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Salocchi Bookshelf


As I’ve mentioned before, I have a passion for fine books. I rely on them not only to inspire my own work, but to convey design ideas and share my passion for elevated living with my clients. I’m constantly adding new books to my library and, out of necessity, bookcases have found their way into every room of my apartment!

I recently stopped by the fabulous Van Den Akker Antiques gallery to see their latest offerings and fell in love with this “Libreria Centro” – a super chic revolving bookcase in rosewood first designed in 1960 by Claudio Salocchi and produced by Sormani. Standing like a monumental minimalist sculpture, it’s no wonder this piece has been acquired by the likes of style icon, Karl Lagerfeld. A grouping of four, one in each corner, would turn any room into a truly spectacular library.

I’m sporting a Gucci white and black window pane plaid cotton, wool, and silk jacket, gray and black silk polka dot pocket square by Turnbull & Asser, lavender Tom Ford end on end cotton shirt with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps gray pearl cufflinks, white and black houndstooth pants in cotton and silk by Gucci, purple alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, black, white and silver leather loafers, and white tote with green leather trim both by Gucci.


  1. Dean says:

    Hi James, Love the bookcase ! Do you have the beautiful Scalamandre’ book ? They sometimes have it in the showroom. I hope you like the townhouse book I sent you, it is a good historical refererence. Did I tell you I had self-published a book called “Diamonds In The Sun” ? It is an amusing little novel, though fatally flawed, due to having no editor. Anyway, if you want one I can send one to you. All of my books are in boxes now from moving too many times ! Love the bag, GUCCISSIMO !

  2. Dean says:

    Hmm…Let’s see, after visiting the van den akker site, I see that four of these at $28,500 would be $114,000.00 + tax ! Not so bad considering the provenance. Thanks for the suggestion !

  3. Shani says:

    I love this bookcase, it is beautiful! It’s almost like an exquisite frame for a work of art, except in this case it would house many works of art! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Dean says:

    GREAT SHOT ! looks like a peach melba… Mimi and Brooke would be impressed ! Dean in Naples

  5. Paul Pincus says:

    the salocchi bookcase.


    one more thing to obsess about!

  6. Leo Kempster says:

    I love it, very Italian with a hint of English Gent..?

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