BLUE VELVET BOOK PILLOW

Bookcase design

Architect: Lina Stergiou
Photos: Nikos Baxevanoglou

This project subverts the expected materials a bookcase is usually made of. The blue velvet, which coats foam-rubber, creates a pillow for the books. The ‘blue velvet book-pillow’ expands the meaning of the bookcase, as of not only carrying but also caring for the books. The vertical front piece, a movable part, suggests a sensitive gesture, to open it so as to reach what is inside. The sense of protection suggested is accentuated by the extended depth of the shelves.

Exhibited in:

2004-today: Femmes Architectes en Euro-méditerranée, travelling exhibition, organized by Association pour Recherche sour la Ville et l’Habitat ARVHA Paris. Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris; Biblioteca Nazionale Turin for the XXIII Congress of UIA Union International of Architects; The Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Strasbourg INSA, Strasbourg; Centre Georges Pompidou Beaubourg, Paris; RIBA Gallery, London; Marseille; Spain; Ireland; Belgium; Morocco and Algeria. Participation upon invitation representing Greece
2003: 3rd Busan International Cultural Festival, Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, Busan, Korea

Published in:

2003: Architext (NY/Bucharest) #11/ November ‘03
2000: Design+Art in Greece (Athens) #31
1999: Metalocus (Madrid) #3