This project must begin with an explanation of what long form and short form are to the designer Thomas Mills – simply: long form is things that take more than a few seconds to access, that being books and films, etc, and short form is internet, magazines, text messages. This project encapsulates the longer, more involved library of items surrounding the person accessing it. This circle stands 246cm tall, made entirely from hand-cut plywood.
As you sit within the cradle, it rocks gently back and forth. Don’t get going too fast or you’ll roll all the way away. This library can hold its own weight in books (and I’d wager even more, by the looks of it), the cushioned seat a nod to the futuristic furniture found in Stanley Kubrick films, especially 2001. Reading lamps are placed for reading in the most obvious manner, while lights placed around the circumference act as a clock, timers changing the brightness of them to its highest at the equinox of the day, dimmed to nothing at midnight. Strange!
Mills would also like to let you know that the structure is for sale for £6000, but he will not ship it. Instead, if you live abroad and would like to have your own, he’d love for you to fly him out and make one for you (for a similar cost, I’m sure.) Buy one up!
Designer: Thomas Mills