom 6′ Interior Sliding Barn Door Kit. Available in

Eclépens apartment interiors with boxy wooden furniture by Big-Game

  Big-Game was commissioned by Swiss architect Guillaume Burri to renovate the interior of a former glass-brick factory in the village of Eclépens, near Lake Geneva. The factory is divided into two rental apartments and the boxy units were designed to optimise space inside the compact interiors. “The idea was to create furniture that would include most functions needed in a living space: stairs, storage, kitchen, etc,” said the designers.

This stair is more like a room serving many different functions

  I’m underwhelmed with the exterior of this house in South Korea designed by UTAA architects; it is all solid wall with slit windows because the clients were worried about privacy and people peeping through windows. So the architects developed a courtyard plan with most of the glazing opening inwards, an idea that has given people privacy and security since Roman times. We’re supposed to be underwhelmed with the exterior,

Open+Hidden: Space-Saver Dining Room & Kitchen Concept

  More than most parts of a home, kitchens are places used only during select times of the day – the rest of the time they simply sit idle and empty awaiting preparation and consumption of breakfast, lunch or dinner. So why not clean the slate and hide the cookware and kitchen furniture when they are not in use? Designers Magda Masalska & Marta Pala imagine doing just that in

Tiny Libraries, DIY Reading Rooms, and Other Micro Book Depots

Guerrilla librarians across the globe seek to achieve maximum literary saturation. We aren’t shy about sharing our love for books—and all the amazing places they are housed—around here. You visited some of the most beautiful college libraries in the world with us, we told you about ourfavorite bookstores—and highlighted your picks—plus much more. We wanted to venture into DIY territory and visit some of the tiniest—but gutsiest—libraries around the world.

The Living Cube by Till Könneker saves space in micro apartments

This space-efficient box by Swiss designer Till Könneker creates a separate sleeping area and compact storage solutions for studio apartments. Originally conceived for the designer’s own one-bed flat, Till Könneker‘s structure combines many pieces of furniture into one freestanding cube, creating two new “rooms” in the process. Related story: The Living Cube includes a platform that accommodates a queen-size bed and an internal space for storage or a workspace underneath.

12 great small kitchen designs

Whether you live in a small apartment or a tiny house, there’s lot of great kitchen options out there. Check out these 12 cool kitchen designs.    The kitchen “Board,” designed for Snaidero by Pietro Arosio, is substantial, compact and aesthetically light without taking anything away from functionality and ergonomics. The fully-equipped workstation takes preparation, cooking and washing in its stride. Available in two different sizes (90 and 120 cm), it is

Complete Mini Kitchens

Building a tiny house kitchen can be time consuming depending on your carpentry skills and what you choose to put into it. Costs can skyrocket if you have expensive tastes and hire professionals to help. One option is to get a complete prebuilt kitchen unit – although even these range in price from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. For example the Kitchen Armoire pictured here costs about $8,000, and it’s