Massive reading nest for humans on Ohio streets

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Saturday 29 June 2013

New York-based artist Mark Reigelman recently constructed a temporary roost, The Reading Nest, out of 10,000 reclaimed palette boards and staged it as a site-specific installation on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio. The open-top structure is built for humans, so it comes with an open door as well. You can even climb along the stacked […]

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Long Bin Chen’s book-based sculptures

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By Milan Topalovic in New Art on Friday 21 June 2013

Reading between the lines, artist Long Bin Chen has found new meaning in these old books, constructing intricate sculptures from classic texts. A heads up for students at College of Charleston: if you’re going to bring in your signed copy of Lord of the Rings for some light reading, guard it with your life or it’ll be carved into a pair of lips before you can say You Shall Not Pass.

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The Little Free Library in New York

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By Cheyenne Tulsa in New Trends on Friday 21 June 2013

Presented by Sterotank, and in collaboration with the Architectural League of New York and The Pen World Voices Festival, The Little Free Library is a temporary installation that allows passerbyers to read books as often as they please. The weatherproof library stands freely in the street while surrounding tables and chairs are avaliable for you to sit down and, well, read.

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Love & Misadventure: a collection of poetry and short prose by Lang Leav

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By Lang Leav in New Products on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Writing has always been my greatest love. It was my passion for storytelling that led to other creative pursuits; from creating an award winning fashion label, to exhibiting my artworks around the world. However, in all my creative adventures, I never forgot my love of words. It was this burning desire that drove me to […]

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Electronically luminescent sculptures by Airan Kang

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By Angela Sofo in New Art on Thursday 6 June 2013

This is a really illuminated approach to art, a brilliantly novel idea created by South Korean artist, Airan Kang. Bright Books are ‘electronically luminescent sculptures cast from transparent synthetic resin’ and were made for her Luminous Words series. To realize this work, Kang traveled around the world to visit and photograph numerous bookstores and libraries in order to then recreate each environment in digitized versions. 

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Raising Leia: The parenting woes of Darth Vader

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Remember Jeffrey Brown’s splendid picture storybook Darth Vader and Son? He’s back with a fresh follow-up for a children’s book, Vader’s Little Princess, which imagines the dad tackling even more parenting woes as he raises his rebellious teen daughter Leia. He even gets to employ the classic disgruntled dad phrase “You are not going out […]

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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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