Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

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Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

Dezeen in Israel: designer Chanan de Lange exhibits two circular library bookshelves made from recycled school desks at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

Around 20,000 books can be stored on the wooden shelves, which are fixed at different angles onto supporting metal columns.

Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

Books can only fit onto the structure face down, so that the text on each spine is correctly orientated.

Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

The library installation is on show inside the museum's new wing, the Herta and Paul Amir Building, which we featured on Dezeen last week - see our earlier story here.

Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

You can also find out more about design from Israel in our special feature.

Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

Photography is by Ariel Caine.

Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

Here's some more text from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art:


Chanan de Lange: Ex Libris

"Ex Libris" is a library composed of two rounded objects, capable of storing 20,000 books.

Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

The work raises questions about the manner and "ease" of a book's placement on a shelf and about the visitor/user's progress through the space defined by the library.

Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

The book accompanying the exhibition presents numerous libraries designed by De Lange throughout the years – private and public libraries, some of which are functional and some display objects – and points out the material, formal and technological connections between them.

Ex Libris by Chanan de Lange

Agnes and Beny Steinmetz Wing for Architecture and Design, Gallery 1, the Herta and Paul Amir Building

Curated by Maya Vinitsky (book)

  • ketaki

    looking like an art installation…but gud idea to recycle those benches…only one question that wht abt backing wo hold the books?

  • http://reinaelliston.gather.com/ Reina Elliston

    I think that the raw feature of the shelf is its asset; not to mention its circular shape that makes it unique. Thanks for sharing!