New York

Printed Matter Renovation

Printed Matter Renovation
New York, NY

Printed Matter
Azikiwe Mohammed

Printed Matter is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding, and appreciation of artists’ books, and was founded in 1976 by artist Sol Lewitt and Lucy Lippard, among other important artists and art-workers. After the organization’s home in Chelsea suffered damage due to Superstorm Sandy, they decided to move to a new space in Chelsea. The 3,900-square-foot, two-level space, designed on a pro-bono, doubles their previous space, and provides more room for the display of books and reading areas, and for hosting events and exhibitions.

The project features a new black metal staircase with a built-in book display that leads to a newly-created wrap-around second floor, which overlooks a double-height area that can also be used as a flexible gallery and event space. Bookcases on the upper floor are stacked one in front of the other to maximize overstock storage.