Daisy Lew felt inspired by New York City icons like the Statue of Liberty and the metropolis’ yellow taxis, and created a pop-up ode to the Big Apple. View the rest of the series on her website.
The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares
The same folks that created The Pop-Up Book of Phobias whipped up this nightmarish compendium. If you have dreams about falling or other unsettling sleep terrors, The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares is perfect to torture yourself with, featuring eye-popping versions of your worst sleepytime visions. Pick up a copy over here, masochist.
The Naughty Nineties: A Saucy Pop-Up Book for Adults Only
Head back to the 1890s and delight in naughty pop-up shenanigans, Victorian-style.
Andy Warhol’s Index
Chris Cerf — who was a senior editor at Random House (co-founded by his father in 1927) — and veteran publishing insider Alan Rinzler teamed up with Andy Warhol in 1967 to create a unique pop-up book. The Random House publication included photos of celebs and 3D spoofs of Warhol’s famous artworks — like a cardboard can of Hunt’s tomato paste.
Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
Matthew Reinhart’s geeky pop-up homage to one of cinema’s enduring classics was a book tie-in to the film’s 30th anniversary in 2007. Since then, fans of the iconic George Lucas film have been drooling over its beautifully executed designs that transport you to a galaxy far, far away.
600 Black Spots
David Carter has made an entire career out of crafting some of the world’s most artistically designed pop-up books — like this one, which focuses on sound. We’ve featured his 600 Black Spots, seemingly inspired by pop art and scavenger hunts.
Pop-Up Calendar Books
German artist Johann Volkmer took a minimalist and monochromatic approach when creating an elegant pop-up calendar that looks more like a wall sculpture (featuring 12 different designs). It’s a lot cooler than the poor excuse for a monthly planner you have sitting on your desk.
Alfred Hitchcock: The Master of Suspense: A Pop-up Book
The films of suspense maestro Alfred Hitchcock spring to life in Kees Moerbeek’s pop-up homage to the director. It’s a nice treat for the cineaste that likes their murder and mayhem in the form of a dizzying, dimensional pictorial — and thankfully it’s the closest we’ll ever get to a 3D version of a Hitchcock film.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation
Adapting John Tenniel’s cherished artwork, Robert Sabuda’s stunning pop-up version of the classic Lewis Carroll story is the book you should have had as a child, but can finally appreciate as an adult. Textures, patterns, and gorgeous paper engineering make this adult-approved version of Alice a keepsake.
CERN’s Proton-Smashing Pop-Up
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) created their own pop-up book to explain how the Large Hadron Collider was created — the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, AKA a physicists’ playground. It rests in a tunnel beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. The book details how the Atlas Experiment — one of the seven particle detector experiments — is part of CERN’s quest to “understand the birth of the universe.”
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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: A Pop-up Book
Wander the pop-up version of the Maine-New Hampshire woods for a while with The God of the Lost and Stephen King — because, you know, that doesn’t sound creepy at all.
Someone created this amazing Lego pop-up book — which reveals a pagoda scene inside — to make us all feel inadequate.
Haunted Philadelphia Pop-Ups
Colette Fu creates collapsible art books that combine her photography and pop-up engineering in an attempt to “eliminate the boundaries between book, installation, photography, craft, and sculpture.” This image of Philadelphia’s City Hall is from a series inspired by the former national capital’s historic architecture and haunted past.
Abandoned Lot Pop-Up
Swedish artist Andreas Johansson created photo collage pop-up series From Where the Sun Now Stands, showing various perspectives of the same abandoned lot.
Counting on the Marsh
Chicago-based artist Shawn Sheehy creates every detail of his gorgeous artist books, composed of handmade paper, linoleum block print illustrations, and delicate, hand-stitched binding.