• 07.01.11

A Museum Exhibit On Books, Made Of 40,000 Books

A new use for books in the post-print era: wall decor.

How do you mount a museum exhibit about books, when supposedly no one reads them anymore? One answer: Turn them into decoration.


The new permanent exhibit at the Children’s Book Museum in The Hague has walls made out of a whopping 40,000 books. Stacked horizontally, their spines hidden more often than not, they tower over the space like dusty fortresses of print history. Around them, a castle of digital media rises up — with loads of interactive gaming and slick computer units that let kids build their own storybook characters — which, we guess, is how you get the young?uns excited about reading nowadays.

Papiria: Land of Children’s Books was conceptualized by the Dutch design studio Grob Enzo in partnership with the museum and designed by Amsterdam-based Platvorm. For lots more on the design concept, check out Frame magazine’s story here.

[Images courtesy of Grob Enzo]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.