9 Colorful Pieces Inspired By This Chicago Library’s Punchy Exterior


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Libraries have long been a communal gathering place and beacons of optimism, and the colorful façade of the Chicago Public Library’s Independence branch is both literally and figuratively brightening the neighborhood. In a brilliant move of urban planning, atop the two-story, 16,000-square-foot library proudly sits four floors of affordable and senior housing apartments. A challenge in and of itself, John Ronan Architects succeeded in ensuring that the mixed-use building accommodates—and inspires—residents and visitors alike. Here, we use the building’s exterior as the basis for this roundup of colorful home accents and accessories.

Exotica Rug in Mandarin Peel / From $165 / shorerugs.com.

A Bookstand in Red / $95 / assouline.com.

Single Tour Apple Watch Band in Bambou / $339 / hermes.com.

Turmi Pillow in Azure by Bolé Road Textiles / $205 / dwr.com.

School Simple Stool in Yellow / Price upon request / radfurniture.com.

Mini Press Bag / $342 / luniform.com.

Larivey Stripe in Slate / Price upon request / fschumacher.com.

Tolomeo Micro Bi Color Desk Lamp in Coral by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina / $340 / store.moma.org.


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Wilkes Modular Sofa / hermanmiller.com