Crazy & Unusual Book Designs

I have been obsessed with the new edible cookbook ever since I first heard about it! So I went searching for more crazy and unusual book designs. The first thing I found out about was Snoop Dogg‘s new book Rolling Words: A Smokeable Songbook. Talk about crazy and unusual! This book is a compilation of Snoop’s lyrics and it’s printed on non-other than… rolling papers! He even made them perforated so you can pull them out of the book and use them in whatever fashion you see fit. The jacket is made of hemp material, a twine cover and you can even strike a match across the spine, thanks to its special surface — can you say multipurpose! Wow!

After I saw this, I knew there had to be more nutty and wacky book design out there! So the first place I look is Flavour Wire, and of course they had exactly what I was looking for!

I want a copy of them all!!! 🙂

The Mirror Book, by John Christie and Ron King, and published by Circle Press in 1985, is exactly what it sounds like. It comes complete with a pair of white gloves for smudge-free handling, and it’s meant to be a book about self-discovery: “as one turns the pages, hands are reflected, and on looking closely, our own faces. In the act of turning, the self-image becomes distorted. Here the book is the entrance key to a world of self-contemplation, and, potentially, self-knowledge.”

 This is a great gift idea for the narcissist on your list!! lol

While it might not look all that out of the ordinary, the first edition cover of We’re Getting On by James Kaelan is made out of birch seed paper — so when you’re finished reading it, you can plant it and make a tree.

I love this idea!! Can you say “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” Even though I love expanding my library collection. I guess I would have to buy two copies. 

Speaking of edible books, Design Criminals is another tome you can nibble — only this one is an art book made entirely out of sugar and printed with vegetable ink. The book won designer Andreas Pohancenik a nomination for the prestigious Brit Insurance Design Awards. Check out a making-of video here.

Made out of sugar!! A book that can make me get fat! I would still try it! hehehe 

A glow-in-the-dark book by Croatian designers Bruketa&Žinić that can only be identified at night — in the light, it looks like a plain white journal. Read more here.

Too cute!!

Even though these books were only distributed as a direct marketing idea to promote the movie The Jungle Book 2 in Spain, we think they’re pretty phenomenal. We wonder what’s inside.

I am going to hunt this book down!! It will be mine! Oh yes! It will be mine! 

The Mechanical Word is a five volume series of mechanical books designed by Karen Bleitz with poetry by Richard Price. Readers turn the cranks to interact with the poems and “reveal the forces hidden within the constructs of communication.”

I am not a big poetry fan, but this might turn me into one! 🙂

Coffee Stains by Martha Hayden is a book about the health benefits of coffee — and it’s made out of coffee residue. How appropriate.

This is the perfect coffee table book! And better yet, you wouldn’t even notice if you spilled any coffee on it! 😀

This edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Imp of the Perverse,” designed by Helen Friel, must be destroyed to be properly read. Friel explains, “‘The Imp of the Perverse’ discusses the voice inside all of us that makes us to do things we know we shouldn’t do. Each page is perforated in a grid system with sections of the text missing. Readers must follow the simple instructions to tear and fold specific sections to reveal the missing text. Books are usually precious objects and the destruction is engineered to give the reader conflicting feelings, do they keep the book in it’s perfect untorn form? Or give into the imp and enjoy tearing it apart?”

I don’t know if I could bring myself to destroy a book, but this looks to fun to turn down! 

Each edition of Richard Long’s Nile (Papers of River Muds) is made from the mud of the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Rhine, the Guatiquia, the Huang He, the Hudson, the Nairobi, and other rivers, each page a little different depending on where it was collected.

Don’t be drinking while reading this book! Once spill and you’d have quite a mess on your hands! lol


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