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Follow the Rainbow: The Children’s Section at Saraiva Bookstore in São Paulo April 4, 2014 – Posted in: books in design, bookshops, Interior Design

Wow! Loving this interior designed by architect and furniture designer Arthur Casas for the Saraiva Bookstore in São Paulo, Brazil . While the rest of the bookstore stays pretty linear he has created a stunning children’s section. Wrapped in a rainbow-colored carpet with Gaudi-style shelves for display I’d be hard-pressed to get my kids to ever want to leave.     Images via Fubiz h/t Neatorama

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Project Gutenberg with a Twist March 12, 2014 – Posted in: product design

When we think of Project Gutenberg we thing of a vast library of free e-books at our fingertips. Well,  drink think again. Check out this prototype they’re playing with at the French booze conglomerate Pernod-Richard. Developed by The Breakthrough Innovation Group (BIG), Project Gutenberg consist of a well designed fleet of 6 recyclable containers, each filled with a different spirit, and a mobile app that leads and guides you to the perfect cocktail. From the press release:…

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Space saving bookshelf holds your dining room table January 24, 2014 – Posted in: books in design, product design

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/43568516[/vimeo] Welcome to ‘As If From Nowhere’ a project by Irish designer Orla Reynolds that originated from Reynold’s “imagining the home as a theatre stage.” Through her research focused on small living spaces, she found “the walls seemed to be the most wasted space” so Reynold’s “decided to work within the dimensions of a bookcase” with the movement from bookcase to dining mimicking a scene change. Story in The Irish Post h/t Shelf Awareness

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Sandy Hook propels Melbourne man to invent a bullet-proof bookcase January 10, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, books in design

[youtube]http://youtu.be/pCY0kd9KMIg[/youtube] Craig Harwood  and his 11 year-old daughter were watching the events at Sandy Hook elementary school play out on television when she turned to him and said, “‘Dad, can’t you invent something to stop this from happening?’” That was all Harwood, who was a  a special operations and anti-terrorism police officer, needed to get to work. While the US gun lobby called for teachers to be armed, Mr Harwood thought about how to protect people from gunmen…

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Book Light. A Shining Example from Grathio Labs December 7, 2013 – Posted in: Books and Technology, books in design

Here’s some DIY magic from Grathio Labs. Now you too can learn how to turn a old book into  a bedside lamp. “It turns off when its closed and gives off a variable amount of light depending on how far you open it, up to about a 40W light equivalent. It gives a nice warm, soft light and it looks right at home on my bedside table.” says Steve Hoefer, the man behind Garthio Labs. The…

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