Marian Bantjes, an internationally acclaimed graphic designer/typographer, recently released a book titled I Wonder that features essays on design and life, surrounded by ornate type and illustrations. The outside of the book is embossed with gold and silver foils on a satin cloth, and the pages are gilded on the edges– plus, the book is printed in CMYK with an additional gold plate, so that there’s glimpses of shiny ink throughout the pages.
Everything is designed by Marian Bantjes herself, of course, and there are even in-process photos of how she meticulously arranged pasta to make some of the lavish pages below. From her website:
I spent 15 months writing, illustrating and designing this book. At a smallish size, it is a book meant for holding and reading, curled up in your favourite chair.
Every single illustration is new, created for the book, and the content is not about my work, but instead combines graphic art with the written word, and lends my own contemplative but frequently amused voice to my observations of the world.
Ultimately the range of thoughts, personal history and hare-brained ideas come together. To the eyes, it is a feast for visual gluttons, but as those who are familiar with my work will already know, there is food for the mind and the heart as well.
There’s so much going on in every page– where would one begin to admire this work? I’m aching to look at the pasta pages, personally, and this would clearly make a stunning gift for any design aficionado, or anyone who merely adores beautiful objects and paper. I want!