I've been looking lately at how different designers deal with storage space. How to hide it or how to use it creativly. Books are something that can always create a focal point in a room. The mutiple colors and the learned nature of the things are very attractive. I love storage that is built into the side of staircase. I've seen entertainment centers as well as bookcases, but a staricase is a really interesting space to use for a built in.
The chair isn't quite practical, but it is a brilliant use of space and a clever conversation piece.