Photo: Wired

Photo: Wired

Wired magazine shows spreads from this Chanel book with no ink, which of course makes one think of Braille. Irma Boom sees it importantly as an anti-digital book: on screen it’s nothing — you have to touch it to “read” it.

Louisiana Channel provides a video of Ms Boom discussing The Architecture of the Book, a sort on rolling catalog of her past projects. Each version of this is 9% larger than the previous edition, so as she says when she gets to be 80 the book will be the sort of size we expect design tomes to be. She discusses the architect’s-model-like books she makes before engaging in a production so she can check out “the distribution of text and image”. It features a very small book, made by someone else in the fifties, which has to be smaller than what I advertised as the world’s smallest book in my post from March 2013.

Click on the link “My manifesto for a book” at Louisiana Channel and learn what a nightmare working with a designer who knows their mind must be. The book under discussion is Sheila Hicks: Weaving as metaphor, published by Yale University Press, apparently successfully (in the video she refers to a fourth printing), although the publisher did at one point suggest that following her design might bankrupt them. You can also find a link there to “A tribute to Coco Chanel”, which discusses the inkless book.

See also my previous post Boom books from October last year.