"Everything we have in the Reading Room we got for free. Once you make it known to people that you are looking for books, bookshelves, carpets, computers and other stuff and will give it public meaning, you’ll be surprised at what people have, and are willing to give away for free. Nils Roemen, a Dutch social entrepreneur, invented a word for it - social abundance – which he defines as “those things which can be missed at one place where they are of no use, but which can be of value in other places (…) This is not so much about money, but about material stuff, ideas and access to all kinds of support”.
Working with what you can get your hands on can lead to a space with feels like a mess. But add professional craftsmanship to the equation, and you can turn it into a welcoming, warm and ambitious space. Through the help of a befriended interior designer we were able to do the latter."
MAURICE SPECHT AND JOKE CAN DER ZWAARD