Read this book the whole way round

Some books are made to be read – well-worn and dog-eared. Others are works of art, made to be treasured and treated with the utmost care. I have given my kids elaborate pop-up books from a young age and yes, there have been some ‘accidents’ with the delicate paper engineering but I decided that the sooner they learn how to care for books, the better. Here’s a book that requires a delicate hand.

It’s a very special book indeed. The 360°Book was designed by Yusuke Oono for the You Fab 2012 laser cutter design contest held in Tokyo. Oono’s amazing three-dimensional diorama book won the contest.

The book tells a story through pictures in a traditional way though the pages also fan out to create three dimensional scenes. The designer said that the book was created when looking for new ways to express dimension. The design was also a way of surprising reader when they opened the book to find that the pages dramatically transformed into a miniature world.

Since the contest, Oono has also created a magical Christmas book using the laser-cut process. Hopefully these beautiful books will be available to purchase in the future.

For more paper engineering marvels, check out our previous pop-up posts including The Onion’s Great Escape and Little Red Riding Hood.

(via Junk Culture)

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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