Sometimes trends are so strong, they get their own names. Names that are likely to get this blog some odd traffic, but hey, I gotta call ‘em like I see ‘em. So, today’s trending topic is,… book porn.
Now, mind you, I’m not talking about books ON porn. No, I’m talking about a sensual love for books that borders on the obsessive. That passion for the smell, texture, history, and intellectual contents of a stack of bound paper with a title.
In quantities great…
books have a unique place in our interiors.
Sometimes a fairly unique place, but a place nonetheless.
Of course, you are probably wondering why on earth I consider books to be a trending design element. After all, they have been around for centuries, and larger houses have had entire rooms devoted to maintaining private libraries. Why do I think books are an emerging design trend?
One word – e-reader.
Have you been to a book store lately? A Barnes & Noble perhaps, or one of the few independent shops that managed to survive the rise of Amazon? What did you see when you were there? I’ll tell you what I saw, the ever increasing creep of games, toys, and other non-book paraphernalia into the space once occupied by books. Sales of books in their physical form are tanking. Between the relative cost of purchasing a new book vs. downloading it, and the ability for e-readers to contain entire libraries in a very small “container”, the era of the printed page is fading.
Mind you, I think there will always be a desire for books, but I foresee a return of the boutique bookstore (yay!), filled with the works of smaller, artisan presses. Books created for the enjoyment of the physical form, not so much the need for the information contained within.
So now books are becoming a bit nostalgic. A reminder of a time when we could sit still for awhile and enjoy the words without the beeping, and the blinking images, and the distraction. That sensory experience of musty, glue bound paper, crinkling in your hands as you turn the page. Books give atmosphere to a room, and pleasure to the reader.
Want to indulge in a bit of book sensuality yourself? Check out my Book Porn Pinterest board for ideas and images to inspire.
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