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Books designed not to be read

Books designed not to be read

Books designed not to be read

Books designed not to be read. The World’s Smallest Book. There are unconventional and impressive books in the world which absolutely change our ideas of what a book may look like. Most of the works are not designed to be read at all, or, if read, only accomplished with a substantial level of difficulty.

Haiku Journeys, 2004, LED, Laser-etched acrylic sheet, wood and raffia

Haiku Journeys, 2004, LED, Laser-etched acrylic sheet, wood and raffia

When open, the eight pages fan out into a half-circle, the cover latching together to hold the shape. The haiku are all from the classic era of Japanese haiku and all eight deal with travel or journeying in one form or another. $900

Ikea has released a cookbook titled Hembakat ar Bast (Homemade is Best)

IKEA has released a cookbook titled Hembakat ar Bast (Homemade is Best), source blog.craftzine.com

IKEA has released a cookbook in Sweden titled Hembakat ar Bast, which translates to “Homemade is Best.” For each recipe, there are two images: one of the ingredients and one of the finished item. I like how they’ve laid out the ingredients – each one an autonomous entity before blending with the others to form a delicious concoction. The styling reminds me of Brittny Badger’s disassembled appliances.

Devil’s Bible

Devil’s Bible. source toysperiod.com

The Codex Gigas or Devil’s Bible (named for the illustration of the Devil inside), is actually the largest extant medieval manuscript. No doubt man is capable of producing larger books if the urge struck in a meaningful way. The book is in a wooden folder covered with leather and metal. It is 92 cm tall and 50 cm wide and 22 cm thick. It weighs 75 kg or 165 pounds.

The Codex Gigas or Devil’s Bible

The Codex Gigas or Devil’s Bible

The Codex contains the entire Bible as well as historical documents. The book was actually larger at one time, initially containing 320 calfskin sheets of parchment. Today the Codex contains only 310 sheets. The missing pages probably contained the rules of the Benedictine Order, the parties who created this masterpiece in the first place during the early years of the 13th century.

Pillow book

Pillow book

The MUJI taste-leaf book

The MUJI taste-leaf book

The MUJI taste-leaf boo, is a food spice solution, with each perforated page embedded with a spice. Pages are removed from the book and added to the dish as required, where in moisture and heat, the page structure will dissolve, leaving just the fragrant spices to add color and flavor to the food.

The MUJI taste-leaf book, is a food spice solution

The MUJI taste-leaf book, is a food spice solution

MUJI is answer to the needs of the cooking enthusiasts who travel or low on kitchen storage space. This wonderful book actually contains sheets that are embedded with spices

Wikipedia Book

Wikipedia Book

A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side

The books structure is a tunnel book, 200 cm long when fully opened

The books structure is a tunnel book, 200 cm long when fully opened, source – mariagpisano.com

Tunnel Vision is based on the story of Holland Tunnel, alongside a child’s imaginary view of the tunnel. The books structure is a tunnel book, 200 cm long when fully opened. The inside of the book depicts the imaginary vision of a colorful underwater world, where vintage and modern cars travel through its space accompanied by colorful fish in coral reefs. The outside of the book represents the reality: close to 6 million tiles were used for the tunnel, reflected in the pattern used to create the outer walls of the book. It is here that some of the more significant historical facts of the tunnel and my story are written.

This book glows in the dark – it is charged with over 3000 good ideas

This book glows in the dark – it is charged with over 3000 good ideas

During difficult times, only good ideas can light up the path out of the crisis. This book glows in the dark – it is charged with over 3000 good ideas!

The book that glows in the dark

The book that glows in the dark

ABC3D, 3D pop-up book featuring the alphabet, by Marion Bataille

ABC3D, 3D pop-up book featuring the alphabet, by Marion Bataille, source amazon.co.uk/Abc3D-Marion-Bataille

Pretty explanatory, ABC3D is an awesome 3D pop-up book featuring the alphabet, by Marion Bataille

Book of Lights, origami pop-up lamp hidden in the pages of an oversized coffee-table book – plug it in an it will actually light up

Book of Lights

This “Book of Lights” is an origami pop-up lamp hidden in the pages of an oversized coffee-table book – plug it in an it will actually light up!

Steampunk books

Steampunk books

Pierre Mendell's book

Pierre Mendell’s book

Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book tree of codes, pushes book design to new levels in an age of digital publishing

Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book tree of codes, pushes book design to new levels in an age of digital publishing

Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book tree of codes, pushes book design to new levels in an age of digital publishing

Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book tree of codes, pushes book design to new levels in an age of digital publishing

after baking the pages are filled with recipes

after baking the pages are filled with recipes

empty pages before baking

empty pages before baking. source www.dezeen.com

Croatian creative agency Bruketa & Zinia have designed an annual report for food company Podravka that has to be baked in an oven before it can be read. This project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for 12 euros.

Book Sculpture by American artist Donald Lipski

Book Sculpture by American artist Donald Lipski

Sculptures by Robert The

Sculptures by Robert The

Sculptures by Robert The

Book sculpture by Robert The

Sculptures by Robert The. Books (many culled from dumpsters and thrift store bins) are lovingly vandalized back to life so they can assert themselves against the culture which turned them into debris.

Hand-made book by Frances Pickering

Hand-made book by Frances Pickering

Karlsson Book Clock

Karlsson Book Clock

Book by Martin Frost

Book by Martin Frost

A fore-edge painting is a scene painted on the edges of the pages of a book. There are two basic forms, including paintings on edges. Book by Martin Frost

Wooden books

Wooden books

Books designed not to be read

Books designed not to be read