ISSUE 56  |  In the Library

A Writer’s Library: Michael Cunningham at Home

January 21, 2013 9:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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Yes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham's literary oeuvre is impressive (his tomes include "The Hours" and "By Nightfall"), but it's really his bookshelf-lined NYC bathroom we're interested in.

Photos by Joshua Simpson via FSG Work in Progress.

Above: Cunningham's custom bathtub is surrounded by books and stacks of magazines.

Above: Avian decor mingles with the volumes.

Above: Reading within reach; books everywhere (even next to the bathroom sink).

Above: Michael Cunningham at home in his sun-flooded NYC loft. "His aesthetic sensibility also extends to his personal style," writer Elliott Holt says at The Migrant Book Club. "He tends to wear jeans, t-shirts, and boots. But not just any boots. He once told me that he buys them from Carol Christian Poell, an Austrian designer in Milan, who buries the boots in his backyard for a few weeks to give them an authentic weathered appearance."

Above: Cunningham created a tower of books, spines to the wall, using the Sapien Bookcase, designed by Milan-based Bruno Rainaldi and available at Design Within Reach. Note the appealing visuals created by the different shades of aged and new paper.

Above: Prized volumes on a horn stool.