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

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

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...

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

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

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

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