I found these pretty covers on The Book Cover Archive. Isn’t it a nice set? They were designed by Gabrielle Wilson and published by the Poetry Society of America.
Morell's A Book of Books, and On Reading by André Kertész
For those of you that liked the Abelardo Morell shots from yesterday, I forgot to mention that you can get some for your coffee table via his A Book of Books, a collection of his book-related photographs. Drooling over Morell's images yesterday only made me hungry for more book photography. And look what I found: This gem is On Reading, a compilation of André Kertész' photographs. I found it at the SFMOMA store (which never disappoints me). From the MOMA website: "André Kertész was one of the most inventive, influential, and prolific photographers in the medium's history. Taken between 1920 and 1970, ...
Check out these stunning photographs by photographer and sculptor Cara Barer. Gorgeous. Click here to see lots more on Cara's website. "Butterfly #2" "Indigo" "Wave and Fog" "La Bruja" "Secret" "Moth" "Shitake"
Nicholas Jones, Book Sculptor
After stumbling upon some fantastic creations of Melbourne-based book Nicholas Jones (via an interview at the design files), I've been poring over the photographs of Nicholas' folded and cut works on his website. Check these out, and find more here: "Greek Art" "Current Affairs Bulletin 1" "Treble" "Conch" "Stigmata" "Bookworm Ensconced"
Brian Dettmer — Altered Books
These intricately carved books are the work of artist Brian Dettmer. Dettmer is no newbie to the art world, but his works are brand new to me and as soon as I stumbled upon them (through Kinz + Tillou Fine Art) I wanted to share them here. Some bibliophiles seem to cringe at the thought of destroying books, but I've always loved books and I think Dettmer's art is fascinating and beautiful. From Dettmar's bio on the Kinz + Tillou Fine Art website: "Brian Dettmer sifts through stacks of antiquated books, boxes of dusty cassette tapes, and piles of obsolete maps to ...
Library Card Catalogs
For a little while now I've been looking for an old library card catalog. My quest has largely been disappointing in its results (probably because I don't want to spend too much on it), but the other day I got a bit of inspiration to keep looking, via this design*sponge spotlight on Matthew Fairbanks. Fairbanks is a Brooklyn-based furniture artist who created this lovely card catalog writing desk. I went hunting for some other nice card catalog shots and found lots of good ones, rekindling my hope that there's a card catolog out there for me somewhere... Good ol' closeup in this ...
Penguin Classics Designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith
I'm a big fan of Coralie Bickford-Smith's cover designs (earlier this year I pointed out some of her great designs). Today I'm extra excited to show off these cloth-bound classics that Coralie designed for for Penguin. I heard about them this morning via design*sponge, where you can also find an interview with Coralie. The series just became available in the US. Wouldn't they make great gifts?
I wish I had a typewriter... Olivetti Valentine Typewriter (1969) at My Typewriter Olivetti Manual Typewriter at Fred Flare (saw it first at Geek Sugar) 1950's Royal Typewriter at Three Potato Four Remington Noiseless Portable in Duotone Green (1931) at My Typewriter Olivetti Ico at Typewriter.be Corona No. 4 in Blue at My Typewriter Remington Rand at My Typewriter Corona Streamline (1930s) at My Typewriter
A Little Bookish Inspiration
Oy...I stayed up late last night reading Ballet's Magic Kingdom and today is turning into one of those days you just have to slog through tired. When I need some inspiration I like to go hunting on pretty design blogs or on Flickr. Today I came up with some great images of book sculptures on Flickr...just the thing I needed to motivate me back to work. I especially like the first and last ones. Book Vomit, from w00kie on Flickr from MissTurner on Flickr (the book used is Twilight) Pietro Magni’s marble statue The Reading Girl , at the National Gallery of Art in ...
Love this library photograph of the Vasconcelos "mega-library" in Mexico City. Taken by Eneas, found on Flickr.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” Thus begins Seth Graham-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! Back in early 2009, I posted about the book (for the old posts, click here and here). Despite being sold on Amazon, I thought it was a joke. It was not. Over the summer I’ve seen it on the shelves of major bookstores, with a poor young lady zombie wearing a decomposing grin and blood-splattered gown. It gets worse (or better?) — now the Regency zombies are getting ready for their silver screen debut, and Natalie Portman will be starring and producing. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised..after all, anything related to Jane Austen sells. A lot of Jane Austen fans will want to read/see these works…how about you?
Making our bookshelves prettier one cloth-bound book at a time, Coralie Bickford-Smith is known for her beautiful cover designs. The Penguin Books cover designer has turned out yet another stunning set of book covers, illustrating F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works in eye-catching patterns and metallics. I can’t wait to get them! For some other examples of Coralie’s work, check out the posts here and here. Or go straight to her website. You can also shop her other titles here. Happy hunting!
I love Georgia Russell‘s art. The Scottish artist cuts up printed works (books, newspapers, maps, music scores, photos, etc.) to create simply amazing pieces. The last time I posted about her work was about a year and a half ago (click here for that post), so I figure it’s high time for an update–check out the beauties below. I find the the new landscape/nature-based pieces particularly striking. If you fall in love with one, check the England & Co. website to see if it’s available for sale.
I’m a big fan of books that have hidden compartments (like these and these), so I was excited to find the above set of book bookends online yesterday at Amazon. The bookends not only look like books, but also have drawers to hide stuff. Love it. I also hear from my mom that Barnes & Noble is carrying bookends that look like books. I went online to find them but apparently they are only carried in some of the brick-and-mortar locations.
I love the idea of book-themed wallpaper. I’ve seen a few great examples before of bookshelf wallpaper before (see here and here), but this new Stacked Paperback Wallpaper by Tracey Kendall at Anthropologie.com might be my favorite. The hand-screen printed paper is only available on anthropologie.com and unfortunately can’t be shipped internationally.