Recently, my dad forwarded me an article from the New York Times about the newly opened D’Espresso Coffee Bar near Bryant Park’s New York Public Library. The designer Anurag Nema took the idea of the traditional library and turned it on end, creating custom printed ceramic floor tiles with a bookshelf image and putting the floor and ceiling on what are actually the walls.

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It reminds me of 2008’s Viktor & Rolf store in Milan which does the same thing plus another 90 degrees and turns the entire interior upside down.

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Should we be on the lookout for more up-ended interiors in the near future?