Booklicious: Get Covered: Book Wallpaper

March 23, 2010


Part of me thinks the idea of book wallpaper and prints is quirky and kind of fun, the other part of me is screaming "They charge what for a PICTURE of books?!" And yeah, it's pretty bonkers when you think about it. Check out Anthropologie's book wallpaper, for example. It's a hand-screenprinted wallpaper featuring two tall stacks of books; nice enough. The kicker, though? If you look closely, you can see that it's one small pile of books copied and pasted to create taller stacks. Are there really people out there who'd pay $198 for a picture of duplicated books? Seems nutty. Here's another example that's probably even costlier, seeing as prices are missing.

And here's an artist who sells prints of other people's bookshelves. I understand the concept: 

"For a while, I've been documenting people's bookshelves as a form of portraiture; you can actually learn a lot about folks by their books' covers. Now, I'm working on a series of "ideal" bookshelves: sets of favorites — mine or someone else's — amalgamated in a picture, even if they don't usually live on shelves anywhere near each other." 

But what I don't understand is how there can be a market for this. Why put up a picture of Joe Bloggs' book collection when you can, oh, I don't know, have your own? Smells a bit hipsterlicious to me.


transubstantial said... @ March 23, 2010 at 9:13 PM

I'd rather have bookshelves that cover the walls than paper that looks like books. think of the cool shelving you could get for $198!

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