Category Archives: LITERATURE

Bookbinding

Lovely little film about the intricate and meticulous work that goes into hand binding a book.

Constantin Brancusi by Assouline

We would love to get our hands on the beautiful book from Assouline about sculptor Constantin Brancusi. His work embodies a wonderful, simple elegance and an inherent, poetic geometry. Buy the book (focusing on his relationship with New York) here.

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The Goldfinch

Looking forward to dive into this very long-awaited book by Donna Tartt. Really loved her first novel The Secret History. She has only published three novels altogether in her career, which is quite intriguing. The book-cover features a peek of a chained goldfinch, the main object of an old Dutch oil painting entitled the same, done by the artist Carel Fabritius in 1654.

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Nathalie Du Pasquier

We really like Nathalie Du Pasquier’s oil paintings. The way she mixes ordinary objects with self-built constructions give them a poetic and slightly odd beauty. Nathalie was born in France in 1957 and is one of the founding members of the Italian design & architecture group Memphis. She has worked with textiles, carpets, furniture and objects but now mainly concentrates on painting.

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Gemstones

Interesting read from the magazine Current Obsession. The chapter “From gemstones to jewelry”  from theorist & philosopher Roland Barthes’ book The Language of Fashion. Read it here.

“…the mythology of woman has changed: in the novel, in films, woman is less and less the femme fatale, no longer the destroyer of men; she can no longer be essentialized, stopped from existing or made into a precious and dangerous object; she has rejoined the human race. And also gemstones, the great mythical gemstones, are barely worn nowadays; they are of historical value, only, sterilized, embalmed and kept away from female body, condemned to sit safe. In short, fashion – need I say more? – no longer speaks of the gemstone but only of jewellery.”

amber-ibarreche-06The book Language of Fashion by Roland Barthes was first published in France, 2004, by Editions du Seuill. The article From Gemstones to Jewellery was first published in Jardin des Arts, 77 (April), 1961; Oeuvres complétes vol. 1, 911-14. Illustrations and collages by AMBER IBARRECHE

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Book by artist Bruce Naumann (1970)

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Book covers

We like the covers on these two James Joyce books designed by Peter Mendelsund.

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Yummy Mummy by Charlotte Torpegaard

We designed beauty-expert & Elle column writer Charlotte Torpegaard‘s new book called “Yummy Mummy”. A cornucopia of tips, knowledge, stories and suggestions for keeping your skin & body perky, healthy and pretty both through and after your pregnancy! Also relevant for any woman – with or without child – who wants to look after appearance in a sensible and non-chemical way!  We had photographer Olivia Frølich shoot the cover and illustrator Sine Jensen draw all the little product drawings.

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To see images from Charlotte’s press-release at cute cafe Serenity go to, beautyeditor at Cover, Liv Winther’s blog Thethingswedo here.

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The Green Florilegium

We would like this book in our collection.

“This elegant book features exquisite reproductions of a rare 17th-century album of floral illustrations. Very little is known about The Green Florilegium. Neither signed nor dated, it is generally attributed to the German painter Hans Simon Holtzbecker and originates from the library at Gottorp Castle in Schleswig, on the border of Germany and Denmark. The album now resides at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Recently the book was painstakingly restored, allowing the delicate illustrations to come to new life in their original colors. This beautiful volume reproduces the original work of 178 botanical illustrations in its entirety.” (via Rizzoli)

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