Threaded loom-inspired bookcase by Raw Edges

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 22 May 2013

Looks like we just can’t get enough of Milan Design Week. London design duo Raw Edges was commissioned by the British Council to display fiction titles by Brit novelists handpicked by lit magazine Granta, and they came up with an elegant bare-bones wooden bookcase to display the works. Called Bloom, the bookshelf takes its design […]

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Tree Library

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By David Lowe in New Trends on Tuesday 30 April 2013

This is something you don’t see everyday. Walking down the street, you suddenly realize you didn’t bring your book to read. No problem. Pick one up at the tree library. I wonder how smart the squirrels are in that tree?!

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How Apocalypse Now inspired surfing in the Philippines

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 April 2013

Just how influential is Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now? Well, here’s something quite unexpected: it has even inspired Filipinos to pick up surfing. It was at Baler, a fishing town in northern Philippines, where the surfing scene was shot, and the locals who watched the actors surf were intrigued. “When the filming finished, some of […]

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Scifi blockbusters as 60s pulp novels

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 17 April 2013

How did we ever miss this? Utah-based concept designer Timothy Anderson did a pretty cool series of 60s-styled pulp novels for sci-fi movies such as The Matrix, Alien and Blade Runner. The tagline for Blade Runner is gold: ‘IT’S TOO BAD SHE WON’T LIVE. BUT THEN AGAIN, WHO DOES?

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The Mailbooks for Good project turns books into underprivileged-bound parcels

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By Michelle Wilding in New Trends on Thursday 4 April 2013

Random House, The Footpath Library, and BMF have joined forces to re-gift the gift of reading to homeless and disadvantaged Australians. The Mailbooks for Good project is simple: buy a book, read it, and post it to a charity for free. Each book features a cleverly designed dust jacket which transforms into a pre-paid, pre-addressed […]

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Pop-up words from books

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 3 April 2013

We love paper, we love books, we love folding stuff and Vermont-based Etsy seller Luciana Frigerio, who folds pages in paper books so they open to reveal words or symbols, makes simply splendid stuff. We have a soft spot for the book universe: that’s the one with the infinity loop carved on it.

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Awful Library Books

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 3 April 2013

Public librarians in Michigan, Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner, have been holding the book fort for over a decade and know a thing or two about awful library books. So much so that they’ve set up a site of actual library holdings — from their travels, snooping in library catalogs and hearing from library staff […]

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Bookshelf Porn

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Websites on Thursday 7 March 2013

Bookshelf Porn is the perfect inspiration blog for any bibliophile. The site features a unique and diverse collection of bookshelves, libraries, and bookstores from all over the world. Even if you aren’t particularly interested in books, this blog will give you the urge to read.

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BookMooch: a book lovers social media dream

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Thursday 7 March 2013

BookMooch is a website for avid readers who like giving away old books in exchange for ones they want to read. If somebody has a book on your wish list, they send it to you. If someone wants a book from your inventory, you send it to them. Membership is free, and has reached around […]

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These odd book titles are, well, odd

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 4 March 2013

The shortlist for The Diagram Prize – which awards the oddest book title of the year by popular vote — is out and there are six nominees on it. So, what is more odd: the fact that a competition to find the oddest title actually exists, or that these book titles are really quite odd? […]

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Book chair made from yoga mats

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 4 March 2013

Sometimes we just want to flip a table and go take a hike, far, far away from work. Furniture designer Chen Liu — who flipped a bunch of cut up yoga mats to make both a book and a chair — may actually convince us to sit still and zen out our need to flee. […]

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Find out if your dog is really a genius

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Products on Friday 1 March 2013

Rachel Federman’s latest book answers the age-old question: ‘Is your dog a genius?’ Now you can finally find out whether your dog is extraordinary or just an average-Joe mutt. We know you’ve been dying to find out. Woof woof.

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Drawn ideas: Paintings on books by Russell Cobb

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By Nini Baseema in New Illustration on Wednesday 27 February 2013

Not sure whether to read a book or inspect some art for inspiration? Russell Cobb, a celebrated illustrator based in the UK, offers a creative compromise: experimenting with canvases, he has come up with a colorful and striking ‘book painting series which is just lovely.

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Passengers: a revealing photo series by John Schabel

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Thursday 21 February 2013

Photographer John Schabel’s latest book is a collection of photographs taken between 1994 and 1996 entitled Passengers. Shot with a 35 mm Nikon film camera and a telephoto lens, taking these same photographs today would most likely land you in jail. Since airport security has increased after 9/11, attempting to photograph planes at an airport […]

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Iron Curtain: a new social history by Anne Applebaum

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Products on Friday 25 January 2013

If you’d like to read archetypical nightmare design stories, one needs only type in the URL “Clientsfromhell.net” and you’ll find a tonne. If you want to find some unique nightmare design and art stories, though, I’d advise reading Anne Applebaum’s new social history of Stalinist Eastern Europe. In it are tales of dreadful state-artist collaborations, […]

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