The ground floor of the building features a nice assortment of used books--lots of literary fiction and space given to film, photography, art, design, etc--as well as a coffee shop and CD section. What makes the store special, though, are the details. In the nooks there are book sculptures and cool industrial touches; the light fixtures are bulbs hanging on bicycle rims, for example.
|Looking down at the main floor. It's a mix of industrial touches, book art, and books.|
|Flying books decorating a window, and quirky found objects scattered around.|
|Book sculpture leading into the Labyrinth. |
I think the artist is David Lovejoy.
And then there's the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore. All of the books upstairs sell for $1, and there isn't a whole lot of traditional organization beyond some general thematic groupings. The science fiction novels are hiding in an antique vault, for example. And there are book sculptures, and books shelved by color, and crazy crannies everywhere.
|Book tunnel? Hell yes.|
|The blue and green books on in the Labyrinth.|
|Color coding can be fun.|
Really, though, for those of us who dream of living in an actual Book Land, The Last Bookstore comes pretty close to making it a reality. You don't go to The Last Bookstore with a specific title in mind and only five minutes to dart in and out. You go there to explore, play Indiana Jones among the stacks, and delight in the written word. That's a glorious feeling.
|When you walk in and see the check-out desk, you know you're in for a treat.|