Sunday, 4 March 2012

Most Beautiful Book Stores in the WORLD! . . .

In this day and age of technology I still revel in a good book. Not an e-book or some technology produced jargon. I mean an actual material, feel the thickness in your hand, smell paper (old or new), and turn the pages book. I hope that books never ever stop being published and printed. They are archival masterpieces. These beautiful book stores from all over the world give hope. Have a look at this white girls literary wet dream . . .

This store has a flying bike and books to the ceiling. Need we say more? Ler Devagar, Lisbon, Portugal

This beautifully designed space has surprising shapes, cleverly constructed nooks and crannies and even a tree or two. The American Book Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This majestic converted 1920s movie palace uses theatre boxes for reading rooms and draws thousands of tourists every year. Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Rounded ceilings and decorative lighting. Barter Books, Alnwick, UK 

Modern design at its finest in a store full of art books. The Bookàbar Bookshop, Rome, Italy

 

A gorgeous converted Dominican church gives the power of reading its due diligence. Selexyz Bookstore, Maastricht, Holland 


Somehow, this bookstore manages to be both whimsical and slightly macabre all at once. Cook & Book, Brussels, Belgium


The bookstore section of the larger complex dedicated to art and design certainly lives up to its mission. Corso Como Bookshop, Milan, Italy 


The huge space, high ceilings and stately pillars make for a lovely reading experience. The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA

For those who like their green spaces (and coffee shops) to invade their bookstores. Cafebreria El Pendulo, Mexico City, Mexico 

Love the stairs as reading and display area, the wall-to-wall bookshelves, and the simple, clean design. Plural Bookshop, Bratislava, Slovakia 


For those browsers not as impressed by architecture as they are by the beauty of books upon books upon books in narrow hallways — not to mention a place to nap. Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France 



This is a bookstore that seems to be made almost entirely out of books — down to its dramatic front doors. Livraria da Vila, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Support bookstores my friends! :)

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