In time for New York Design Week (11-23 May 2018), Bard Graduate Center has created a cozy nook (ideal for escaping design week-fueled hysteria), presenting one-of-a-kind books, from artists working in the ever‐expanding field of art publishing.

The Reading Room, designed by architecture studio Giancarlo Valle (which counts Linda Farrow, Phillip Lim and Jason Wu as clients), uses Japanese Shoji-like screens to create an oasis of calm – an ideal spot for turning over a new leaf. Books slot into the latticed framework, suspended, ready to be plucked and perused.

The book collection is a tale of two halves, split into two distinct sections curated by Some Other Books (a NY‐based publisher of artists’ books and multiples founded by Kristen Mueller in 2018) and Wendy’s Subway (a non‐profit library, writing space, and publisher located in Bushwick, Brooklyn). The Artists/Textiles section contains publications by artists working with textiles, whether in art or fashion. The Artists/Books section focusses on artists whose work takes the form of the book or zine.

It’s a project inspired by Bard’s two spring exhibitions, ‘Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles’ and ‘The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity’. The latter celebrates the very earliest forms of book-making, wooden tablets called ‘Codex’, and the high craftsmanship associated with them, reflected in the quality of the wooden structure that folds itself around the nook. Happy browsing.