Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Smell Like Old Books

I have to admit, I like the smell of old books, but I definitely don't want to smell like an old book myself.  These are two different things.

Thanks to Christopher Brosius Limited, a New York based perfumery dedicated to unusual smells, has launched a new perfume In the Library which is based on "a signed first edition of one of Brosius' favorite novels, Russian and Morocco leather bindings, worn cloth, and a hint of wood polish."

Here is Brosius' full story behind the In the Library scent :
"I love books, particularly old ones. I cannot pass a second hand bookshop and rarely come away without at least one additional volume. I now have quite a collection!

Whenever I read, the start of the journey is always opening the book and breathing deeply. Don't you find there are few things more wonderful than the smell of a much-loved book? Newly printed books certainly smell very different from older ones. The ink is so crisp. I've also noticed that books from different periods & different countries also have very different smells. And then there are the scents of different bindings: leather is marvelous of course but I find a peculiar pleasure in musty worn clothbound books as well. Perhaps just a hint of mildew!

The main note in this scent was copied from one of my favorite books - I happened to find a signed first edition of this novel a few years ago in London. I was more than a little excited because there were only ever a hundred in the first place!"

Whether it be irresistible to members of the opposite sex, then I really don't know.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Phone Booth Library

This is creative. Conceived by a local resident of a small town in southern England as a way to save a bit of history while satisfying the curious minds of the township, the classic bright red phone booth was recycled into what has now become one of the country’s smallest libraries. Other residents helped to install shelves and stock them with books that they've read, with the opportunity of swapping them out for ones they've not. It is more like a used book exchange. Soon the library is filled with over 100 choices, including DVDs and CDs. On top of that, It is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, without no attendee to manage it, and even lit at night for those who want a book to curl up with before dozing off. How sweet!

Believe it or not ? This scrapped phone booth was purchased from British Telecom (BT) for a mere £1. with the advent of mobile communications, phone booths have gradually been eliminated. In order to preserve a modicum of things nostalgic, BT is in fact encouraging the community to adopt the old phone booths. Now 350 have already found new lives as art installations, showers and even public toilets.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Beautiful CD Covers

Songs That Spin in Circles / LULLATONE

Plays Pajama Pop Pour Vous / LULLATONE 

The Bedtime Beat / LULLATONE 

We Will Rock You to Sleep : An Introduction to Lullatone
Find these few lovely CDs at Yebisu Art Labo, Japan today.  The above four are by Lullatone, a music couple - Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida -  that creates lullabies for children using whatever they could lay their hands on: xylophones, keyboards, music boxes, sine tones, harps, toy drums, ukuleles, cymbals, shakers, wood blocks, pillows, whispers, heartbeats, bubbles, etc. Do try out their cute raindrop melody maker.

Happy merry Christmas / achordion [Korea Edition]

Vicious Times / James Severy At The Circus Circus [Japan Edition]

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Drawing with geometrical brushes

These are awesome.  Using Adobe Flash, the creator Gwen Vanhee has built a rendering/drawing system - a custom-coded brush in ActionScript3 from scratch to draw the imagery. He has a particle system which responds to movement, speed, rotation, mouse gestures and audio frequencies attached to the mouse. So while 'handdrawing' the general sense, direction and rotation with the mouse, all data is recorded to be rendered (frame by frame) afterwards. In short, the resulting imagery is code reaction to mouse gestures. Brilliant, isn't it ?

Go to revoid.be/geometric @flickr for more work in this series. See the largest version for the astonishing details.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


A wander through one of my favorite weblog Dataisnature today yields this exciting find - The art of Japanese Threadballs. Originally developed in China and later spreading to Japan, Temari てまり (meaning 'hand ball' in Japanese) were traditionally made by grandmothers to give to their grand children as a way to amuse and entertain them, also introduce them to the beauty of geometry. Today, Temari balls are given as tokens of good luck. Combining mathematical principles, these expertly and artfully crafted threadballs are really stunning.

NanaAkua’s Flickr set contains a staggering 468 threadballs designed and made by her grandmother, now 88 years old, who combines an excellent choice of colours with a discerning eye for pattern.  

Also worth a visit is the Temari Flickr group.
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