Categories / Art and Photography, Books

Boat of Life Print

The Boat of Life Print is another charming piece by Aardvark, this time taking a classic piece of literature as its starting point.

The words on the print come from Jerome K Jerome’s comic classic Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog), but even if you aren’t a fan of the book, you can appreciate the sentiments about enjoying the simple things in life or at least the wonderful use of typography. The print costs £20 unframed or £45 framed.

Buy it online from Colloco.

Categories / Art and Photography, Books, Design and Interiors

Postcards from Puffin: 100 Book Covers in One Box


Fans of vintage literature and 20th century design will no doubt love Postcards from Puffin: 100 Book Covers in One Box.

It is just that, 100 postcards in a books-shaped box, each of the postcards featuring a different classic/iconic cover from a Puffin gem you might well remember from childhood.

70 years of British design and illustration history in one box – and yours for just £7.29.

Find out more at the Amazon website

Categories / Art and Photography

The Beat Hotel by Harold Chapman, Proud Chelsea, London


If you’ve already visited the City Lights Bookshop and Vesuvio’s bar in San Francisco, devotees of the Beat writers may be interested in the hotel in Paris’ Latin Quarter at 9 Rue Gît-le-Coeur. Famous residents of this hotel included William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, whose stay there was recorded by another guest, the photographer Harold Chapman.

The hotel has been restored from the run-down state it was in during the Beats’ heyday so there isn’t much to see there beyond a plaque, but fortunately Chapman’s photographs survive and will be showing in the exhibition The Beat Hotel at Proud Chelsea. Chapman’s photographs give a detailed account of the daily lives of the Beats and it was here that Williams Borroughs wrote Naked Lunch.

The Beat Hotel exhibition runs from the 29 July to 29 August 2010 at Proud Chelsea. Visit the Proud website for further details.