Storyboard by Jan Van Hoof

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Dutch designer Jan Van Hoof exhibited a wall made of cut-up books at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show as part of Dutch Design Week earlier this month.

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"Books like this tell us a lot of stories, the story in the book, the story of the book itself as a product you own with a history and the story as a collection of books," says Van Hoof. "With my project storyboard I tried to give the books, with all the stories in it, a new life as a new material."

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More designs using cut up books in our previous story: Book Vases by Laura Cahill.

The following is from Jan Van Hoof:

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With the project storyboard I have tried to give a new dimension to the recycling of books.

Everyone has a lot of books and the collection of books is always growing, when there is no space left on the bookshelf, you have to try to get rid of a part of your collection. At first these books get a nice place in a box on the attic, but at some time the books become garbage.

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Books like this tell us a lot of stories, the story in the book, the story of the book itself as a product what you own with a history and the story as a collection of books. Usually these books are made to new paper and all of this is lost, but with my project storyboard I tried to give the books, with all the stories in it, a new life as a new material.

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I tear off the covers of the books, cut them in 3 pieces of the same height and glue this pieces together to blocks of 30 cm high and 75 cm wide. These blocks can be used to build a wall like a room divider or as some kind of “wallpaper” and have a sound- suppressing effect.

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Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2008 at 5:52 pm by Matylda Krzykowski. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • iamreply

    still yet to see something interesting/ intelligent come out of Eindhoven this year.
    “Usually these books are made to new paper and all of this is lost, but with my project storyboard I tried to give the books” etc etc etc bla bla bla you made a wall of books. thats all it is. plain and simple. stop trying to romanticise it.

  • Marcus Des

    Can’t help it, I HATE projects that use cut up books when in the end nothing new or innovative is done with them. Perhaps if the artists who use them would first READ some books they might be the wiser for it.

  • anon

    With out making sweeping statements about the whole of this years graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven…

    I recommend you take a look at the work of the Masters (see link below). In general the Masters projects are more indepth, deal with interesting topics and are based on a wealth of research.

    http://masters.designacademy.nl/

    Enjoy!

  • One

    Rem Koolhaas designed a loooooong book once for a exhibition, which was very sexy… thins? Simple therefore nostalgic? huuumm…

  • JegoPoistigue

    I am here at a forum newcomer. Until I read and deal with the forum.
    Let’s learn!