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Medieval Cat Paw Prints

“Has your cat ever walked across your keyboard? Well, it’s not a new problem. Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel recently Tweeted this photo of a 15th century book with… you guessed it… cat paw prints in ink on the pages! We’re part of a long and glorious historical movement, friends.”

Medieval Cat Paw Prints

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Vintage Children’s Book Illustrations from Poland

Here is some amazing Polish children’s books from the ’50s and ’60s.

Jan Marcin Szancer for Brzechwa Dzieciom, 1955

Jan Marcin Szancer for Brzechwa Dzieciom, 1955

Jan Marcin Szancer for Brzechwa Dzieciom, 1955

Jan Marcin Szancer for Hoffmann’s Dziadek do orzechów, 1951

H. Rembowska (illus.) and H. Bielińska (design), for Z przygód krasnala Hałabały, 1950

Bohdan Butenko for Tuwim’s Pan Maluśkiewicz i Wieloryb, 1956

Jan Marcin Szancer for Tygrys w pociągu, 1964

Zdzisław Witwicki for Z przygód krasnala Hałabały, 1960

Zbigniew Rychlicki for Nowi przyjaciele Misia Uszatka, 1963

Bohdan Wróblewski for Wesołe odwiedziny, 1964

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Library by Tadao Ando

Stunning library (also known as The Museum of Picture Books) by Tadao Ando in Iwaki City, Japan.

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Homes for Bibliophiles

I am in the middle of moving and decorating and these pictures are really inspiring! I looove the book-lined staircase from Levitate Architects. It is amazing!

This “vertical loft” was part of a historical restoration project in Rotterdam, designed by Dutch architectural firm, Shift. A three-story bookcase replaced one of the main structural walls in the home, stretching to every floor. The adjacent staircase provides easy access to the large collection. It’s a good thing we don’t live here, since we’d probably never leave the house.

Most apartment dwellers dream of having built-in bookcases to save space. This contemporary pad in Brazil designed by Triptyque Studio features an incredible, large-scale, wraparound bookcase as the apartment’s focal point. It can be accessed from all sides, with shelving top to bottom, and the interior hides other rooms.

Travis Price Architects created this “hovering” bookcase, built into a dome over a writing studio. The homeowner wanted a space that encompassed his interests (he’s an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, and photographer) and would provide an atmospheric experience for guests. The books are accessed by ladder. The architects dubbed this their version of the oracle’s temple at Delphi, but the homeowner calls it his “Navajo kiva of knowledge.”

Part of this Australian home was designed around its pitched bookcase, which follows the roofline.

The homes pictured here were both designed by Dutch firm EventArchitectuur. The company takes an artistic approach to their creative bookcases by inventing elaborate spaces that cover interior walls from room to room. Various shapes and sizes are intermingled for unique architectural interest.

This creators of this enormous, book-lined staircase from Levitate Architects had this to say about the stunning loft-library apartment design:

“Our proposal extended the flat into the unused loft space above, creating a new bedroom level and increasing the floor area of the flat by approximately one third. We created a ‘secret’ staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. Limited by space, we melded the idea of a staircase with our client’s desire for a library to form a ‘library staircase’ in which English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely lined with books. With a skylight above lighting the staircase, it becomes the perfect place to stop and browse a tome. The stair structure was designed as an upside down ‘sedan chair’ structure (with Rodrigues Associates, Structural Engineers, London) that carries the whole weight of the stair and books back to the main structural walls of the building. It dangles from the upper floor thereby avoiding any complicated neighbour issues with the floors below.”

The Shelf-Pod house designed by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio truly is a home made of bookcases. Every. Place. You. Turn. The homeowner has an extensive book collection (mainly Islamic history, a theme that also figures into the design) and needed an efficient, but stylish solution. Multiple lattice-style storage structures were precision-cut, then assembled on site. The slotted bookcases cover every architectural element, including stairs, windows, and walls.

The adorably named UnWaste Bookcase is a full-wall, rotating library by architect Ben Milbourne (Bild Architecture), eco-designer Leyla Acaroglu (Eco Innovators) and furniture designer David Waterworth (Against the Grain). It’s constructed from reclaimed plywood collected from construction sites. Walls of books that spin? Yes, please!

A glass-enclosed library courtyard.

The Ark is a 6,000-book tower that was created to explore how “small spaces can focus our energies and thoughts in moments of study, meditation, and self-reflection.” The stunning bookshelf “apartment” becomes a piece of meta-architecture. It was installed in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, but the three-story wonder would be a great addition to any home.

The designers at .27 Architects gave one apartment a complete revamp with custom furniture and under-floor storage space — including an unusual bookcase built right into the floor. The library fits flush with the wooden planks and could be covered up, but why would you want to?

What do you do when you’re an architect whose father owns 16,000 books? You build him a house-library and move in permanently.


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Antiquarian Book Sculpting

“Like a traditional sculptor carving away at a piece of stone, artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson eviscerates text and whitespace leaving only the images. In doing so he creates entirely new narratives using only the pre-existing illustrations, charts, graphs and other visual elements printed inside of each book. Of his work he says:

By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.”

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

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BEAUTIFUL EVIDENCE

Here is some brilliant artwork by Thomas Allen. He has made these from old science books, encyclopedias and primary readers that he has been collecting since graduate school. Love it!

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The Loveliest Girl in the World

“A bestseller book of the photography art project The Loveliest Girl In The World tells a touching growth story about becoming visible and accepting oneself. It is a story about the right of everyone to be unique and special. Every one of us is entitled to feel ourselves precious and beloved.

The book is based on the decade-lasting project undertaken by photographer and art and social educator Miina Savolainen and ten girls from a childern´s home. In the pictures the young have been able to see themselves as strong and whole. The maltreated child can be under the shelter of the immensity of the nature.”

EMPOWERING PHOTOGRAPHY

“Empowering photography, a therapeutically aligned pedagogic method that Miina Savolainen has developed personally, is based on concept of empowerment. With the help of the method, photography can be used as the creator of an empowering process for an individual and for different groups, as families and work communities. The method has been applied in the 21st century in education, care work and therapy, and in improving work communities in Finland.

The concept of empowerment applies well to the utilization of photography, since it gives an opinion on the same power issues, which first have to be deconstructed from the photography as well before any empowering can take place. Empowerment means the growth process of inner power, that raises from the subject himself. The vital premise is that you cannot empower another person. It is central to understand this in all care work. The precondition of equality means that the people using the method professionally always go trough first the photographic process by themselves, when being trained to apply the method in their own work community and customer work. In the method of empowering photography the truth of a photography is assigned to serve one’s identity work and communicating between people.


Four vital aspects are utilized in the method of empowering photography: album photos, interaction of a photo session, portrait and photographing the themes of everyday life. Photographing are used as means to mend interaction relations; to clarify scattered, emotional and abstract things and to reinforce resources.

A photo session that teaches dialogigy is utilized in family relationships as well as in work relationships by switching the roles of the photographer and the photo’s protagonist. Portraits are an intentional device in analyzing and building your different roles, feelings and features as well as accepting one self. Goal-directed photographing of themes of everyday life means both working with the present, resource-eating issues of life and reinforcing the issues that bring strength.

Meaningful but unnoticed aspects that construct an individual or community, can be made visible by photographing. A target in a work community can be reflecting your own work or the primary task as well as empowering the workers or amending the work atmosphere. The empowering projects made with a customer (student, patient) concentrate in supporting the needs of his life situation, family relationships or the self-image.

Empowerment is a process which comes about in social interaction. To function, the method does not require verbal process. The change it produces is often a feeling of intimacy and commitment that stems form the experience of being understood. It is an ability to listen another human being with deeper concentration and a growing experience of your own ability to show love and respect for the close ones.”

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The Road to Somewhere

“The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir is a first book of photographer James A. Reeves . The back of the cover says, “A photo memoir of one man’s journey through America that is as sprawling and chaotic as the country itself.” Contains 55,000 miles and 416 colorful pages with a map and an index.
The Road to Somewhere is a bold visual testament to taking it all in, the heartbreaking grit of lonely motels, the inescapable allure of Vegas neon glaze, and the tremendous power of storytelling. In a time when so many invest in virtual relationships, this book is a celebration of personal interactions with strangers and a love song to the physical exhaustion that comes after hours of driving, when the road gets blurry and the voices on the radio sound like raw static.”
Reeves also has a blog Big American Night. where you can find more beautiful photographs.
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EXHUMED BOOKS

Here’s some beautiful artwork from talented Rithika Merchant.

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