Pénéla was a monthly women’s lifestyle magazine published in France throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The magazine was presented in a library format and was dedicated to fashion, style, beauty, home and garden decor, cooking and the arts. Alongside the many wonderful photos found inside a typical issue, Pénéla featured artist illustrations to accompany famous poems, quotes and short stories.
Now that’s what I call a library! The below photographs are selected from issue N°10 of Pénéla which devoted a good chunk of its pages that month to library decor (les bibliothéques), featuring design options for bookworms with big rooms and a bit of money to splash about. A feature like that nowadays might well be called “library-chic”. Oh for that cylinder-shaped library unit in pic N°2! Oh well, will have to make do with my Ikea Billys and random mismatched shelving options for now.
And lastly… three print adverts:
As always, thanks for looking!