Welcome to the New York city apartment of Graham Hill, a Canadian-born architect committed to bringing sustainability into the mainstream. His apartment does more with less. It has a footprint of only 420 square feet. Yet it’s elegantly-designed and completely functional. What initially looks like a simple studio unfolds into much more, a Soho apartment that features no less than eight rooms – a bedroom, guest room, kitchen, office and the rest. We’ll let Graham, the founder of treehugger.com, take you on the grand tour, and we’ll leave you to wonder what a designer could do with this Parisian apartment measuring only 17 square feet….
H/T Jason G. via Gizmodo
Shirley Jones as a hard-to-get librarian. Singing. Iowans. Adorable.
Of course the “I Love You” scene in a movie based on a book happens in a library. Of course it does.
The library as prison. Almost the whole movie takes place in this fairly non-descript suburban high school library. But man, those tables and that lighting are universal. (Side question: isn’t that modern-art sculpture in the center really strange? What public high school library has a budget for that?)
From library-as-prison to prison library (see what I did there?). Andy Dufresne’s decades-long library project comes together just as his own plan to escape comes together.
This is probably the single coolest shot of a library in a movie, and I would love to see how they set it up. Here, Woodward and Bernstein are going through every book the Nixon White House requested by hand. Spoiler alert: they don’t find what they are looking for.
The library at Hogwarts always has what you are looking for, but apparently a really, really bad catalog system. If there were just Subject categories for “Nicholas Flammel,” “How to Breathe Underwater,” and “The Chamber of Secrets,” then this series could have been about half as long. Come to think of it, we never hear about any librarians. Maybe they were the victims of cutbacks. See what happens when you cut back on library staffing? You risk Voldemort taking over.
Let’s go with another library that doesn’t exist. The Fortress of Solitude contains the sum total of the learning of the planet Krypton, in super-efficient crystal form. Labeling is a bit of a headache, as you apparently have to be able to remember the crystals by their size and cut. Is the stuff about General Zod on the flat-cut stumpy crystal or the wedge-cut fluted crystal? Damn it, Jor-El, how about throwing a label-maker in with my interstellar infant pod?
A library with the sum total of a planet’s knowledge isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A library with the sum total of the whole galaxy’s knowledge. That’s cool.
You know what? There already is a great library scene involving Dante’s Inferno. Here, Freeman is looking into the books Kevin Spacey’s John Doe has been reading, and, well, let’s just say they aren’t My Little Pony boardbooks. This scene has the only genuinely creepy shots of making photocopies on film.
If Se7en has the eeriest library scene, Philadelphia has the most moving. When Joe Miller sits down to talk about legal precedents for Andrew Beckett’s AIDS discrimination case, he is conquering his prejudice in the name of empathy. I mean, you couldn’t set this in Starbucks, right?
The globe-trotting scavenger hunt for the cup of Christ comes to a head for the Jones boys at the library of Alexandretta. Hey, it’s not exactly subtle, but if you want subtle, go watch something with subtitles.
Here’s our third visit to the New York Public Library (Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Ghostbusters), and the silliest. Yes, this is a big, dumb movie. Yes they take the cringe-inducing step of burning books to stay warm. But dammit a library covered in ice is awesome.
Did the trope of murders happening in the library start with the board game this movie is based on? Anyway, this movie is better than it has any right to be, which seems to be a recurring theme of movies with Tim Curry in the lead. You do know that there were different endings of this movie, right? And that depending on the print your theater had, you would see a different one? I wish Avatar was like that, but instead of different endings, I wish there were just empty film canisters.
Here’s how you can tell if a kid is going to grow up to be a life-long book nerd: they are more interested in the library in Beauty and the Beast than they are what happens with the rose and the sentient flatware.
One of the power couple of bookstore movies (more on the other in a second). Notting Hill fulfills a number of bookstore fantasies: quirky staff, celebrity patrons, and attractive British booksellers.
Remember the days when chain bookstores were the Big Bad Wolf? Ah, the good old days.
The only thing cooler than a movie-bookstore is a movie-bookstore that doubles as a gateway to hell.
The bookstore in Hugo is the gold-standard in fantasy bookstores. Everything is just so enchantingly jumbled and leather-bound.
I want to go to a bookstore that has a whole section on dragons. Do you think Flourish and Blott’s takes AmEx?
The craziest book ever acquired in a movie has to be The Never Ending Story, which came from this fairly creepy hole-in-the wall shop. I mean, the villain in the book is….nothing. Sheer oblivion. I still have night terrors about it.
“Some is staring at you in ‘Personal Growth.’” I watched this movie dozens of times growing up in Kansas, and I though everyone ran into people they know at bookstores in New York. In reality, they just are there to go to the bathroom.
As far as I know, this is the only cinematic appearance of the legendary Paris bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. It’s fitting that a movie with extraordinary erudition and heart starts here.
While Notting Hill has the canonical bookstore meet-cute, this one between Steve Carrell and Juliette Binoche is pretty great. Who doesn’t want to fall in love in a bookstore? No one I would want to fall in love with that’s for sure.
How about a couple of classic movies now? In The Big Sleep, Geiger’s Bookstore becomes key in figuring out…something (don’t want to get all spoilery here). But Bogart in a bookstore should be enough to get you interested without too much more info, no?
Fred Astaire plays a photographer in search of models of who can think as good as they look and stumbles across Audrey Hepburn, one of the 20th Centuries great beauties, working in a bookstore. Of course banter and hijinks ensue. (Be warned: this is a musical. Just so you are prepared).
At the beginning of this list, would you have believed that Salma Hayek is at best only the second most beautiful movie-bookstore owner? (Audrey takes the top spot, in my opinion).
I think the memory-wiping sequence here is the single coolest bookstore scene in the movies.
There are a couple of good bookstores scenes in Manhattan, but this one has Allen in tweed, so it gets the nod. On the other hand, the other scene has Meryl Streep. Toss-up.
Beauty and The Beast has a great library scene AND a great bookstore scene. So maybe this is less a romantic fairy-tale than it is the story of a bookworm who goes from mooching books from the store to having a private library worthy of British royalty. At least that’s what I got from it.
Ernest Hemingway: Salt water, rum, coconut and lime, cigar smoke, Spanish wine
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Gin, citrus, oak (prep school, amirite), in a champagne-flute shaped bottle with gold flecks in it
Jane Austen: Darjeeling tea, snowdrops and pansies (flowers from her garden), meadow grass
Dorothy Parker: Whiskey sour, vanilla, mandarin, white musk
Edgar Allan Poe: Poppies, absinthe, sandalwood, and mold
Flannery O’Connor: Church incense, soap, vanilla, ginger
Jack Kerouac: Cigarettes, cheap beer, unwashed youth, patchouli, car leather
the Bronte Sisters: Heather, sea air, vetiver, primrose, black tea
Louisa May Alcott: Fir tree, red currant, blood orange, coffee beans
Tolstoy: Vodka, musk, black tea, black peppercorn, cedar
Sylvia Plath: Freshly washed linen, vanilla, daffodils, lavender
Margaret Mitchell: Musk, magnolia, tea, sugar, gardenia blossoms
Dickens: Cloves, tobacco, patchouli, brandy water, river water
Anne Sexton: Vodka martini, tobacco, lemon verbena, peppermint