Some of the most exciting products we spotted at 100% Design during the London Design Festival were the highly original whole book prints by Spineless Classics. We’re pleased to say that we’re now stocking a range of Spineless Classics posters.
Spineless Classics take the full text of a classic book and print it on one single sheet. The layout of the text is also shaped to create beautiful works of art out of works of fiction. Where there are shapes in the design the words wrap to the edges rather than being removed or shaded so the whole book is on the print with not one word missing. We think they make a fantastically original addition to any room.
Founder Carl Pappenheim produced a poster of Persuasion by Jane Austen as a Christmas present for his mum. It was such a big hit with family and friends that he decided to set up in business. He says “enjoying a great book need not end when you turn the final page. My dream is to get people invigorated by the idea of books as great works of art and to get those who might not otherwise be exposed to them, excited anew about classic stories.”
Every word on the Spineless Classics poster prints is captured in deep black ink which will not fade. These posters feature the entire text printed in super-fine detail on lush, heavy-weight, satin finish paper using state-of-the-art printing technology. The text is necessarily small but pin-sharp and perfectly legible. The paper is non-reflective so you can hang and light them exactly as you wish.
We love this video of Karim Rashid, dressed in his trademark pink and white, discussing the merits of the Water Bobble. The Bobble water bottle is a low-cost product in relation to what he is used to working on, but you can tell from watching this video that he has put his heart and soul into the design and that he really believes in it. We do too.
Karim Rashid is one of the world’s most famous industrial designers. Incredibly successful, his work is in the permanent collections of fourteen museums worldwide. His award-winning designs include the Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and the Semiramis hotel in Athens, and exhibitions for Deutsche Bank and Audi.
He has designed bikes for Biomega, furniture for Artemide and Magis, brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai, high tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot, Swarovski and Kenzo.
We only launched a month ago and already we’ve been overwhelmed by your response. Our biggest seller so far has been the wonderful Bobble water bottle, which really seems to have caught your imagination.
Designed by the award winning Karim Rashid, described by Time magazine as the “most famous industrial designer in all the Americas”, the Water Bobble is a little bit of design genius. If you haven’t checked it out already, have a look. It’s good for you and good for the environment.
Demand for the lovely, puppydog shaped Waldo childrens’ night light has also been high and we’re now out of stock. Unfortunately it seems like we won’t be able to get anymore until January so we’d like to apologise if you were after one.
Sadly, we’ve also sold out of the quirky big game wooden deer head, which we love to bits. Even worse, it seems like we won’t be able to get our hands on any more! Our supplier seems to have gone AWOL, but we’re doing our best to source some as we really, really don’t like to disappoint.
So, with this first blog entry we’d like to thank all you lovely people who’ve visited our site and purchased our products. We did have plans to take it easy following the launch, take the time to develop the site a bit more and add some more products, but we’ve been rushed off our feet with the demand. Thank you.