doctorow at September 8th, 2013 09:02 — #1
knappa at September 8th, 2013 09:36 — #2
I'm guessing that it is artificial. Assouline doesn't seem to sell (or have sold) "The light of Monte Carlo". They have sold "The light of" several cities though.
wetterschneider at September 8th, 2013 09:36 — #3
This appears to be a render. It's not the pixels that give it away, it's the consistent grey shadows, the smooth highlights, and lack of very small details in surface noise, wear, perfect alignment of elements, etc. The image could have been rendered with Vray (my personal favorite) or Mental Ray (also great).
Still, rendered or real... it's cute! They would need to be cast in something heavy, right? Maybe resin would work, to keep the from being shoved aside by tilting books.
randywalters at September 8th, 2013 09:45 — #4
Conceptually, these are exquisite. They need to exist in a form with enough mass to do the job; somebody please - make it so!
timothy_krause at September 8th, 2013 11:10 — #5
Dunno about rendering, but that's not a real Everyman's Library R. L. Stevenson: they're much more attractively rounded on their edges, much more commodiously fashioned to look at and to hold. The copy on the shelf looks like library binding to me, maybe a Shoop?
thaumatechnicia at September 8th, 2013 11:28 — #6
The pages of the bent books wouldn't be still aligned, unless the books' covers and pages were steam bent...and were actually made of wood, not paper.
'Shop, if you ask me.
enkidu at September 8th, 2013 11:44 — #7
Is it a thing now to leave Cyrillic untransliterated? Fortunately, that's one of very few non-Roman alphabets I know, so I can help by fellow BBers out by telling them it's "Dmitri Kulyaev"--but I hope I'm not also going to have to learn kanji or Arabic to get through my daily "wonderful things".
Oh, and on-topic: render or not, I love the idea of those bookends...I hope they make it into production at some point.
sockdoll at September 8th, 2013 16:36 — #8
I think I'd be more impressed if they were Daliesque giant melting pocket watches, though I suppose that imagery is kinda clichéd.
newliminted at September 8th, 2013 20:03 — #9
I would have rendered it as Dmitriy. Throw any foreign name at the BB community and I'm sure one of us will provide the transliteration.
ironedithkidd at September 9th, 2013 13:23 — #10
Came here to say something similar. I'm getting used to untranslated Russian titles because all cat videos seem to be from Russia, but others may not be patient enough to learn another language written in another alphabet.
technogeekagain at September 10th, 2013 01:15 — #11
Wouldn't be hard. Materials for a book cover (cardboard, fabric or leather, some silkscreening or painting or stencil work to apply the spine title and any decorative pattern); padded stacks of paper to represent the page edges, and a rounded-L-shaped hunk of wood or plaster or other material to give it mass. You'd probably want to make sure the bottom of the L is sufficiently heavy to keep it stable when unsupported.
There's probably a better way to do it; that's just the first one that comes to mind.
Doing it for mass production would be a different kettle of worms. But it's certainly possible; stranger things are available off the shelf.
doctorow at September 13th, 2013 09:02 — #12
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