Thursday, July 29, 2010

Just announced: Puffin Designer Classics

Very exciting news! Penguin has announced the follow-up to their sold-out run of limited edition Designer Classics they issued for their 65th anniversary (I featured FUEL's Crime and Punishment here); for their 70th birthday the series has been passed on to their Puffin imprint of children's books. Once again, these are limited to 1,000 numbered copies worldwide and are each selected and designed by an exciting artist/architect/designer. Thanks to some photos from the puffin site, I've got some details I can share with you here.

The Secret Garden, designed by Lauren Child
(Love the key on the end of the book's ribbon!)

Oliver Twist, designed by Sir Peter Blake

Little Women, designed by Orla Kiely

James and the Giant Peach, designed by Antony Gormley

Around the World in Eighty Days, by David Adjaye

Treasure Island, designed by Frank Gehry

These each retail for 100GBP, but if you run to you can grab some with a pretty outstanding discount. I'd highly recommend heading over there if any of these look of interest to you. The Penguin Series sold out quickly and are really quite collectible now-- Paul Smith's Lady Chatterly's Lover is around $750 these days! That Frank Gehry Treasure Island might be headed that way too...

Currently reading:
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Philip Pullman)
A Study in Scarlet (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Currently listening to:
Gorillaz, live in Damascus

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