Every beach bum needs a great beach read to get them through their day of ultimate relaxation. Industrial designer Matali Crasset’s Biblioteque de Plage provides a tranquil respite for vacationers in the South of France. The pop up library offers 350 volumes for light reading, along with built-in shaded cubby holes for relaxing with a book along the sunny shores of Istres.
Made from a steel frame and soft stretched canvas, the pop up beach library gives sun worshipers at the Romaniquette beach a break from the harsh solar rays. Reminiscent of a childhood fort, beach goers can relax under the extended fabric eaves and cool off in the shade, after choosing a page-turner to borrow from the extensive paperback library. The three fabric cabanas face out around the perimeter of the open-air shelves inside, providing a covered space for hunkering down with a good read. Guarded under a bright orange sunshade, the counter-top style structure is packed with volumes for the taking.
Visitors can borrow volumes ranging from classics like Jane Austen to nonfiction and light beach reads, all carefully curated by Crasset herself to inspire beach-combing locals. The designer worked with Istres’ municipal library to not only provide the easy reading paperbacks, but also to extend the access of books to public areas outside of the actual library itself.
Beach readers can enjoy the pop up library at Romaniquette until the summer season ends in September.
Via Fast Company