What are the essential books for our current times? And how can we create a better everyday life for people and the planet? Step into the SPACE10 library. A curation of 100 essential design books, focused on discovering the answers to these very questions.
‘We want to foster spaces where people and ideas can meet, and what better than a library to provide serendipitous encounters and conversations on a daily basis.’ SPACE10, an independent research and design lab based in Copenhagen, and our collaborators on The Ideal City, have reimagined their headquarters with community at the forefront, turning their entire ground floor into a public space for inspiration, exchange and ideation. A new library comprising 100 thought-provoking books selected by the SPACE10 team is at the heart of the project, complemented by titles from guest curators and community input, including gestalten.
SPACE10 also collaborated with Copenhagen architecture and design studio Spacon & X to redesign the ground floor with reading stations, shared workspaces, and quiet meeting booths. A new kiosk offers curated design objects, alongside snacks from local companies. These additions complement the SPACE10 gallery and stage area, which will continue to host events, book launches with visiting authors, and engaging panel discussions.
‘Our methodology has always centered on involving people in research and design processes in order to continue to diversify our perspectives and create solutions that truly matter for the many. We learned in a recent SPACE10 survey that 87% of our community follow us for ‘inspiration and new ideas’, while 59% want to be part of a ‘like-minded community.' This felt like an opportunity to provide the community with a physical space that can be used for research, discussions, meetups, and share books we at SPACE10 find inspiring and that are shaping our own conversations and projects.’
Head to SPACE10 to learn more about the Library, and how you can get involved, and explore the gestalten books you can expect to see on their shelves here: The Ideal City, The Monocle Guide for Better Living, The ArchDaily Guide to Good Architecture, Let's Play Indoors, Explore the World, and Who Invented This?