Nomadic tiny bookshop on wheels is wandering through France

La Maison Qui Chemine
© La Maison Qui Chemine

Electronic books have captured a big part of the market in recent years. Yet, despite the popularity of e-books and e-readers, people still love their real-paper books.

Combining both the love of books and the charm of tiny houses is this hand-built tiny library on wheels in France. Called La librairie itinérante ("the travelling bookstore"), it's been constructed by Romain Saunier and Pauline Fagué of La Maison Qui Chemine, a young couple who wanted to meld their skills in carpentry and interior design to create functional yet beautiful tiny homes. Their latest realization for a bookseller named Jean-Jacques is a mobile place that brings books to villages that are too small to have their own libraries or bookshops.

La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine

Though Jean-Jacques' plan is to wander from town to town or around the festival circuit -- basically anywhere good books are needed -- La librairie itinérante is currently located in the eastern French town of Mulhouse, where it's now selling used books at an affordable price. It's also a gathering place for the local community, where free readings are being held in the evenings (attendees just have to bring their own slippers).

La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine
La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine
La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine

This tiny library on wheels also doubles as Jean-Jacque's home, so there's a small kitchen nook, a sleeping loft above and a bathroom with a composting toilet and a sliding door to close it off. At Jean-Jacques request, no plumbing was installed in the house.

La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine
La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine
La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine
La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine

For the business side of things, there's a lovely little office space with a hand-crafted table, sporting tree branch legs.

La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine
La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine

The only big design constraint here was the house having to accommodate an extra 700-pound load of around 3,000 books. To make sure they don't tumble out during transport, the design incorporates heavy red and beige curtains at the top of each shelf, which are secured with leather straps at each shelf, effectively wrapping the bookshelves up during moves. When they are not needed, they are rolled up.

La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine
La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine
La Maison Qui Chemine© La Maison Qui Chemine

It took Saunier and Fagué eight months to complete the project, first beginning somewhere in the Vosges forest beside the place where they were renting their equipment. However, the location wasn't the best place to get a construction project off the ground, since it lacked a enclosed space to build. They have since relocated to the small village of Dordogne, in the southwestern part of France, where they now have a workshop to produce more tiny houses. To see more of their work, visit La Maison Qui Chemine and on Facebook.

[Via: Tiny House Swoon]

Tags: Books | France | Less Is More | Living With Less | Small Spaces

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