Five Elements Library


Chicago based large-scale, custom carved library resource for rare and authentic one-of-a-kind art, antiques and artifacts

A one-of-a-kind literary resource

   Five Elements Library and Bookstore at Primitive
  Library main entrance

Categories in the vast selection of literary works also include interior design aesthetics, contemporary fine art, architecture, fashion and photography in addition to ethnographic collections. Find detailed literature of specific cultural objects and artifacts including bronzes, ceramics, terra cotta, baskets, erotica, jewelry, prints, textiles and much more.

The Five Elements Library at PRIMITIVE is an extensive literary resource on much of the art, antiques and peoples found within the stores 35,000 sq. foot showroom. Discover information on art and objects from all over the world. All of the books in the library are available for purchase.

Seated Figure of Reading Monkey at Five Elements Library   
Seated Figure of Reading Monkey

Time ceases and borders fade inside the custom designed room of the Five Elements Library. From the stone floors of an ancient Chinese village to the hand-carved walls with flowing earth, water, fire, wind and metal motifs, the room is imbued with a unique ambiance. Pick out a book, sit back on select furniture and immerse yourself in lands far away. Alternatively, whisk the book away and add it to your own private collection – many are available for purchase.

The Five Elements Library is located on the first floor of our Jefferson Street Showroom. The Library is open during regular store hours, 10am – 6pm Monday through Saturday.

Library and Bookstore at Primitive An array of objects and artifacts on display at
PRIMITIVEs 1st floor Library and Bookstore (All objects are avaliable for purchase)

Five Elements Library at PRIMITIVE Five Elements Library Five Elements Library at PRIMITIVE
Five Elements Library and Bookstore at PRIMITIVE
Blog Posts
  1. Appreciating Buddhist Art: Part Four – Ritual Tools and Symbols Glen Joffe 18-Aug-2017
  2. Tutsi Basketry – World Class Weaving Glen Joffe 11-Aug-2017
  3. Creating Sacred Space – Building a Meditation Room Glen Joffe 04-Aug-2017
  4. Nature’s Handiwork – Introduction to Gongshi Glen Joffe 28-Jul-2017
Stories & Descriptions

Discover more information about the culture and history behind many of these beautiful select objects, artifacts, antiques and furnishings–click here

“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER