Book of life will open

DesignerRyan Kuo
Entry Description

In traditional China, there is a common paean: "A book holds a house of gold, a book holds a fair lady". To be more traditionally Western, many would claim that “I read, therefore I am.” For this project, the owner is a professor. He is also an avid. Reflecting the importance of books in both his professional and personal life, we placed books at the center of the design concept for the house. We want to build a scholarly but comfortable atmosphere. The core colors of reading, black, gray and white, dominate the design, while natural wood colors harken back to traditional libraries while hinting at scrolls and book covers. Book lovers talk about the smell of a new book, about the excitement that comes from creasing the book to protect the binding. The eagerness and promise of the coming read. Knowing how intimately bibliophiles examine books, the design incorporates all of the aspects of the physical object. The core shape, a rectangle, can be found repeatedly. The spine of the book, the foundation of the structure, can be found in the chandelier for the eating space. Books are not only 90 degree angles – they contain curves as well. The curves and arches in this space are the same as found in an open book. Open a book, and you are drawn into the pages found there. As you turn the pages, you see different angles as light is refracted. The paper page can be found throughout the design. Light through the windows streams through as if through paper. The translucent screens recreate this effect as do the lamps and different layers of light in the master bedroom. The side of the chandelier and the curtains both reflect the look of a closed book. Paper, of course, can be folded. This usage of paper to create art is traditional in Asian culture. To create modern feeling furniture, while maintaining the book theme, we used shapes that felt like folded paper. The television stand, the dining table, the coffee table legs and many other aspects of the furniture use this design approach.

About Designer

Eco Natural X Contemporary Art X Humanities Fashion Design focused on the overlap between "sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell" ─the five senses of life. Ryan Kuo’s designs have won many international awards such as the Andrew Martin International Interior Design Award; Golden Award from France IDS•La Créativité Pierre International Green Space Category; Golden Award from US IDA International Design Awards of INTERIOR DESIGN-RESIDENTIAL (the first designer from Taiwan to win this prize); the Germery IF Design Award; The American Architecture Prize Winner;The Itality A’ Design Award.