Inspired by the idea of a private library you might find in the home of a grand family, the soaring space is filled floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with rows of with antique, jewel-toned, leather bound books and layers of objects, sculptures and textured elements—curated in a way a family might collect and add to their collections across generations. To make the space feel “touched” and real, each of the 25,000 books were sourced one-by-one and intentionally paired with other books similar in feeling, with the older, more fragile books placed on the higher shelves. The books were sourced from auctions, library sales, rare and used bookstores with the majority of volumes from the private collection of David And Peggy Rockefeller. During the design process, we built-out an mockup of the space in a New Jersey warehouse where we organized, reorganized and styled the space shelf by shelf over the course of four months. The older, more fragile books were places on the higher shelves.