Belgian graphic design studio beshart brought together 100 artists from 28 countries for the 100 Book Covers to Fight Illiteracy project. The goal of the project? Redesigning covers for the 100 greatest novels of all time to raise awareness of illiteracy. You can buy your own, and for each poster sold 5 euro will be donated directly to the fight against illiteracy. When a good cause meets great design you really can’t go wrong.
Confession time. I’ve flipped through more than my share of shelter books, but never taken the time to read them. The Things That Matter changed all of that. Because wow, I couldn’t put this book down. Instead of simply showing his readers pretty pictures (of which there are plenty included), Berkus takes us not only inside the homes of clients and friends but inside their stories. Into the personal meaning behind the objects they surround themselves with, into the stories of how they were acquired, and into why they’ll never let them go.
The book is set up according to person instead of by chapter. It was pure serendipity that Barbara Hill’s converted dance hall home in Marfa, Texas was among them, as I’d just discovered and fell in love with it in a magazine about a week ago. Favorite living room ever. And over her kitchen sink there’s a sign proclaiming ‘Make Tacos Not War’. For real!
Berkus also opens up about his own home and life, parts of which honestly made me teary. He has such a way of relating to people and sharing their stories that I can’t help but think maybe this is the medium he was meant for. It’s definitely my favorite interiors book, and has earned a permanent place on my coffee table and given me loads of ideas about the things that really matter to me.
Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book at no charge. The opinions are my own.
If you were born any time before 1985, chances are you have memories of having your photo snapped by a Polaroid camera. And then the even more exciting event of watching it slowly develop from the murky depths. I can personally state that 95% of the pictures taken of me before the age of 7 are Polaroids. It was such a huge part of our culture. The original instant-view photos, long before digital photography and Instagram.
Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos takes us back through the company’s creation and rapid rise to fame, from the small beginnings of Edwin Land’s garage startup to a multi-billion dollar company. I loved reading about artists falling in love with Polaroid, and my heart broke a little taking in the bankruptcy all over again. If you have the love for Polaroid that I do, or know someone else who might, this is a bookshelf necessity.
01/ Why Tea Is So Very Magical.
02/ World’s Best Father!
03/ NYC’s Hamburger Alley all mapped out.
04/ Love these Bad Girls Throughout History postcards.
05/ Bath Boat!
06/ Wonderful Life with the Elements, an illustrated book about chemistry.
07/ This glass sculpture looks like cotton candy.
08/ Geometric painted walls.
09/ Tree Ring Lights.
10/ What do you measure? Measuring the Universe.
I think we can all agree that Jessica Hische is a pretty big badass in the hand-drawn type world. If you’ve been following her Daily Drop Cap blog (since 2009) you’ll be just as excited as I am to know that Hische has partnered with Penguin’s art director, Paul Buckley, in the eventual release of a series of 26 hardcover classics. Each book will feature a drop cap unique to the series, the first six of which will go on sale November 27th. I love the gradient that’s apparent in these first releases and I hope it continues on throughout the series. And yes, I’ll need every last one so it’s a good thing they’re available for pre-order right here.
I’ve been in love with Webster’s Pictorial Dictionary by John M. Carrera since its debut. Come on, illustrations and knowledge all in one? So my thing. Well, now there’s a smaller version, Pictorial Webster’s Pocket Dictionary. The artistry and quality are beautifully executed in both versions and the tiny one has found its home on my fireplace mantel.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.
01/ Hoping my next house is constructed out of concrete LEGO bricks!
02/ I want to buy my eggs in this packaging.
03/ Your dream is a reality, print postcards that smell like FOOD.
04/ The photography alone makes me want to get my hands on this magazine.
05/ Rose-colored glasses!
06/ Daring enough to try a Hairchitecture ’do?
08/ Wonder if this Woven Desk would make me more productive?
09/ Weird + beautiful ceramic teeth mug.
10/ 100 phone booths, 100 artists
I can’t believe Jaysworld is the first to think of curating vintage books into eye-catching colorways that are primed and ready to just place on your bookshelf. 1-2-3 decorating. (via Besotted Brand Blog)
One of my very favorite parts of being a blogger is getting to befriend incredible people I’d otherwise never have the chance to know, and Emily Schuman of the wildly popular lifestyle blog Cupcakes and Cashmere is no exception. She just released her first book – Cupcakes and Cashmere: How to Create your Own Signature Style, Entertain with Ease and Spruce up your Space – that’s based on her blog, and I knew it was just going to be full of great tips. Wednesday night I settled into bed thinking I’d peruse the photos and dive in later… only to read the entire thing cover to cover. It’s no wonder since it has the same easy style as Emily’ blog posts. My favorite takeaway is an important one, that you don’t have to have a bazillion dollars to lead a stylish life. It’s all about high and low end items and knowing when to scrimp and when to splurge!
01/ A whiteboard and marker has never looked so good.
02/ Matchbook-sized stories.
03/ Inspiring conceptual work from Anouk Kruithof.
04/ Anatomy of a paper bird.
05/ The Chap Olympiad! A battle of gentlemanly prowess.
06/ Liking these DIY paper clay barnacles a lot.
07/ New York is paved with random food.
08/ 50,000 gummy bears = 1 full-length gown. If you were curious.
09/ Looking at ribbon scraps a little different now.
10/ Outdoor wallpaper exists.