ISSUE 13  |  Rite of Spring

By the Book: A NYC Office Gets a Makeover

March 28, 2012 7:30 PM

BY Remodelista Team

When Remodelista's New York editors started working in a shared office space, they decided to give the neglected entry a much-needed makeover. For help, we summoned Johnne Eschleman, resident artist at the nearby Ace Hotel New York, whose specialty is turning discarded dictionaries, encylopedia, and other books into wallpaper.

Eschelman, who is from Portland, Oregon, "has a good eye for straight lines and lyrics unfurling backwards," as the Ace Hotel says. For our entryway project, Eschleman repurposed a vintage illustrated dictionary with a broken spine and used a simple wheat paste to affix the pages to the wall, creating endless possibilities for perusing.

"It's more interesting to me to create one-of-a-kind things that couldn't be anywhere else," he says. "I want to create art that people are engaged with all the time, and in the process, leave as small a footprint as possible."

Watch Johnne in action below (and see the finished results) in the video "Finding Beauty in Everyday Objects for the Future."

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