For Storing 3,000 Books
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Working from a converted barn in Walnutport, Pennsylvania, woodworker Stephen Carr mostly makes custom furniture for longtime clients like architect-designer Giancarlo Valle. But he also creates built-in shelves for homes throughout the tristate area. In 2016, he worked with Thakoon Panichgul on his fashion line’s Soho store, and the designer was so pleased that when he and his husband purchased a Tribeca condo, they immediately called him back. They needed a custom solution for their large number of books — somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000, Panichgul guesses. He wanted the final product to hide the TV, a record player, and a tangled mess of cables. And, of course, to be beautiful. “We wanted it to feel like it was part of the apartment, so he brought the molding all the way up to the ceiling,” Panichgul says. It turned out exactly as they had hoped — as if it had always been there. A year later, the couple had Carr create another built-in bookshelf for their bedroom that cleverly conceals Panichgul’s piano, which pops out for lessons. Shelves start at $5,000 with an estimated lead time of five to eight weeks.
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