Monday, February 27, 2012

A Monsterously Big (and expensive) Book

This weekend, I discovered the most insane book at my local Anthropologie store - Monsters of the Household Variety.  To call it a book is almost a misnomer because truly it is a piece of textile art that just happens to be bound as a hardcover book. Written and beautifully illustrated by Ruth Ashton, the book tells the story of all the mischievous little critters responsible for everyday disasters around the home - the key hiding monster, the sock stealing monster, etc. 

In addition to being enormous in size (it's two feet tall!) it's got an enormous $1,200 price tag.  No, that is not a typo.  $1,200.    But before you freak out about that price, take a look at the incredible detail in these pages.  Each monster is unique and three dimensional, stitched onto soft cotton pages as is all the text that accompanies them.  It is seriously AMAZING, I couldn't stop staring at it. I have never seen anything like this book.


I've heard that some Anthropologie stores around the country have pages from the book framed and available for sale.  That is a totally brilliant way to display something so spectacular.   You can see some of the pages here.  I would kill for two or three of them for Knox's room!