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New Hemingway wearables March 26, 2015 – Posted in: books in design, Content, product design, Video

  The newest offering from Litographs, the company that creates literary merchandise where every “design emerges from the text of a book,” is derived from a pair of Hemingway novels.  The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms are now available for your wearing pleasure.  That’s right, two classics from Papa’s canon, mashed up and made anew. Litographs works closely with artists “to create a new visual experience for classic and contemporary works alike. From a distance, the artwork…

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Another clue that Barnes & Noble is circling back to its print origins March 18, 2015 – Posted in: books in design, Bookselling / Collecting, Content, product design

Coming soon to a Barnes & Noble near you are these newly redesigned shopping bags featuring the first pages from classic novels. The goal of the new design is to promote the physical experience of visiting a store and handling printed books while sharing text and illustrations from select classics. “The bag serves as advertisement and reminder of the bookstore and thus is an essential part of the brand’s communications…However, this new shopping bag series does…

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An Early 19th Century Mobile Bookshelf March 6, 2015 – Posted in: books in design, product design

Check out this cool little piece of book furniture.  Hailing from the Regency era this little book carrier, ca. 1820,  offered a nifty way to carry some of your books around. Here’s the full description: An attractive Regency period two sided Book Carrier incorporating a single drawer with fine cedar linings, the upper section with delicately turned spindles, the ends with swan shaped motifs. I can just see some literate royal filling it up with a beautiful…

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Next up for coolest bookshop on the planet: Bucharest, Romania February 18, 2015 – Posted in: bookshops, Interior Design

The latest jaw-dropping bookshop to grace the planet is Cărtureşti Carusel (The Carousel of Light).  Opened by the Romanian bookshop chain Carturesti this concept store occupies a newly renovated 19th century architectural gem located in the heart of Bucharest. The 6 majestic floors will house books, music and DVD’s, a cafe, a multimedia event space and an art gallery. Cărtureşti Carusel facebook page New Magical Bookstore Opens Its Doors In Romania bored panda Previously on Book Patrol: Model Bookshop: The new Shonan…

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Book x Furniture = Bookniture February 11, 2015 – Posted in: books in design, Content, product design

The latest bookish gem emanating from Kickstarter is Bookniture, an extremely compact piece of furniture that masquerades as a book when stored.  The brainchild of Hong Kong based industrial designer Mike Mak, Bookniture combines the strength of an advanced honeycomb paper structure with the traditional craft of book-binding. Mak was looking for “something different from traditional folding chairs and tables” something that would “look natural and fit in the living environment, comfortable to sit on, invisible when stored” Here’s part of…

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