On My Bookshelf: Le Forchette di Munari

Ever anthropomorphized your cutlery? Well, after seeing these illustrations of forks, you will. This is another art book by Bruno Munari from the publishing house Corraini EdizioniMunari also published his "Supplemental Italian Dictionary" explaining what each expressive Italian hand gesture means. And this book illustrates that same concept in a playful way— through forks! 

The book itself is as quirky as its subject matter. It is so narrow, there is no proper place to store or display it. But that is all part of its charm. I love the silver ink on a pink cover stock and the exposed spine binding with contrasting black thread. The whole thing makes me smile and giggle when I flip through its pages. It's nice to see a designer take things less seriously and just make something silly. 

Meg O'Brien | On My Bookshelf
Meg O'Brien | On My Bookshelf
Meg O'Brien | On My Bookshelf
Meg O'Brien | On My Bookshelf
Meg O'Brien | On My Bookshelf
Meg O'Brien | On My Bookshelf
Meg O'Brien | On My Bookshelf
Meg O'Brien | On My Bookshelf
Meg O'Brien | On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Flight of Fancy

Diecut into the cover of Flight of Fancy are twenty-one randomly scattered dots. Imaginging these series of dots to be locations— cities, Bruno Munari finds various ways to connect them. It's a pocket-sized book that takes a design exercise and turns into into book form, with Munari providing explanations to his thought processes along the way. Quoting the interior explanation of the exercise: "Let's look at [the dots] as reference points around which and with which we will establish clusters— connections— formal relationships— using straight lines, curved lines, or lines of dots or whatever. The game consists in inventing lots of different ways of connecting, linking, grouping together these dots." 

It's a very simple book. But I love it for its brevity and singularity.