ISSUE 52  |  Greatest Hits of 2014

Steal This Look: A Library Loft in Barcelona

December 30, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

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Located in a former carpet warehouse built more than a century ago, this light-flooded loft in Barcelona features a library corner with steel shelves, banker’s chairs, and a vintage telephone. For sourcing ideas, read on.

Photography by Jordi Miralles via Shoot 115.

Above: A classic Eames conference table is paired with traditional banker’s chairs.

Above: Translucent window shades cut the glare but allow light to filter the room; the Shade Store has a good selection.

 Above: A Ray Pendant light and vintage phone.



Above: A trio of simple Vintage Industrial Bookcases from Restoration Hardware would create a similar shelving unit ($1,040 each, marked down from $1,095). Alternatively, the 108-inch-wide French Library Double Shelving unit starts at $1,325.

Above: The Eames Rectangular Table with laminate top and segmented base is $1,369 at Y Living.

Above: For a similar vase, consider the Heath Cearmics Multi-Stem Vase; $92-$102 at Didrik’s.

Above: The 1940s Banker’s Chair in antiqued black is $495 at Restoration Hardware. See eBay for a range of options.

Above: The spun aluminum Metalarte Ray Pendant Light was designed by Jordi Veciana; it’s available in two sizes (small is $630 and medium is $992) and in a black or white finish from Y Lighting. Another option is Tom Dixon’s Cone Light Large (shown above); $1,406 CAD ($1,210 USD) at GR Shop.  

Above: The Crosley 302 Desk Phone is $45.09 at Target.

Our Steal This Look column recently won a Folio Eddie Award.

Instant library? See 10 Favorites: Bookshelf-Print Wallpaper. Go to Libraries for more ideas, including In a Modern London Addition, Books Come First.

This post is an update; the original ran on August 13, 2013, as part of our Travels with an Editor: Barcelona issue.