double takes: Munna on the Run

Back in April I posted The Reader’s Alphabet poster by Hemant Anant Jain. Shortly after doing so I received a lovely e-mail from the artist and have enjoyed a correspondence with him since. He recently turned me on to his blog Munna on the Run where he showcases a lot of his recent work. Among my favorites are the What Are You Reading series done for the Midland Bookshop in Delhi, again book related so no surprise that I loved it.

Double Takes: Bottlecap Collecting

I know few people who can’t claim to collect something. Personally, I collect maps and watches. You could technically add books and vinyls to that list as well. Recently, Laura over at Quirkology posted on collections, asking readers what they have collected in the past, what they collect now, and what they hope to collect in the future. All these thoughts on the art of collecting was triggered by Bottlecaps, an impressive and extensive bottlecap collection documented on Flickr. If there is one thing to be learned from this photos, it’s dedication.

(Found via Quipsologies)

Double Takes: Musical and Magnetic Bookshelves

If you happen to be one of my frequent readers, you know that I post about bookshelves a lot. Maybe too much? These two were just too cool to pass up.

WebUrbanist recently compiled a list of 2o Unusually Brilliant Bookcase and Bookshelf Designs. Several of their featured items were also on the Freshomes 30 Most Creative Bookshelves list I posted back in March. I was thinking maybe I needed to start a whole bookshelves blog to channel my growing obssesion, then I found the appropriately titled Bookshelf and all was right in my world. It’s fascinating, check it out.

(Found via Freshome and Design Milk)

Double Takes: Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy: Dr. Seuss

I was unaware thatTheodor Geisel (Dr.Suess) worked outside the children’s book venue, then again I don’t know much about him besides his children’s books I grew up loving and learning to read on.

“Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks,

Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.”

These are definitely….different. But there is something about them I like. Probably the imagination that went into them.

(Found via The Curious Life)


Double Takes: Café Royal

Café Royal is an online shop which sells books and zines from various sources and was founded by Craig Atkinson and his wife Joanne Chan-Atkinson.

“What interests us the most is the DIY ethic that makes artists’ zines and books so interesting and valuable. Each one is like wandering into a curiosity shop of the artists’ mind.”

The majority of the items they offer focus on drawing and are definitely worth a peek, if not a purchase!

(Found via Swissmiss)

Double Takes: 110 Best Books

What are the makings of the perfect personal library? According to Telegraph, it’s the books on their 110 Best Books List. I like lists (especially ‘best of’ lists) and I like books, so clearly this is right up my ally. They categorize the books according to the following: classics, peotry, literary fiction, romantic fiction, children’s books, sci-fi, crime, books that changed the world, books that changed Your World, history, and lives. I would love to make my way through this list, top-to-bottom, or really any ‘best of’ literary list. Oh if I only have endless amounts of free time.

(Found via Gawker)


Double Takes: Book End Page Illustrations

Way back when, and sometimes still today, books would contain decorative papers between the front and back covers enticing readers or relating to the story. It’s an unknown and forgotten form of art that is the unique subject showcased on Drawger, a blog site for illustrators.

(image by Lou Brooks)