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XYZ refers to the collection as being an example of “semi-cooked design” – part DIY, part upcycling, following a blueprint just like a cook in the kitchen. What’s especially engaging about this approach is that anyone with the time and the imagination can create their own collection from found items. The architect’s website includes cheeky directions for making your own set of book-bells, providing the “ingredients” and “recipe” for your customizable centerpieces.

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In this day and age, sitting down with a good book has somehow become challenging. The uprising of technology – and having all the information you will ever need one finger swipe away – may have diminished the allure of a nice page-turner. This collection suggests the fight against hunkering down with a good read is similar to a work out and may demand similar dedication and effort. But, as we know, the emotional rewards of exercise are well worth it. So let’s not forget to keep our brain and imagination in shape.

+ XYZ Integrated Architecture

Images via Daro Sulakauri