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Amazing and Creative Book Cover Art and Design

30 Giu

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it can be unavoidable. The cover of a book can often make a strong first impression that is hard to ignore. Those who have had a lifelong love affair with books know the thrill of running their fingertips down a spine cloaked in rich mahogany leather. However, there are some books so cleverly designed that they captivate even the casual bookstore browser.

Travel and History

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A good book often has the ability to pull us into a different place and time. This unique Thames Tunnel book was used to promote the tunnel when it opened in 1843. It now calls Bristol reference library home. The holes in the cover of John Harrison and His Chronometer were meant to show off the artwork inside, but in the right lighting, cause the images to glow seductively. Other books can literally help you find your way with a map that doubles as a cover.

A Celebration of Art

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Artistic book covers tend to intrigue us and make us want to know more. Not only are they interesting to look at, we also are drawn in to the deeper meaning of the art. These book covers speak to us through mysterious subtleties.

DIY Crafty Covers

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People who love arts and crafts often create their own stunning cover designs. A cute book cover can be knitted or crocheted, painted, distressed or weathered. Some books aren’t for reading at all, but contain pressed botanical treasures.

The Bold and Bizarre

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Artists often use humor and oddities in book cover designs to attract interest and capture an audience. The shock value is striking and may cause readers to have a look, but these books must deliver on the promises their covers imply to keep readers engaged.

Sensational Books That Pop and Prickle

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Who didn’t love pop-up books as a kid? Books that pop when you open the cover offer a surprise that others don’t. Some books don’t save the 3-D thrill for the inside and outwardly present it for everyone to see. These books are interesting to look at and touch, but may not offer much literary value. Those of us who love to curl up with a good read might enjoy the superficial sensory experiences these books offer, but will have to keep looking for substance.

15 Cool Urban Art Projects and Dreamy Product Designs

30 Giu

Chilean artist and designerSebastian Errazuriz never fails to amaze viewers with his offbeat and sometimes bizarre designs and art installations. Hisurban art has been seen all over Santiago, while his innovativeproduct designs have long been a favorite of design blogs. His projects have won numerous awards, and Errazuriz himself has received a Fulbright grant, a Chilean Presidential scholarship, a New York University scholarship and a Deigo Portales University scholarship.

The Crane Santiago Chile

The Crane

“The Crane” was a large-scale art project erected in Santiago. The twenty-story crane was decorated with 1200 light bulbs as a kind of massive night light, in the tradition of espanta cucos (children’s lamps that frighten away monsters).

The Tree Santiago Chile

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“The Tree” was a rather beautiful public art project in the middle of Chile’s National Stadium. A 30-foot high living magnolia tree was planted on the spot where, some 30 years ago, dictator Pinochet tortured political prisoners. A week-long exhibit saw the stadium opened as a public park; at the end of the week, a friendly soccer game was played in front of 15,000 spectators with the tree still in the middle of the field.

The Cow Santiago Chile

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Errazuriz’ “The Cow” was a public spectacle that caused many people to leave their places of work just to see it. A cow was saved from the slaughterhouse, then given a home on a recreated farm on top of a ten-story building. The building was within view of the city’s financial and political headquarters.

Out

But Errazuriz’ talents don’t lie only in urban guerrilla art. He is also a designer who has made some of the most fascinating designs in fashion, furniture, household items and zany novelty items. Above are two pieces from his “Out” series: a birdcage made from a shopping trolley and a fishtank made from a water cooler. In everything that Errazuriz does, he challenges people to see everyday objects from a different angle. These two sculptures are excellent examples of how items that we see everyday can take on an entirely new life under the right circumstances.

Zipper Dress

This dress made entirely of zippers is a fascinating project from Sebastian Errazuriz. The 120 zippers that make up the dress are able to be opened and closed in many configurations, allowing the wearer to customize the dress in seemingly endless styles. It can go from respectable knee-length halter dress to daring two-piece tube-top-and-miniskirt effortlessly. If only all fashion was this adaptable.

Teddy Bear Coat

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Until now, if you wanted to wear a faux fur coat you were stuck with a coat that looked like real fur or was made of ugly plastic fibers. But the teddy bear coat dreamed up by Sebastian Errazuriz would ensure that you are kept warm, stylish and exceptionally cuddly. (Don’t worry, though – the bears in the coat all died of natural causes.)

Duck Lamp

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The household items dreamed up by Errazuriz probably wouldn’t have any place in a home filled with children, but for those of us with a slightly offbeat sense of humor they are perfect. These are just a few of the creative designs that won Errazuriz the honor of being named as a top emerging designer by I.D. Magazine.

Bicycle Seat Bench

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These innovative seating options probably mean that the designer’s house is a very interesting place to have afternoon tea. The bicycle seat bench, the stool with suction cup feet, and the chairs with injured legs all seem like seats straight out of an Alice in Wonderland-like world.

Strange Bookshelves

30 Giu

Creative and Unusual Bookshelves

The most creative modern shelves and unusual bookshelf designs that will allow you to display your book collection in style.

Pulseline Shelf

Inspired by a line that illustrates human heartbeat, this shelf is made from 3mm metal sheet. The edge is painted with fluorescent green. [link]

Pulseline Shelf

Distorted Bookshelf

Extremely unusual plywood bookshelf design by dbd Studio. [link]

Distorted Bookshelf

Flybrary Bookshelf

Books hang on metal strips, creating the levitation effect. [link]

Flybrary Bookshelf

Infinity Shelf System

Cool never ending shelf system designed by Samuel Accoceberry. [link]

Infinity Shelf System

FlexiTube Shelving

Modular shelving by Doris Kisskalt. Inside each tube is a shelf for storage which serves as a visual horizontal line. [link]

FlexiTube Shelving

LIEUL Bookshelf

Contemporary bookshelf by the industrial designer Ahn DaeKyung. [link]

LIEUL Bookshelf

Branch Shelf

Hand painted tree branch inspired shelf made from solid wood. [link]

Branch Shelf

Wind Shelf

“Shelf in the Wind” designed by Olivia Bradateanu. [link]

Wind Shelf

Storyline Bookshelf

Sound finds a physical identity in this beautifully crafted bookshelf. [link]

Storyline Bookshelf

Coffee Table Bookshelf

Unique coffee table comes with cool compartments for your books. [link]

Coffee Table Bookshelf

Comic Bookshelf

Creative bookshelf inspired by speech bubbles from comic books. [link]

Comic Bookshelf

Tree Bookshelf

Beautiful tree inspired bookshelf by Korea designer Shawn Soh. [link]

Tree Bookshelf

United States Bookshelf

Bookshelf by Ron Arad shaped like the United States of America. [link]

United States Bookshelf

Unusual and Creative Staircase Designs

30 Giu

The Amazing Staircase

Levitate Architects came up with this ingenious solution to a book storage problem and created a loft-like bedroom nestled under the roof of the top-floor apartment. [link]

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Skateboard Stairs

Creative stairs made from skateboard decks. [link]

Skateboard Stairs

Hanging Box Stairs

Creative inside-out hanging box stairs. [link]

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Disappearing Stairs                                                                                                     With a press of a button–and some hydraulic pistons–this staircase folds up and disappears into the wall. [link]

Disappearing Stairs

Stairway Drawers

What a great way to utilize a generally overlooked space! Step and store in style, using each step as storage for a different item. [link]

Stairway Drawers

Freaky Human Head Candle by Maxim Velčovský

11 Giu

Little Joseph Candles

Tell me which is more freaky: the baby-head porcelain candle holder (check out the faint cheek blushes even!), or the fact that when you plop a fat candle on it and burn it, the wax drip runs down the head and becomes the … “hair”?

Little Joseph is a hand-painted, porcelain candle holder. We can’t decide if he’s sinister or sweet. Part of that will certainly depend on what you decide to do with his hair. Use dripless candles if you’d like to keep him bald, otherwise, give him pure white locks, beeswax locks, or hair in several shades of the rainbow.

Nonetheless, damn cool!