Coralie Bickford-Smith for Penguin Classics

We've noticed these beautiful bookcovers in homes and shops around town and thought it was time to give them a shout-out. They're part of a series of literary works published by Penguin Classics, with designs by the talented Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Each book in the 20-title series has a unique two-toned pattern printed on a cloth binding. Eight are currently available on Penguin's US site here. The others are only available in the UK or via the web.

Coralie discusses her process in an interview on Penguin's blog. She says: "All the books in this series have patterns that adhere to a strict grid...we set up mood boards of visual ideas - textures, ornaments, objects, colours, all inspired by themes from the stories or by the period, or just the novel's atmosphere..."

A collection of these books looks smashing on a mantle, and is a timeless way to add both color and sophistication to a space. Collect them all!

Images:
1 A Turtle's Salon du Thé
2 Live Creating Yourself.
3-5 The Penguin Blog