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September 24, 2003

Library Hotel

I had no idea the Dewey Decimal System is trademarked though given it is a dynamic, frequently up-dated publication it seems obvious it should be in retrospect. ***Dave writes on a reported lawsuit for trademark infringement against the Library Hotel in New York City. The Library Hotel "concept" page suggests the Flea should stay on the third floor with a suspicion the ethereal redheads are to be found on the eighth.

Most library users know the general structure of Melvil Dewey's decimal classification. First published in 1876, the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) divides knowledge into ten main classes, with further subdivisions. More than 200,000 libraries in 135 countries use the DDC to organize their book collections. Its simple and logical framework is based on the principle of decimal fractions as class marks, which are expandable to make further subdivisions.

The Library Hotel in New York City is the first hotel ever to offer its guest over 6,000 volumes organized throughout the hotel by the DDC. Each of the 10 guestrooms floors honors one of the 10 categories of the DDC and each of the 60 rooms is uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category or floor it belongs to.

I have no idea what to make of the merits of the lawsuit. And the interior design theme did not make sense to me until I read this review. Truly, the hotel choice of the Flea.

Most hotel rooms in New York City are very small. This hotel's guestrooms are no exception, but instead of using light minimalist furnishings and the birch-veneered cubes and shelving so popular in boutique-hotel-makeovers, the hotelier went in the exact opposite direction. Dark wood - and lots of it - great lighting options, and quality furniture scaled to the room sizes make these spaces both elegant and appealing. (The twelve-foot ceiling height and large framed mirrors help to make the rooms feel more spacious than they are as well.) The individualization comes from the room's Dewey Decimal theme: The artwork and reading selections are chosen according to the topic number.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 24, 2003 06:54 AM