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Must-See: This Book Store Takes Reading Time to A Whole New Level

We'd want to have our own pod, too!


If you look at photos of libraries, or if you can still recall how school libraries look like—there are a few common elements. Most have rows of tables, identical chairs, and shelves that are overflowing with different titles.

Since these spaces can be a bit stiff, we try our best to create a nook at home where we can relax and enjoy comfy pillows while being transported to a different dimension with each turn of a page. But what if you can have a special pod where you can remain undisturbed with your chosen read? Check out this one-of-a-kind book store in Colombia:

Welcome to 9 ¾, a book store and cafe that redefines comfort. Measuring around 1,300 square feet, the inviting haven is a treat for kids and the young at heart who are looking for a special place where they can be alone with their books. Since it's not your typical store or cafe, it gives you a different environment where you can just unwind and relax completely.

Created by Colombian design firm Plasma Nodo, the place features hexagon-shaped pods with cushion where you can curl up with a book or two. If you want a spot where you can also observe the happenings around you, there are nooks that are higher above ground to ensure that you can have a quiet time while reading.

The first floor highlights a typical cafe setup with round tables and chairs. Some of the differences that one would notice are the mismatched chairs that add interest to the space and the backless bookshelf that holds different knickknacks and decor.

Ideas to steal: If your living area follows a neutral color scheme, consider having a backless bookcase, too! Fill it with different books and colorful accessories that can break the monotony of the space. Make it a focal point in the space by adding spotlights that can further showcase your collection.

In between pages, visitors might want to take a break and reflect on what they have read. The refreshing plant wall can soothe the eyes and make you feel closer to nature. It adds to the tranquil vibe of the store too. To maintain the overall look of 9 ¾, wooden shelves and pendant lights are added to the space as well.

Inspired to create your own mini library or reading corner? Click here for tips that can help you get started. 

Source: Freshome. All photos from: Plasma Nodo. To see more photos and to learn more about this enchanting space, click here.

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