Colour coding my books

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Oct 19 2008
The Adobe Bookshop's red book section

I was thinking a lot about places I’ve been inside dreams, where I’m familiar with a building or a room, or like when I’m in a house in a dream and there are combinations of things in the house that don’t exist in reality – Chris Cobbs

The Adobe Bookshop's red book section

The Adobe Bookshop’s red book section

You know the recent trend of interior designers and inspired ones among us of arranging our books according to colour on our one or two bookshelves?

Chris Cobb, back in 2004, did this … in a scale that defies all our meagre attempts. He took over a friend’s giant bookshop (Adobe Bookshop, San Francisco, CA) for a week. With 20 people, he organised the books according to mind-bogging colour, instead of the normal, sensible way, topically.

“to change the entire space into something that you would see in a dream”< The Adobe Bookshop's red book section The Adobe Bookshop’s red book section[/caption]

He and his team did this, just in a night. Imagine the surprise of the patrons! I hope they had plenty of computers directing poor book-buying folk to the right bookcase and row!

Would you also imagine the time taken to describe book colour in their computer system? What about book jackets?

This of course, comes as a boot-up-the-bum for me to get a project done on my way-overdue to-do-list… reorganise our books by colour. (I have plans to one day paint the bookcase -left by previous owners- white gloss and the walls some other colour too, but that’s for another day.)

Before I descended on my books:

My books before colour treatment

My books before colour treatment

After:

My books after being colour coded

My books after being colour coded

Quotes taken from an interview with Chris Cobbs.
Images taken from Conversational Reading

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