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Astute Paperblanks users often write us or post pictures when they spot one of our journals in their favourite TV show or movie, and often we are as surprised as they to see Paperblanks up on the screen. Paperblanks latest big-screen adventure,...
Similar to William Morris' Arts and Crafts movement in England, the Art Nouveau movement of the late 1800’s and early 19th century attempted to eradicate the dividing line between art and everyday objects.  The leading artists of the time...
Did you know Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem The Raven was inspired by a real-life bird owned by Charles Dickens? Not only that but the bird, christened "Grip" by the late great author, has been preserved to this...
At the end of last year we concluded a long-running competition celebrating some of the world's most beautiful bookstores (Beautiful Bookstores: And the Winner Is...). During our research for that blog series we also uncovered many gorgeous libraries that,...
The awe-inspiring image above is not actually real. It's an award-winning digital rendering of the Stockholm Public Library that some have dubbed "the Wall of Knowledge." As described in CGSociety's story about the image's creation: ...we decided to create an...
Previously we talked about book-edge decoration and showed off some beautiful examples, but we only just touched on the subject of fore-edge painting. Fore-edge painting involves "secret" or "hidden" artwork that is only visible when the books' pages are...
The "Art Nouveau" movement was heavily influenced by Alphonse Mucha, a Czech artist who rose to prominence in France in the 1890's; and there is probably no better summation of Mucha's ideology and the principles of the Art Nouveau...
A bookstore can be beautiful for more than just aesthetic reasons. While many contenders in our Beautiful Bookstores series feature marble floors or miraculous glass ceilings, they don't necessarily have the heart and history that a smaller shop may. One...
British artist Su Blackwell works predominantly within the realm of paper. Best known for constructing delicate sculptures from the pages of books, she uses the ephemeral qualities of paper to represent feelings of wonder and melancholy. Many of her...
On a recent Beautiful Bookstores post, a reader suggested that we profile Akateeminen Kirjakauppa ("The Academic Bookstore") in Stockmann, Helsinki as a contender. And what a great recommendation that was! This bookstore is filled with upwards of 450,000 books in...

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