Living With Books

Dominique Dupuich, Roland Beaufre

“A lavish examination of the creative ways people . . .make books a part of their living spaces.”—Fine Books & Collections


A home filled with books can be a place of inspiration in more ways than one. Bookcases, bookshelves, entire rooms: far from being simple storage spaces, home libraries reveal the personalities and lifestyles of their owners. They are always very personal and unpredictable, whether they have been specially created in a separate room or fitted into nooks and crannies all over the house.

Artists, interior decorators, graphic designers, fashion designers, writers, collectors, journalists, and business people: all have different ways of engaging with books as a design challenge. Here we see how they have built the libraries of their dreams, and we explore the many ways of striking a balance between style and practicality, modern trends and classic styling, strict organization and carefree clutter.

The illustrations show how the right combination of shelving, lighting, and accessories can be brought together with a dash of imagination to create a truly unique interior.


Love books? Fashion? Interior design? Check out this pretty guide to the personal libraries of artists, designers, and collectors.

— Image Magazine

With the popularity of reading on digital devices has come appreciation for bound pages and printed words, and this volume will inspire.

— Library Journal

More than just a design book of ideas about what to do with your tomes, this marvelous text is like an enabling coach for the book lover.

— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Dominique Dupuich


Dominique Dupuich is a journalist who has worked for Marie Claire and Glamour, among others. She lives in Paris.

Roland Beaufre


Roland Beaufre‘s photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines. He lives in Paris.