Branch manager Lynne sent me this photo the other day of a cool chair she encountered in her travels – the seat and back are made from paperback books. While I’m still undecided about how comfortable such a chair might be, it got me thinking about book furniture. Further research seems to indicate that building furniture out of books is kind of a thing — I’m really digging this bookstore counter made of stacked books, although I don’t think stacking up books and calling them side tables counts – nice try, Real Simple.
While you’re contemplating book chairs, why not check out some books with chairs in the title?
For grown-ups, there’s Sue Monk Kidd’s Mermaid Chair at the Montclair branch, and further afield you can find chair treatises like The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design by Galen Cranz at Rockridge or Please Be Seated: The Evolution of the Chair, 2000 BC-2000 AD by Marvin D. Schwartz at Main.
Also at other branches, you’ll find more tenuously chair-related books like The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders (Rockridge and others); Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch (Lakeview and others); and Hemingway’s Chair by Michael Palin (Rockridge).
Kid’s books featuring chairs at the Montclair branch include:
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy
A Chair for Always by Vera B. Williams
Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau
Now go find a comfy chair (made of books or not) and start reading!