Print Isn't Dead — It's Been Reborn As Wallpaper

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Genuine Fake Bookshelves wallpaper by Deborah Bowness and available at The Collection fooled me the first time I saw it a few years back at the Christian Lacroix-designed Hotel du Petit Moulin in the Marais. Lately it seems like the rise of digital media has given birth to a crop of print-inspired wallpapers, graphics and decorative objects to fill the void where actual books and magazines used to be...

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Tracy Kendall's range of trompe l'oeil wallpaper includes Books, Paperbacks, Magazines and Newsprint.

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This cardboard stool/side table and tray covered in images of German-language books from Virages are available via Decoclico.fr.

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The lampe livre available at Home Autour du Monde is a ghostly stack of books that lights up the bedside.

I suppose this is just a modern take on the age-old phenomenon of books and magazines being used to make a statement on the shelf or coffee table. But in our clutter-fearing, blog-reading, Kindle-toting times, these images are beginning to take on the allure of gravestones.

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com