Double Takes: Book Table Clock


A clock after my own heart. The Present Time Book Table Clock in Color Paper, besides having a ridiculously long product name, is a fabulous idea for anyone with a love of books or a home library. The design is impressively simple and the colors are fun. What else could a bibliophile in need of the time ask for?

(Found via Freshome)

Double Takes: World of Words Globe: Ron Miriello

Ron Miriello loves globes. Recently, he’s taken to making his own instead of shelling out money on expensive collector globes.

“I’ve always been into globes, particularly old ones and odd ones. I’m not completely sure why. Probably because of their flawless shape, their utility and because of what they stand for. I like the idea of traveling to those unpronounceable places you saw as a kid, and still can’t pronounce as a grown-up.”

One piece in his series of globes is titled World of Words. Combining two of my favorite things, globes and books, his creation is visually and conceptually awesome.

(Photo by Ken West)

Double Takes: Lovely Rita Bookshelf: Ron Arad

Our local library had a huge book sale this weekend, so naturally I spent a large chunk of my Saturday skimming the titles up for grabs. I walked away with about 15 books, ranging from the American Sign Language dictionary to a T.S. Elliot anthology. With that being said, I would really like the Lovely Rita bookshelf by Ron Arad to store my new editions on.

(Found via Holycool.net)

Double Takes: Pelican Bedside Table: Marc Venot

I generally like having small piles of books in various areas of my house, but the Pelican Bedside TablE by Marc Venot is really awesome. The lid rotates closed to hide books within the table. I think what I like best about it is the unsuspecting storage possibilities. Really, you could stash any number of items in the table.

(Found via Freshome)

Double Takes: Handsome Books

We had absolutely lovely weather this weekend in Mid-Missouri. To make the most of it a friend and I decided to head downtown for lunch and a trip to the used book shop. Somehow I scored a 1st edition of Capote’s In Cold Blood for quite cheap. Success!! It’s no secret I love books, whether hardcover classics, 1st editions, or NYT bestsellers, a good read is a good read. I recently stumbled upon Handsome Books, and well, I feel in love and had to restrain myself from draining my bank account. The website archives, sells, and “specializes in books with decorative publishers’ bindings, designed and illustrated by some of the leading artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.” Just take a peek and you’ll be sold, literally. I’ve just found my slice of heaven on earth.

(Found via Vondy)

Double Takes

We had absolutely lovely weather this weekend in Mid-Missouri. To make the most of it a friend and I decided to head downtown for lunch and a trip to the used book shop. Somehow I scored a 1st edition of Capote’s In Cold Blood for quite cheap. Success!! It’s no secret I love books, whether hardcover classics, 1st editions, or NYT bestsellers, a good read is a good read. I recently stumbled upon Handsome Books, and well, I feel in love and had to restrain myself from draining my bank account. The website archives, sells, and “specializes in books with decorative publishers’ bindings, designed and illustrated by some of the leading artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.” Just take a peek and you’ll be sold, literally. I’ve just found my slice of heaven on earth.

(Found via Vondy)

Double Takes: Alphabet Books: Stephen T. Johnson

After seeing my post on Eric Tabuchi’s Alphabet Truck, Stephen T. Johnson turned me on to his line of children’s books with a similar theme. Alphabet City (A Caldecott Honor and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year) and A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet are just two of his books that creatively combine his art with the written word. Johnson’s “body of work forges connections between words, objects and ideas” and spans several mediums from “painting, collage, drawing, sculpture and installations.” I love anything that connects visual art with written art and Johnson’s work definitley does.

Double Takes: REK Bookshelf

In my opinion, there is nothing sadder than an empty bookcase (ok, I can think of a few things sadder). I’ve nearly filled all my current shelf space and taken to stacking books about the house in various piles in random locations until I have enough to fill at least half a new bookcase. The REK by Reinier de Jong is the perfect solution to such a predicament. “Book shelves rarely adapt to your collection of books and periodicals but here is one that does.” The shelf is adjustable and provides compartments for all book sizes to insure that it always appears full. When you get more books, you just expend it. One word, Brilliant!

(Found via Furniture Fashion)