Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Favorite Things

I love BOOKS.

Not the kind you download onto your Kindle, but the kind that have pages. I love the way you can crease the corners of those pages to save your spot. Have you ever ventured into an antique book store? There's a certain smell to all of that aged paper that fills the air. Most of my books are completely marked up with thoughts and favorite quotes, underlines and pencil marks. The spine is always the first thing to go, especially when you've read that book a thousand times. There's something about turning the page of a book to discover what happens next that is very satisfying. Each day is like turning a page in our own book of life.

Well...I was in a bookstore the other day (another one of my favorite things, worthy of it's own post), and I discovered the most lovely cloth-bound series of classics. They looked almost antique in a Victorian style, each with it's own unique design and motif representing central themes of each story (A peacock feather, for example, on Dorian Grey plays
on the book's themes of vanity and the superficial).

With a little bit of research I discovered that these incredible book covers were designed by Penguin Book's senior cover designer,
Coralie Bickford-Smith. Over the years she has created several series designs. She studied typography at Reading University and has recently been sharing her experience with students at London College of Communication encouraging a sense of play in the process of design.

"I want these books to be cherished like the literature inside. If something is well considered, it will entice. People want to explore it, feel it."

Feast your eyes:

Not only can I already picture these beautiful books on my shelf, but they are all literature's most beloved classics and would serve a lazy afternoon well. They are books to be cherished...collected...and passed on for generations to come. Thank you Coralie for you brilliance and inspiration to boot.

Penguin Hardcover Classics designed by Colarlie Bickford-Smith (Penguin Classics). You can find them online at Barnes and Noble. Other sites include modcloth and Penguin Classics.

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