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Librairie 7L*

Villa Medici, Rome, IT

2024



Established in Paris in 1999 by the world-renowned fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, the Library 7L became a significant cultural landmark before being acquired by CHANEL in 2021. It specializes in a diverse range of works, including photography, design, decoration, interior architecture, fashion arts monographs, major exhibition catalogs, and publications on gardens and ceramics. Post-acquisition, the library has seen substantial development, including the establishment of a new branch within the historic Villa Medici, home to the French Academy in Rome. This project seeks to reimagine the Rome-based library, incorporating specifically designed furniture that not only showcases the books but also enhances the overall visitor experience. Inspired by the iconic Bouquinistes bookstalls lining the banks of the Seine in Paris, six pine wood modules are designed as boxes that can be opened or closed. These adaptable units are constructed to display an array of items, from books to art pieces created by academy residents, offering flexibility for indoor use or outdoor setups to facilitate public engagements, book launches, dialogues, events, and beyond.


* Under Construction

Author:
Manuel Bouzas
Rosita Palladino

Client:
Librarie 7L
Villa Medici 

Sponsors:
Librairie 7L

Chanel