Even in this digital age books remain the go-to physical souvenir of the events we attend and enjoy; something we keep and treasure long after we’ve misplaced the photos we took on our phones. If you were one of the people who checked out The Teapot Project at Australia’s Modern Times Gallery last July, chances are you’d love to snap up this imminently touchable keepsake book printed by our friends at Digitalpress in Sydney.
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The exhibition itself features 30 teapots – actually 30 variations on the same teapot – crafted by Australian silversmith Hendrik Forster and metalsmith/object designer Kenny (Yong-soo) Son. Hailing from different cultural, generational, and educational backgrounds, the artists worked closely together to “explore the social and historical context surrounding the production and use of the teapot.” Materials used ranged from bright polished 24 ct. gold to copper and red gum.
This marvelous perfect-bound book pays tribute to these shiny materials immediately with its soft touch laminate cover, which features a gleaming teapot in raised Silver digital foiling on 350 gm (130 lb.) Artboard.
Inside, we dive into the creative process with reproductions of the artists’ teapot sketches, as well as detail-rich photographs of those art pieces printed on three different papers, each a perfect match for the contents it displays.
The first two sections covering the designers and their design process are printed on Mohawk Strathmore Premium Wove. The third – all about the finished teapots – is on Spicers Paper Pacesetter Satin. Arjowiggins Curious Translucents from Mohawk was used to create dividers between each section.
Each paper brings a different look to the book, and all communicate a texture to the fingertips that practically cries “hand crafted” – perfect for the subject matter at hand. (You can actually order a copy of this book here).
Sabine Lenz is the founder of PaperSpecs.com, the first online paper database and community specifically designed for paper specifiers.
Growing up in Germany, Sabine started her design career in Frankfurt, before moving to Australia and then the United States. She has worked on design projects ranging from corporate identities to major road shows and product launches. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her list of clients included Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Deutsche Bank, IBM and KPMG.
Seeing designers struggle worldwide to stay current with new papers and paper trends inspired Sabine to create PaperSpecs, an independent and comprehensive Web-based paper database and weekly e-newsletter. She is also a speaker on paper issues and the paper industry. Some refer to her lovingly as the "paper queen" who combines her passion for this wonderful substrate called paper with a hands-on approach to sharing her knowledge.