The Object-Book Project:
My name is Richard Towers (pseudonym of Martinho Torres) and I’m the creator of the Object-Book. The concept is based on a simple principle: each book is also a real and functional object. In 2011, the first two object-books were released: Tempo (the clock-book) and Reflexions (the mirror-book). In 2012, The chess-book “The Challenge” saw the light of the day. Now, its time for Elements – The frame-books.
Elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire – is a fiction tetralogy. The Four Works compose the canvas of existence and, in each book, there are four characters that build a common destiny interweaved by the thread of life. The connection Elements/Life/Soul/Destiny is the motto for the whole scenery: a voyage through time and across the world that determines the Picture of Existence.
The painting, an expressionist work of art, Nuno Castelo's courtesy, represents several scenarios and characters described in the books which leads us to a continuous discover of the stories and the images. The main purpose is to provide a memorable journey through the landscape of imagination, relating images and words like it never has been done before.
This concept is a whole new look at the book and his multiples facets – these books are conceived to compose an art gallery in every house: on the hall, the bedroom, the chamber, the living-room, anywhere...
Imagine your living-room wall with a working clock-book, a mirror-book, a frame-book... You will blow your guest’s mind! They will be asking: what is this? And you will answer: try to guess!... At the end, they will discover... books! Beautiful books hung on the wall! And only you will know the secret stories inside them...
And remember: you'll be getting your copies right on time to decide your Christmas presents...
This one is a highlight on the project from a portuguese television show called "The Next Big Idea":
About Richard Towers:
Richard Towers is the pseudonym of Martinho Torres, born in 1974. He is a portuguese writer and started a revolution on the publishing market by inventing the Object-Book. In 2010, the clock-book “Tempo” was released; in 2011, the mirror-book “Reflexions” reached the stores and, in 2012, the chess-book “The Challenge” was his third object-book to know the light of the day. Richard Towers won several prizes and was recognized for his work – the famous portuguese magazine “Notícias Magazine” rated him has one of the most ingenious portuguese, and the TV show “The Next Big Idea” gave prominence to his work:
Let's take a close look at the perks and the way they work. You'll find a marvellous way to look at books with this innovative perspective. The content is related with the object, so every book is a treaty of literature and image. Now, imagine the stories you will find inside...
1. The frame to insert the book 2. Half of the book inside the frame
3. The bump on the edge of the frame
4. All the books inside the frames and hung on the wall
5. A masterpiece that makes us go round the clock with is turbulent narrative
6. The clock-book works with an AG13 battery
7. It can be hung on the wall
8. The mirror-book has a real mirror cover
9. It can be hung and has a passe-partout
10. The chess-book and his luxurious package: wood box with golden lettering
11. The cover is a chessboard
12. The chess-book "The Challenge" includes the whole set (32 wood chess pieces) to play on the chessboard cover of the book