7,577,000,000 people 5,360 pages 3,700 years 206 countries
7 books 1 shelf.
Introducing the Juxtaposed: Religion Tenth Anniversary Edition.
This edition of Juxtaposed: Religion equally celebrates the series’ milestone and reinforces its message. “Both the current social and political climate as well as the original shelf’s tenth anniversary prompted us to revisit the design,” says Rob Zinn, Blankblank’s Founder & Creative Director. “What the world needs now is more unification, not division. The series, including Juxtaposed: Power, promotes these ideals as well as elevates information sharing and an exploration of cultural norms around the world,“ continues Zinn. Shares Mike Simonian of designers Mike & Maaike, "In the ten years since Juxtaposed: Religion was first introduced in 2007, the world’s population has increased from 5 billion to 7.5 billion people. Since then, the need for peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding has become ever more critical.”
Each Juxtaposed: Religion shelf includes hardcover copies of The Tao Te Ching, Holy Bible, Qur’an, Bhagavad Gita, Middle-Length Discourses of the Buddha and The Torah. The collection of books is measured to fit exactly into the precision-crafted renewable Pinewood shelf, each book raised to the same level physically and symbolically. “We all have felt the decline of physical books; over the past ten years, sourcing books for our Juxtaposed Series has gotten harder,“ says Maaike Evers of Mike & Maaike. “We would like to highlight the importance of the physicality of certain books. Seeing them related and next to one another, a new message arises. We would like to think that having access to many points of view and creating empathy is at the heart of this project.”
Juxtaposed: Religion was originally produced in a limited edition of 50 bookshelves. This edition sold out quickly and has not been available for purchase since 2008.
Photo of the original Juxtaposed: Religion bookshelf by Mike & Maaike.
Juxtaposed: Power is still currently available in its original limited-edition run of 50.
Juxtaposed: Power by Mike & Maaike for blankblank