Trace Architecture’s Stunning Bookstore in a Tiny, Rural Chinese Town

Located on the outskirts of Xiadi, a tiny town in China’s Fujian Province, a stunning new Trace Architecture-designed bookstore occupies a once-abandoned residence. A model for sustainable structural reuse, the pre-existing building’s two foundational concrete walls act as bookshelves—and a stark contrast to natural wood accents and skylight. Outside, guests are greeted by a glass-walled cafe at ground level (with panoramic views of the surrounding …

DIY Furniture with a Few SNAPs

Make tables out of almost anything with these clamping steel legs, no drilling required

Spanish designers Maria Roca and Erika Biarnes of new company Be-elastic have come up with a creative way to help furniture keep up with our increasing mobile, space-conscious and environmentally-sensitive lives. Their first design, SNAP, is a steel loop leg that clamps on and off—making it possible to create a bench, table, shelf and more out of almost any flat surface. Requiring no tools or …

Baggu Knapsack

A paired down, lightweight backpack for day-tripping this summer season

In the many years since Baggu first introduced their eponymous reusable shopping bag, the Brooklynites have continued to iterate and introduce a range of like-minded, simplified bags fit for everything from carrying groceries and laundry to laptops and surfboards. The latest addition to the range comes in the form of an extremely lightweight Knapsack. The solid color bag features a large main compartment that secures …