A library purely dedicated to design has been opened in Seoul. The library holds more than 11,000 books all carefully selected by an international team of curators and art critics.
A team including British critic and Golden Lion-winner Justin McGuirk,MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and New York architecture and design journalist Alexandra Lange was brought in to select the books, which cover topics including architecture, industrial design, graphics, photography and branding.
Of the 11,678 books selected for the library’s shelves, more than 7000 aren’t available anywhere else in South Korea and over 2600 are either out of print or very rare.
The library however is owned by Hyundai Card and can only be visited by cardholders and their guests not more than 8 times a month.
Alongside the book collection, the library contains a cafe and an exhibition space, while on the second floor is an area for reading and discussing ideas around a large steel table. The top floor contains a small attic-like space inspired by a reading room in an old Korean palace where princes could concentrate quietly on their studies.
The curatorial team also wrote commentaries on nearly 1000 of the selected books, which can be read through an iPad app available to library users.