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Brief Published: 28 Nov 2011

Ex Libris Convention-Busting Library Shelves


Proving that there really is inspiration in anything if you just look hard enough, Ex Libris – an installation designed by Israeli designer and architect Chanan de Lange – offers a simple but sculptural alternative to conventional library shelving.

Currently on display in the new wing of the Tel Aviv Art Museum in Israel, the two circular structures are constructed from a series of vertical metal poles. Supporting shelves are created from reused studio boards, and drawing tablets from the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, where De Lange is a lecturer. Combined, they have the capacity to hold up to 20,000 books.

Designed just as much for function as form, De Lange believes that the circular nature of the units would allow library visitors to move around in a more fluid manner – improving the browsing experience.

Chanan de Lange

Tel Aviv Museum of Art