My lovely Danish friend Susanna came round for tea last week and bought with her a copy of Hans Christian Anderson's 'Fairy Tales', for the Cub. A gorgeous present at the best of times but even more gorgeous is the fact that it has such a beautiful, cloth bound cover. It's one of Coralie Bickford Smith's designs for Penguin. Coralie has been the senior cover designer at Penguin for over eight years. Together they have re-created some of the Penguin Classics by giving them brand new, vibrantly coloured, cloth bound covers. They look so gorgeous all stacked up together, I'm tempted to get just because they're so beautiful.
She has more designs coming out this April. A series of paper back books, that according to Penguin, brings together "the sharpest, funniest, most delicious writing about food from the past 400 years".
The 'Great Food' series all have covers that have a decorative, ceramic style relevant to the period of the writing. Seriously beautiful and they will liven up any kitchen in a flash. I cant wait to get my hands on them. In fact, I'm feeling maybe a genius Mother's day idea...
Coralie with her Penguin Classic cloth bound covers