Beautiful Books

Photograph by Mark Wilson of Old Royal Palace, Prague…

Louisa Boyd

orientaltiger: (by Louisa)

Irma Boom

The book featured in the video below, designed by Irma Boom on the textile designer, Sheila Hicks, has been deemed ‘the most beautiful book in the world’ by the Leipzig Book Fair

Irma Boom on ‘The Most Beautiful Book in the World’ from D&AD on Vimeo

Given on the eve of the Man Booker Awards to the winners of said prize, deluxe hand-bound editions made for the authors by six member of Designer Bookbinders…. Below, ‘On Chesil Beach’ by Ian McEwan, bound by Peter Jones…to see more, take a peek here

‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’, by Moshin Hammed, bound by Stephen Conway…

and ‘Animal’s People’ by Indra Sinha, bound by Lester Capon…

Mary Ellen Bartley

D’Espresso Cafe in NYC has a wall of ‘books’, which are hand painted tiles…

A spectrum of beautiful bookshelves at Adobe Books in San Francisco, created by Chris Cobb, eight volunteers, one night and 25,000 books…and listen to an NPR interview with Cobb here


…from Chotda‘s Flickr site…

A gorgeous column of children’s books by the wonderful children’s illustration blog TheApple&TheEgg. This idea appeals to me so much; I’ll hope for many rainy Sundays to create this at my house…

Old news, but still beautiful… Coralie Bickford-Smith‘s spines for her beautifully designed series of Penguin’s ‘Great Food’ series…to view the lovely front covers click here

…and her designs for the clothbound Penguin Classics

Van Gogh’s paintings of books are featured at the Metropolitan Museum‘s interesting site, Connections, with this week’s feature by their head librarian on books

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