A Novel Idea

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We’re huge fans of Penguin’s iconic orange novels – design classics, we collect them by the box full on ebay. However, recent new takes on the series by various designers have seen our affections shifting somewhat. Bill Amberg‘s six favourite novels were lovingly bound in the most sumptuous calves’ leather, meaning that the more you handle and read the books, the more beautiful they become. His chosen six were The Picture Of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), A Room With A View (E M Forster), The Great Gatsby (F Scott Fitzgerald), The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler), Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh) and Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Truman Capote).

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Another of our favourite interpretations were those created a couple of years back for Penguin Classics’ Diamond Anniversary: iconic designers and architects were asked to redesign and repackage their favourite Penguin Classic. Ron Arad, Sam Taylor-Wood, Manolo Blahnik, Paul Smith and design partnership Fuel created a sold-out collection of unique tomes, each limited to just 1000 editions – evoking the spirit of each book, while making design statements. We continually search ebay in the hope of finding them.

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