A futuristic mobile library will debut this weekend at Lower Manhattan’s New Amsterdam Market.
The Uni, as it’s been dubbed by creators, is comprised of 144 detachable cubbies that can be arranged in various configurations to act as the shelves of an eye-catching portable reading room.
“Everybody uses folding tables and chairs for outdoor events and we were just hoping to improve on that,” co-creator Leslie Davol, 42, said of the design, which features hundreds of cone-shaped covers for book-filled cubbyholes that can be removed and turned into benches and tables. They also protect the books from inclement weather.
She and her husband Sam Davol, 41 — a cellist for “The Magnetic Fields” and former New York City Legal Aid attorney — spearheaded the project through Street Lab, their Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to creating programs for public spaces.
The Uni will offer free-to-read books — curated to complement the setting — for children and adults.