The Monkey’s Paw, Toronto’s “most idiosyncratic secondhand bookshop”, just got a little bit more idiosyncratic. A new in-store Biblio-Mat book dispenser is offering up mystery titles for a mere $2…
Built by Craig Small, creative director at Toronto post-production, design and animation studio, The Juggernaut, the Biblio-Mat serves up random books as an alternative to the shopfront discount bin.
“Every book a surprise” it promises and ably demonstrates in an accompanying Vimeo short (below), dispensing a fine edition of Wunnerful, Wunnerful!, the 1971 autobiography of band-leader, musician and US TV star, Lawrence Welk, for this particular punter.
To work the Biblio-Mat, customers simply insert two dollars and, after a series of internal whirrings, the buzz of an old telephone bell alerts them to their new purchase in the tray below.
The shop’s “remote window display” is here. The Monkey’s Paw – and Small’s Biblio-Mat – are located at 1229 Dundas St. West (between Ossington & Dovercourt), Toronto.
Spotted over at boingboing.net.
Camera: James Cooper. Editor: Nick Goso. Coding: Dan Donaldson.
CR for the iPad
Read in-depth features and analysis plus exclusive iPad-only content in the Creative Review iPad App. Longer, more in-depth features than we run on the blog, portfolios of great, full-screen images and hi-res video. If the blog is about news, comment and debate, the iPad is about inspiration, viewing and reading. As well as providing exclusive, iPad-only content, the app will also update with new content throughout each month. Try a free sample issue here.
CR In print
In our November issue we look at ad agency Wieden + Kennedy in a major feature as it celebrates its 30th anniversary; examine the practice of and a new monograph on M/M (Paris); investigate GOV.UK, the first major project from the Government Digital Service; explore why Kraftwerk appeals so much to designers; and ponder the future of Instagram. Rick Poynor reviews the Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design; Jeremy Leslie takes in a new exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery dedicated to experimental magazine, Aspen; Mark Sinclair explores Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery show of work by the late graphic designer, Tony Arefin; while Daniel Benneworth-Gray writes about going freelance; and Michael Evamy looks at new telecommunications brand EE’s identity. Plus, subscribers also receive Monograph in which Tim Sumner of tohave-and-tohold.co.uk dips into Preston Polytechnic’s ephemera archive to pick out a selection of printed paper retail bags from the 70s and 80s.
The issue also doubles up as the Photography Annual 2012 – our showcase of the best images in commercial photography produced over the last year. The work selected is as strong as ever, with photographs by the likes of Tim Flach (whose image of a hairless chimp adorns the front cover of the issue, above); Nadav Kander (whose shot of actor Mark Rylance is our Photography Annual cover); Martin Usborne; Peter Lippmann; Giles Revell and more.
Please note, CR now has a limited presence on the newsstand at WH Smith high street stores (although it can still be found in WH Smith travel branches at train stations and airports). If you cannot find a copy of CR in your town, your WH Smith store or a local independent newsagent can order it for you. You can search for your nearest stockist here. Alternatively, call us on 020 7970 4878 to buy a copy direct from us. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 970 4878 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subsc