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Literal Interpretation

Book-based designs put a novel spin on literature

Implications - The Millennial generation is reading much less relative to previous generations, with almost 50 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. never reading books for pleasure, according to a report by the National Endowment for the Arts. What's more, a shocking 42 percent of college grads will never read another book for the rest of their lives. However, designers are ensuring that books are showing up in our lives in different ways. While often bizarre, these novel approaches to reinterpreting the traditional book -- such as camping tents, gadget chargers and fashion accessories -- speak to one of society's most troublesome issues while allowing books to maintain a "presence" in our day-to-day lives.
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7 Featured, 60 Examples:
1,079,399 Total Clicks
Date Range:
Jul 11 — Mar 12
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Featured Examples

Repurposed Novel Purses
Repurposed Novel Purses
The Olympia Le Tan's 'Lolita' Book Clutch is More Than Meets the Eye
The Olympia Le Tan 'Lolita' clutch is just one in a charming line of novel accessories by the French designer that celebrate both fashion and literature. Handmade in Paris, the ultra-cute clutches are… MORE
Intellectual Literary Fashion
Intellectual Literary Fashion
The A & V Book-Bags Will Inspire Fashionistas to Pick Up a Book
Book-Bags are an artistic fashion experiment by design team A&V, which consists of Lithuanian designer duet Aleksandras Pogrebnojus and Vida Simanavičiūtė. Perfectly handmade, the Book-Bags boast the various… MORE
Gigantic Novel Comics
Gigantic Novel Comics
The Angelika Taschen Comic Series by Artist Joe McKendry is Awesome
These ingenious and quick-witted renditions by artist Joe McKendry is a comic series based on Angelika Taschen’s favorite novels and where she read them. These comic book-inspired depictions... MORE
Literary Smartphone Chargers (UPDATE)
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Inbook Novel iPhone Docks for Book & Gadget Lovers
If you remember the Huckleberry Finn smartphone charger, you'll be happy to know that there are even more of the Inbook Novel iPhone Docks. The Inbook Novel iPhone Docks is a series of famous books that… MORE
Novel Camping Shelters
Novel Camping Shelters
Jack Maxwell's Fully Booked Tent is Made for the Lit Lover
Taking on the shape of a very large novel, the Fully Booked tent is both well-designed and intriguingly quirky. Not only is it a pun on the common term used by campgrounds and other vacation spots,... MORE
Literary Power Sources
Literary Power Sources
The Book Chargers Allow You to Read and Recharge in One
If you're tired of using bulky, easily tangled chargers for your devices, book chargers are just for you. Book chargers allow users to charge their iPhones while looking more studious. The book chargers… MORE
Novel Light Activators
Novel Light Activators
The Secret Passageway Switch Uses a Real Book to Turn on Lamps
The Secret Passageway Switch introduces a little mystery to one's home. The Secret Passageway Switch is a rather romantic and Gothic notion that will not only add character to homes, but also a little… MORE

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