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Home library remains handy retreat for reading, low-key entertainment

A library by Alessandra Branca created for a design showcase in New York City has just two bookshelves and a chrome easel for a flat-screen television. A large Candida Hofer photograph of Dublin's Trinity College Library provided a trompe l’oeil effect, as if the library extended into the image.
Photographer: Douglas Friedman/Elle Decor
A library by Alessandra Branca created for a design showcase in New York City has just two bookshelves and a chrome easel for a flat-screen television. A large Candida Hofer photograph of Dublin's Trinity College Library provided a trompe l’oeil effect, as if the library extended into the image.
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With the advent of tablets, cellphones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room? Not a chance, designers and retailers say. Digital and print books can co-exist, says House Beautiful’s editor-in-chief Newell Turner. “When there’s an endless river of [digital] content, the words, text and images we choose to print and bind into a physical book will make [it] even more special,” he said. And books, in their ...

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