They say that reading can be illuminating, but artist Airan Kang's LED-laced "books" take things to a whole new level. The Korean artist draws inspiration from her favorite titles to create glowing pieces of artwork that can be stacked or shelved just like the real thing. Called "Light Reading," the collection of unconventional sculptures caught our eye at the 2016 Collective Design Fair during NYCxDESIGN week.
A continuation of Kang’s larger “Digital Book Project”, Light Reading comprises several piles of resin sculptures that have been designed to look like books. Although she’s based in Seoul, Kang visited bookstores and libraries around the globe in order to make sure that her digital library was as close to the real thing as possible. However, while the artist did take inspiration from real book covers for her artworks, she purposely altered them slightly from the originals.
Each resin “book” is lined with light emitting diodes that cause them to glow from within. The color, intensity and pattern of light can be controlled via a switch on the side of each piece.
If you’re hoping to add some of Kang’s pieces to your own library, be warned that they do cost a bit more than a regular book. Each one rings in at about $6,500.
Photos: Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat