Thursday, April 18, 2019

Arts & Culture

What’s happening in the wider world of art and culture.

The debate over the most beautiful bookstore continues, as a new contender has been long-listed. The latest entry, Livraria Lello & Irmão located in Porto, Portugal, features a façade decorated in the Art Nouveau style with Neo-Gothic elements. The façade...
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 polarizing historical figure, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) is both feared and revered. For the 250th anniversary of his birth, we are honouring this French statesman and military leader with a new Special Edition journal. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=736uJ1cAly0&w=560&h=315] Available only in select European...
Tomorrow is Mary Shelley’s birthday, and we’ve decided to fête the famous author by getting a head start on Hallowe’en and defending the top five misunderstood monsters in literature. Mary Shelley, the daughter of feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, wrote...
Every Paperblanks® book is inspired by world art and culture, by traditional craft and practice, and by visionaries, rebels and artists across the ages. Paperblanks Stories is a blog series about the origins behind some of our designs. Part of...
The printed word and exquisite illustrations combine to make the Gutenberg Bible the greatest celebrity in the history of book arts. Forty-nine copies of the two-volume Latin Bible are extant. In the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz invented...
Nobel Prize–winning literary modernist T.S. Eliot would have celebrated his 125th birthday today, and though he has long since passed his legacy remains very much alive to this day. Even if you profess not to love poetry, there is...
Contrary to the popular saying "never judge a book by its cover" a lot of people will pick their next read based on the design on the front.  The popular great American novel The Great Gatsby has had more...
One of our favourite cover series is our Embellished Manuscripts Collection. We love working with libraries and private collectors to find the original handwritten drafts behind some of the world's best-loved stories. But sometimes the mystery behind a manuscript just...
Previously we talked about the recent rise of typewriter-nostalgic revivalists. As we reported at the time, the typewriter has a bit of strange allure for this group, which is populated by many “first time users” who “grew up on...

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