phone booth

Pay phone booth repurposed as a tiny library — a “take a book, leave a book” little free library. 

I LOVE THIS — a creative reuse and community win!

This micro-library sits in Houston, Texas, outside local coffee house Black Hole — with a laundromat next door — near the University of St. Thomas and Houston’s Museum District.

(photo by me, Houston-based Unconsumptioneer, mollyblock

Earlier Unconsumption posts on creative new uses for pay phones and phone booths can be found here, and library-related items here


Beginning with the city of Lyon’s 2007 Festival of Lights, French artist Benedetto Bufalino and lighting and designer Benoit Deseille have been collaborating on playful installations for which phone booths, an increasingly uncommon sight in the urban landscape, are beautifully repurposed as Phone Booth Aquariums complete with live fish swimming within.

The duo’s next Phone Booth Aquarium will be installed at the upcoming Lumiere Festival in Durham, UK from November 14th to November 17th, 2013.

Visit designboom to view more images and a video of Benoit and Benedetto’s awesome Phone Booth Aquariums.

(This actually isn’t the first time we’ve seen phone booths transformed into aquariums. Click here to see the first.)

It’s not Dr. Who’s TARDIS, but we hope you’ll find this 1940s-era Lancaster County, PA phone booth a close approximation on the 50th anniversary of everyone’s favorite time lord!

"Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Public phone booths like this one are common in Conservative Amish and Mennonite communities, since telephones are not allowed in homes. 03/17/1941"

Irving Rusinow, photographer