We’re crazy about books here at Anthology, as you may know. But it might come as a surprise to learn that we also love non-books—when they are executed well. Some of the best faux novels I’ve seen are from two very different artists working in two very different mediums. I’m equally enamored of both, however, and would be hard-pressed to choose.
These embroidered mini-audieres from French artist Olympia Le-Tan are an example of fine workmanship at its best. Intricately crafted down to the tiniest detail, her clutches are fun and playful but also true works of art. Unsurprisingly, they sell out extremely fast, but they seem well worth the frenzy, in my opinion.
These wooden block books by illustrator and designer Leanne Shapton also top my list. I love the vintage-inspired color palette and the offbeat, casual lettering. The best part of Shapton’s block books is that they can be admired in any quantity: a large group of them on display would look stunning, but I’d also be quite happy to display one single novel as a treasured object in my home. They are available at the John Derian store in NYC.