Today is Jon’s 30th Birthday & he had no idea I had these presents for him. He knew I had been saving for a while to put funds towards our Moroccan holiday so to his mind the adventure holiday IS the birthday present. When we woke up early this morning I gave him the smaller present, making him believe that that was all he was getting from me since we are going away for his Birthday. Once showered, Dressed and having Breakfast I surprised him with the bigger present & card designed by me! I have been planning this for weeks as I wanted him to open up something extraordinary, memorable and tangible for his 30th Birthday. To me this is a great way of keeping a relationship alive & full of magic! Be creative, make the one you love feel special, be spontaneous and keep it simple yet meaningful.
The smaller present are glass coasters with a leaf design for our master bedroom, we drink a lot of Tea and these coasters will fit well with our minimal white bedroom.
The bigger present is a rare book Jon has been wanting for quite a while. The first printed editions were published in the 80′s, those copies are very expensive and hard to find. These newer editions were recently published & again are still on the pricer side of £85, Jon told me months ago that although he’d really love a copy of this unusual & inspiring book, it is not worth buying it at that price. Luckily for me I managed to find a copy of half the price! And since this is an important birthday celebration of Jon’s life I decided to buy it.
We had Chocolate Cake for Breakfast!
So, a little more about the book: Codex Seraphinianus
originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by the Italian artist, architect, and industrial designer Luigi Serafini. The book is approximately 360 pages long (depending on edition), and written in a strange, generally unintelligible alphabet. You can see now why Jon wanted a copy as it will inspire his own art & photography.
The illustrations are often surreal, parodies of things in the real world: bleeding fruit; a plant that grows into roughly the shape of a chair and is subsequently made into one; a lovemaking couple that metamorphoses into an alligator; etc. Others depict odd, apparently senseless machines, often with a delicate appearance, kept together by tiny filaments. There are also illustrations readily recognizable as maps or human faces. On the other hand, especially in the “physics” chapter, many images look almost completely abstract. Practically all figures are brightly coloured and rich in detail.
This edition I bought for Jon is well designed and beautifully presented. It looks just like a Victorian encyclopaedia that could have been discovered in an old library. I am sure Jon will love rummaging through all the pages and it will look amazing with our growing book collection on our new book shelf. Many links to pages of the book have gone viral and there is a free PDF version of the entire book if you’d like to view more pages. I am over the moon that we now own a copy of the elusive yet famous CODEX SERAPHINIANUS!
We have nearly finished packing & we are ready to travel to Morocco tomorrow morning!