Many people make New Year's resolutions to read more during the new year. This would be good because the average number of books read by people in a year is "One". My problem is the opposite. I've been advised to make a resolution to spend less on books this year.
I'm not nostalgic about the printed word. I think an e-reader makes more sense, is easier to carry, saves money, and is more environmentally sustainable. If you read about a book a week it soon becomes difficult to find a place to store them.
That's why a new hotel in Berlin caught my eye. Tom Michelberger’s new hotel is based on his declaration that “perfection does not create memories, because memories only result from movement, from a lively experience of interaction – with people, the surroundings and the atmosphere.”
Michelberger's Berlin hotel is a unique space that reflects the creativity of the city, and is infused with a rough artistic spirit rarely seen in lodging design. Tons of vintage books are used as wallpaper, decoration and lamps, and a raw but welcoming feel pervades the guest rooms and common areas. For many, the massive display of books will seem disorderly and chaotic.
It reminds me of a recent visit to an equally satisfying environment, Thomas Edison's library with three stories of books wall to wall and floor to ceiling with a small bed to take a nap between readings. My idea of heavan.
Click on the photos to see larger versions. Click on the heading above to see The Michelberger Hotel's equally funky website.