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New York Designer Creates the Most Polished Phone Booth Library Yet

Is the pay phone an anachronism or an opportunity? Designer John Locke can upgrade one into a book nook in five minutes flat.

When's the last time you used a pay phone? We're guessing it's been a while. Those fixtures of urban living are fast becoming relics and John Locke, architectural designer and "spontaneous interventionist," can upgrade any old drab phone booth into a pocket library in five minutes flat. "Is the pay phone an anochronism, or an opportunity?" asks Locke.

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Image of the Day: Aquarium Phonebooth

Lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino transformed this phone booth into an aquarium, as part of Lyon's Festival of Light.

Lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino transformed this phone booth in Lyon, France, into an aquarium, as part of the city's annual Festival of Light. In an accompanying statement, the artists explain the inspiration behind the piece:

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