BLOOKS = Objects made in the emulation of books August 7, 2014 – Posted in: books in design, Content, product design – Tags:

blook 1Book as cigarette lighter

 The word “Blook” first surfaced as a word in 2001 when Jeff Jarvis coined it to represent a printed book derived from a blog. In 2006 the word was short-listed  for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary and was a runner-up for Word of the Year.

Now, thanks to Mindell Dubansky, it has a new meaning: objects made in the emulation of books, either by hand or commercial manufacture.

Dubansky, who is head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  is waving the BLOOK flag on a new blog devoted to these bookish gems.

All over the world, for hundreds of years, people have been making, collecting and presenting book-objects that reflect their devotion and respect for books and for each other. There are countless examples; they include bars, cameras, radios, banks, toys, memorials, food tins, desk accessories, book safes, musical instruments, magic tricks, furniture and jewelry.

Here are a few samples:

blook Ayscough's Universal MicrosopeAyscough’s Universal Microsope


blook chef enette“Chef An-ette,”

blook billboardBillboard. Norwalk, Ohio

blook cadillac soapBook soap

blook book cameraBook Camera

blook pincushionBook Pin Cushion

blook stone bookStone Book

Amazing stuff. For those who need more Blook’s in their life I have started a Pinterest board to chronicle these delightful objects.

Dubansky’s blog – About Blooks

NY Times piece – Collecting Books That Are Just Covers



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