May 5, 2011

Yellow. Books.

So I've still got yellow on the brain...  The long-awaited bookshop Van Alen Books opened last week on West 22nd Street in NYC.  The architecture & design bookstore serves also as a public reading room with an amazing installation of steps/benches painted a fantastic daffodil yellow.  I am liking this edgy look in a retail space; it's attention-grabbing.  I passed the store this morning, I took a pitiful photo of the LOT-EK steps but others have photographed this space so much better...
crummy image via Whitney's phone
 images via Architizer
more photos of the opening available at Architect's Newspaper
If you're in the Flatiron or Chelsea areas, try to make a pitstop at Van Alen Books.

And quickly, while we're on the topic of design & architecture publishing, may I suggest some reading?  The Architecture of Happiness by Alain Du Botton is awesome.  It's not a new release, but it's worth picking up if you've never happened upon it.  It reads a little text-bookish and esoteric but nevertheless is a fascinating study of the human relationship to our produced environments.  To understand why we are drawn to certain design styles more than others, Du Cotton explains the psychology behind taste.  It's a fairly quick read and you're sure to learn something about yourself and your ideologies about design. 


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