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Faux Books

2011 June 27
by Jill

As the proliferation of iPads, Kindles, and mobile phone reading apps continues to surge, is the physical book becoming more of a design statement than a vehicle for reading? Fashion designers such as Kate Spade have taken this notion and run with it, and now it appears the idea of books as decoration is taking to the domestic sphere as well.

Italian artist Emanuela Ligabue has created a series she calls “Fake Books.” It’s just what it sounds like. Each wooden book is hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind, and meant to decorate your home.

I don’t see how these are more attractive than the real deal, however. Books are often attractive objects, from their covers to their size, and the ways in which they look sitting together on bookshelves. You can get creative in how to display and organize them. Best of all, they’re relatively cheap, and contain WORDS. Wonderful words that you can read!

I’m going to stick to my real books for a good long time, though I appreciate the thinking behind this. What do you think?

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  1. June 27, 2011

    Hehe, cute idea, but…nope, I’d pass on these. My actual books are heavy enough to move to a new apartment. Can’t imagine if they were solid wood.

  2. Dawn permalink
    June 27, 2011

    Weird. What would I do with all my real books?

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