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It’s pretty obvious by now that I’m an unapologetic bibliophile, so I’m delighted when I stumble across a design that pays homage to the printed word.

mcnally jackson bookstore cafe

Photo: Maggie Soladay

This cafe, located inside the McNally Jackson bookstore in downtown Manhattan (one of my favorites), was redesigned by Front Studio Architects with the directive that it should be evocative of literature. Book pages line the walls and whole tomes hover overhead in dramatic light fixtures. I’d say they beautifully achieved the objective with just the right amount of whimsy.


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  2. HGTV_Kelley says:

    I love the books on the hanging lamps over the bar, tho the ones hanging in the middle of the room make me want to duck. ;)

  3. guest says:

    Someone tell cari cucksey to get a dictionary, "dungiest", really?

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  5. theocannory says:

    I like it; short of love.

Lili ZarghamiLili is Editorial Director of HGTV.com. Her personal obsessions include looking for just the right sofa, ogling real estate listings, and reading floor-plans. She has an admitted "chair problem," collecting...


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