April 29, 2013

Fred Garrels

Anybody knows him? There are some beautiful book covers and posters by Flemish illustrator Fred Garrels (1919 - 2001) showcased at www.fredgarrels.com. Unfortunately the site do not (yet) provide much more information about him. One great children's book illustrated by Fred Garrels I found today on this very nice blog.

(Leen van Marcke: Het Sterrenschip, De Branding 1963)

(Commissioned Work for Schools)

(R. Van Kerckhoven: On Stap met Benny + Lineke, De Sikkel 1961)

(All images: www.ferdgarrels.com)

April 23, 2013

Studio Fludd: Ephemera & Miscellanea

"Ephemera & Miscellanea" is a collection of titles self-published by Venice, Italy, based Studio Fludd.  The multidisciplinary creative studio founded in 2008 takes its name from the alchemist Robert Fludd. Take a look at their great alchemy-inspired work over there and follow the links to Matteo Baratto, Caterina Gabelli, Sara Maragotto and Valeria Sanguin. All three booklets are risograph printed by Inuit Editions.

The collection is sold online and shipped worldwide from Italy like all the other beautiful products by Studio Fludd.

(All images: www.studiofludd.com)

April 19, 2013

Hannah Waldron: Rain Day

I came across Hannah Waldron yesterday via finurlig. More about Hannah Waldron's current work and her wonderful Map Tapestries series over there. The second edition of her book "Rain Day", first published in 2010, is for sale at Duke Press, an independent publishing collective based in London. Take a look at their other publications.

 Hannah Waldron: Rain Day, 56 pages, £15.00, Duke Press

"Rain Day" is printed in one colour with a two colour wrap around cover and contains 23 ink drawings. It shows a rainy day from the perspective of a boy who has to stay indoors because of the rain and who begins to notice all the details around him ... 

(All images: www.dukepress.co.uk)

Hannah Waldron also contributed to the Living Things Series by Little Otsu, a mini art books collection "in which different artists each explore one idea based around the theme of living things". Volume 3 by Hannah Waldron is called "The City". Check it out here and here.

April 15, 2013


I discovered Czech publisher Baobab via the list of nominees for the BOP Bologna Prize 2013. They have a lot of great books in their catalogue, classics like the sad tiger by Alois Mikulka for instance and translations of Blexbolex and Dick Bruna as well as many exceptional books by new and upcoming Czech artists.

The Prague-based publisher has been founded in 2000 as a publishing house for alternative children's books. Their books are purchased online via this site. All images: www.baobab-books.net.

April 11, 2013

Didier Cornille: Tous Les Gratte-Ciel Sont Dans La Nature

Tous Les Gratte-Ciel Sont Dans La Nature (All Skyscrapers Are in the Nature) has been published by hélium/Actes Sud in March. It's in French of course. Fortunately it is so clearly written (for children and adults) and so well illustrated that I enjoyed r e a d i n g this book despite of my very limited knowledge of French. The beautiful book portrays the most famous architects and engineers of the past and today like Gustave Eiffel, Mies van der Rohe, Jean Nouvel. All the impressive skyscrapers and towers are drawn in subtle and accurate sleek lines. I like the reduced use of colours a lot. 

Didier Cornille is a designer and professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts du Mans. He authored/illustrated three more books released by héliumMini-MaxiBon Voyage! and Toutes Les Maisons Sont Dans la Nature.

Hélium also published the wonderful pop-up books by Anouck Boisrobert & Louis Rigaud and Jean-Luc Fromental & Joelle Jolivet. You probably might know Popville, Dans la foret du paresseux, tip tap and 10 P'tits Pingouins. I wrote about the German editions before here and here.

April 09, 2013

Manuela Castro Neves and Yara Kono: Tantos Animais

A new book published by Planeta Tangerina. With counting rhymes (in Portuguese) by Manuela Castro Neves and beautiful illustrations by Yara Kono. It's called "Tantos Animais" (Many Animals). I was so happy to read this: Planeta Tangerina is the winner of the Bologna Prize (BOP) as the Best Children's Publisher of 2013 for Europe. Congratulations!

Want to see their current catalogue? This way please.

April 08, 2013


Last summer I signed up for a Pinterest account as I thought this could be useful in many ways. But then I had no desire to handle o n e  m o r e social media platform and stopped pinning. Some days ago I decided to give the whole thing a second chance. I couldn't find a way to collect, link back and credit all the images I find browsing around in the internet on my desktop properly. They are too many and I'm not only into books. So I built a board for Spaces, Styles, Yummy, Illustrations, Products and Pictures I like, and for Books and Magazines of course. From now I will pin regularly to clean up my screen and to organize all my findings perfectly thanks to Pinterest. Sounds like a New Year resolution in April? You can keep an eye on it over there!

April 05, 2013

Sit and Read

It's always a pleasure to browse the Sit and Read site which offers a variety of carefully selected (high-priced) vintage pieces, from fiberglass chairs, gooseneck lamps and Danish coffee tables to old maps and books.

The creative agency, gallery, and retail space has been launched in 2008 by Kyle Garner. Take a look at the sold section as well. It's like visiting a design museum.

(All images: Sit and Read)