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Design Candy: Three Book-Places I Love

When I need to gain inspiration, I try to find galleries, museums, or events around the city that combine my love of art, design AND books.  So if you have an afternoon to spend in New York City looking for the same inspiration, old and new, read on . . . 

Photo by Joel Zimmer

Art House Co-op – This small Williamsburg establishment is home to a VERY large exhibit: The Sketchbook Project.  Each year, thousands of artists contribute theme-based books (from a provided blank Moleskine), and the huge collection of returned artwork travels around the country.  2011’s Sketchbook Project is finally back in the Art Library, so make sure to head over to Brooklyn and browse a stack of original art!

Art House Co-op @ The Brooklyn Art Library 

103A N. 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tues-Sun: 12-8 PM

The Grolier Club – If you’re a bibliophile more inclined to have an upscale experience, the Grolier Club is a beautiful place to visit. The Club celebrates the fine art of bookmaking, and regularly showcases rare/historical objects and hand-bound works of art.  It’s closed right now (for the month of August), but I highly recommend the exhibits or making an appointment at the library for awe-inspiring examples of typography and craft.

The Grolier Club Library

47 East 60th Street, New York, NY

Mon-Fri: 10 AM-5 PM

Photo (c) Printed Matter, 2010

The New York Art Book Fair – Are you a fan of art books and zines?  If you want in on the freshest, most avant-garde works of independent publishing out there, then the New York Art Book Fair is the must-see festival of the year.  I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer array of downright cool vendors in 2010… and I can’t wait to go back in September!

The NY Art Book Fair @ MoMA PS1

2225 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2011

And while you’re waiting, shop at the sponsor of the fair, indie/art publishing bookstore Printed Matter:

195 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Tues-Wed: 11 AM-6 PM, Thurs-Sat: 11 AM-7 PM

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