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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

The hot list: Everything you need to create a reading nook

We present to you our essential elements for a cosy reading corner

The Book Seat is available from Dubai-based concept store Polette.
The Book Seat is available from Dubai-based concept store Polette.

Hands-free

Give your favourite tome a perch of its own. Whether your preference is an old-school book, iPad or e-reader, the Book Seat will hold it in place, with the aid of an in-built plastic page holder. The device is made from a specially treated synthetic fabric, which doesn’t absorb odours, is easy to clean and ventilated to aid cooling. Best of all, your hands will be free to nurse a hot cup of coffee.

Book Seat, Dh420, Pôlette Concept Store, CityWalk, Dubai

Sitting pretty

The Book Sofa by Prospettiva

Make your intentions clear with this sofa from Prospettiva, which spells out the word "book” and will make it obvious what your cosy little corner is intended for. Made in Italy, the sofa is available in more than 20 colour combinations, including a jaunty purple and a lime green.

Book Sofa, price on request, www.prospettivadesign.com

Shelf life

A bookshelf from the Dubai-based furniture store Chattels & More.
A bookshelf from the Dubai-based furniture store Chattels & More.

Turn your favourite reads into a design feature by lining them up on this asymmetrical shelf from Chattels & More. It will introduce a slightly off-kilter edge to your reading corner, and prevent things from looking overly stuffy.

Bookshelf, Dh9,499, Chattels& More, Umm Hurair Road, Dubai

Play on words

Coldplay's 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' Album As Books Print by the UK-based brand Limelace.
Coldplay's 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' Album As Books Print by the UK-based brand Limelace.

This poster is as cool as can be. It shows how Coldplay’s popular album A Rush Of Blood to the Head would have looked if Chris Martin and his band were novelists rather than musicians. Each book in this print corresponds to a track on the album, arranged in the same order as on the original CD release, and includes titles such as Politik, In My Place, The Scientist, Clocks, Daylight and Green Eyes. If Coldplay aren’t your thing, you can get Radiohead, Iggy Pop or David Bowie versions instead.

Album as Books Print, Dh104, www.limelace.co.uk

Upstanding pieces

The Venus Bookends by MiaFleur.
The Venus Bookends by MiaFleur.

Add a touch of classical drama to your book corner with these Venus Bookends by MiaFleur. Depicting the Greek goddess of love, they have a wonderful sculptural quality, and that soft shade of pink is just right for a relaxing reading nook.

Venus Bookends, Dh445, www.miafleur.com