Using Books For Art and Home Decor

Etsy Finds: All Booked Up

Some of my favorite book sculptures of all time are the pieces made by Lisa Occhipinti. This one, called Friendship, ($48) is stunning.

One of my favorite parts of the latest Portlandia video is when one of the homeowners corrects the house sitter as she tries to pick up a coffee table book. "See those books?," he says. "Don't ever open them. They're not for reading." While I'm actually a fan of the books-as-coveted-objects design trend, there is a certain irony in the fact that they are often used for purposes other than their obvious one. Still, I can't help but share some beautiful art and home pieces that use books as their medium. See what I've discovered!