Novel Approach

By The Editors
July 25, 2012 9:00 am
Novel Approach
V Schrager

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library,” Borges once wrote, before shuffling off to that Dewey Decimal System in the sky.

Find that literary Shangri-La, but without leaving terrestrial comforts, with Assouline‘s Bespoke Library Design Service.

An ultra-luxe interior design service from the Paris/NY boutique publisher — so ultra-luxe, in fact, they aren’t publicizing the service online — Assouline’s Bespoke program will build a custom bibliotheca in your home, designing everything from Kipling-esque brass-railed wall ladders to secret bookshelf nooks and passageways.

To get started, email a well-read woman named Karina, who’ll interview you about your reading preferences and preferred room aesthetics.

Assouline’s services run the decor gamut, from choosing carpeting, to designing furniture and lighting, to selecting curios and up to 250 books in your preferred genre.

As you’d expect, building a home library doesn’t come cheap. To accommodate less audacious literary tastes, Assouline also offers some cool limited edition tomes, like a 150-print run of a book on Antarctic expeditions (that’s waterproof) and an actual “Britannica of erotica.” — for when you want to put less intellectual parts of you on display.

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