Graphic Design

Marian Bantjes / Thames & Hudson book giveaway!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 9th November 2010

Amazing wallpapers by Marian Bantjes for Maharam

Marian Bantjes is a world-reknowned designer, typographer, writer and illustrator from Canada.  She’s especially famous for her super detailed illustrations and intricate hand worked patterns… and she must be doing something right because some of the coolest companies and publications across the globe are lining up to collaborate with her.! Just this year she’s made a Laser Sailboat for *Wallpaper Magazine, customised chairs and a table by Dutch design house Droog, and made some seriously INCREDIBLE wallpapers with boutique interiors brand Maharam.  Jeepers.  Big year!

Marian’s Laser Sailboat for *Wallpaper Magazine

Droog collaboration

I also REALLY love Marian’s more personal  Valentine’s day card project from earlier his year – laser-cut from recycled Christmas cards!? Simple genius!

Marian’s Valentine’s day card project earlier this year

Marian has a new book out.  It is truly SO beautiful…. 208 pages of luscious layouts and gold foil goodness… and best of all, Thames & Hudson REALLY wanna give one to one lucky Design Files reader! :)

To be in the running to win a copy of ‘I Wonder’ by Marian Bantjes, just leave your comment here by the end of the day (Tuesday November 9th in Melbourne!).  The winner will be drawn at random and will be contacted by email tomorrow!  If you subscribe to these posts by email, you just need to pop over to and leave your comment to enter!

HUGE THANKS to Thames & Hudson for this very lovely giveaway!  Fingers crossed for many more T&H design book giveaways in the future!

*Update – the winning comment has been drawn and the lucky number  is #174- SDG!  Congratulations to Sarah, and thanks so much for all your entries!  This giveaway is now closed.

Pages from ‘I Wonder’… Love the pasta patterns!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 9th November 2010


  • Rachel Abbey 6 years ago

    I saw Marian Bantjes speak at FIT here in New York last Monday. It was SO interesting to hear her talk about her work, her inspiration and her book. She’s very down-to-earth and was wearing the most amazing boots (my iPhone photo didn’t do them justice). She’s a true inspiration to anyone who has a vision and the desire to share it with the world.

  • Prudence Lansell 6 years ago


  • Stephanie Kurth 6 years ago

    Looks beautiful! Great cover and title.

  • Melissa 6 years ago

    Beautiful designs. What a talented woman.

  • Jill Ruchel 6 years ago

    Oh, these are divine! I could just sink into their lusciousness. I’m dying to see more of her work.

  • Natalie 6 years ago

    wow, this book looks amazing! i would love to own it and peruse it while drinking a big cuppa tea!

  • Jill Ruchel 6 years ago

    Where can we buy this book – it didn’t come up on a search of Thames and Hudsons’s site.

  • tiffany 6 years ago

    I wonder if I’ll be lucky enough to win this! Fingers crossed!

  • Paula 6 years ago

    All I want is a book somewhere….these are a few of my favourite things

  • Beth 6 years ago

    oh wow, those vday cards are amazing! thanks for a great giveaway Lucy!

  • c-los 6 years ago

    Life is a chance
    Make use out of it
    Life is beautiful
    Admire it

  • Carla Tucker 6 years ago

    How beautiful!!!!!!

  • Brigid Sundborn 6 years ago

    Wow – what beautiful cards. Would love the book!

  • daisy 6 years ago

    what a divine looking book of such incredible work.

  • Katie 6 years ago

    I love this creative chick! I remember the talk she gave for TED (Ideas worth Spreading). She is a captivating presenter and her recycled Christmas card idea encapsulates beautiful design principles and represent a genuine gesture about sharing the love and beauty around in this world. She is truly an inspiration. Like all her work this books is an abject of pure original beauty – I would treasure this book for ever.

  • Galit 6 years ago

    Thanks for this post – she is so amazing!
    I love her work and her passion – truly inspiring

  • Jane Hall 6 years ago

    If only I had a mind that worked this creatively! I want to wallpaper my lounge room with those valentines day cards….. then I would feel loved all year round.

  • Rose 6 years ago

    You don’t disappoint! I love that your daily introduces me to some of the most beautiful eye candy.The diversity of the work of this woman truly is amazing.

  • Sharon 6 years ago

    Absolute creative genius…I’d adore those pages & dream of having even a speck of Marian’s vision.

  • Leila Sanderson 6 years ago

    Oooooo yes please Lucy! X

  • Jonathan 6 years ago

    book looks amazing.

  • Lee 6 years ago

    How wonderful – the Valentines day cards are such a lovely example of great ideas inspiring great design.

  • Bec 6 years ago

    the book looks just wondrous! Thankyou for another amazing give-a-way!

  • Pamela Oberman 6 years ago

    Katie’s comment at 7.24am was surely a winner, but if she doesn’t win, I would adore
    to be the keeper of this devine book – or artwork within itself.

  • DesB 6 years ago

    Stunning Work…Just Stunning!!! Love the cover…

  • Bec 6 years ago

    Love the pattern plaid wallpaper…and the pasta pattern. Very cool! X

  • Amy sloss 6 years ago

    Please, please, please

  • ruth hickson 6 years ago

    What a beautiful looking book!

  • Hannah 6 years ago

    Such amazing detail, what a talent!

  • Siobhan donoghue 6 years ago

    Fantastic! Great post.

  • Jackie 6 years ago

    What a lovely book!

  • Kerry 6 years ago

    Wow, what an extraordinary talent and an amazing book. Love those recycled christmas cards…makes me want to try it but who am I kidding!

  • Lynda 6 years ago

    Would love this book please

  • Martina 6 years ago

    Very inspiring and talented!

  • Jackie 6 years ago

    I can imagine whiling away many hours and days marvelling at this book!

  • Jessica 6 years ago

    Wow, interesting work.

    Greetings from not so sunny Stockholm.

  • kay wooff 6 years ago

    I would love to win this beautiful book which is full of inspirational ideas

  • catie 6 years ago

    I wonder at Marian Bantjes and I wonder if I’ll win… Xx

  • rachel 6 years ago

    its about time we got serious about pattern!

  • Jenny 6 years ago

    Love it! YESSSSS PLEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!

  • Susie white 6 years ago

    I’m excited and it’s my birthday xxx

  • Lou 6 years ago

    I wonder.. indeed!

  • Lala 6 years ago

    Great book – and a beautiful object in itself!

  • Rae Borlase 6 years ago

    I Wonder-ful….delight-ful…colour-ful…

  • Sarah 6 years ago

    I have never seen this artist before, I love this work! Very inspirational, I love the textures, the creative use of laser cutting, as a huge fan of laser cutting I really enjoy what she did with these Valentine cards, fabulous.

  • neddy 6 years ago

    Looks amazing .. what incredible designs!

  • Zoe Jones 6 years ago

    Hate to judge a book by its cover, but I think on this occassion it’s safe to say, that book is amazing!

  • Sam 6 years ago

    Wow. Thanks for this introduction. What beautiful work. Thank you

  • Lauren 6 years ago

    Thanks for another fabulous give-away. This looks like an absolutley amazing book. Thank you!

  • micha 6 years ago

    Thiis book looks fascinating..

  • natalia 6 years ago

    A kaleidoscope of amazing. yes please!!!

  • Belinda 6 years ago

    What an amazingly talented woman is Marian Bantjes! Not only is her idea to create Valentines Day cards from pre loved Christmas Cards very insightful, but what a great way to recycle. Love her work!!

  • amelia 6 years ago

    i also saw her on ted- wasn’t she wonderful- i have been pestering my husband for this book for my sunday birthday but it can be tricky to track down in a tinsy country town

  • kathryn hall 6 years ago

    Oh dear, please come my way. Please….

  • Nellie 6 years ago

    i wonder i wonder i wonder. great book! x

  • Olivia 6 years ago

    Stunning, simply beautiful…
    I would love a copy Santa!!! Please xxx

  • Fiona Edge 6 years ago

    wow beautiful sense of style and colour. Love to win the book

  • Luz 6 years ago

    I love the intricate detailing. A true artist!

  • Carolyn 6 years ago

    I love Marian’s typography! Can’t wait to see the book…

  • madeleine brown 6 years ago

    that is all.
    thanks Lucy!

  • Adam 6 years ago

    stunning work, I love it

  • sarah 6 years ago

    i’d love a copy!!!

  • Sophie 6 years ago

    Gorgeous designs that have brightened my morning

  • Camilla Stirling 6 years ago

    if only i could win!

  • Alex 6 years ago

    What inspiration! And to make such beautiful Valentines cards out of something recycled… genius.

  • Joanna 6 years ago

    Delightfully amazing pieces! Bright ideas and collaboration are never understated… I’ll be keeping a close eye on Marians beautiful work!

  • Natalie Townsend 6 years ago

    Wow… stunning.

  • Emily 6 years ago

    Love love love Marian Bantjes amazing work.

  • Gabriela 6 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous!

  • Elizabeth Geddes 6 years ago

    OMG love at first sight. Shall be buying this anyway I suppose.

  • Peter 6 years ago

    Very luxurious design

  • emma 6 years ago

    Yes yes yes, I want to win this book! If nothing else, I’d love to have it just for it’s amazing cover…

  • lauren 6 years ago

    amazing work, so intricate.
    love it !

  • seona 6 years ago

    how wonderful to see such a traditional notion of pattern making in such contemporary and relevant contexts… amazing imagery – excellent brain food!

  • Kate 6 years ago

    Love love love to win this!!

  • nicky 6 years ago

    wonder … such is the magic. What inspiration.

  • Filipe 6 years ago

    I saw her at AGI Open, in Oporto, last month. She talked about her work process, which involved a lot of sleeping. A LOT. Anyway, it was a great talk, this book was sold out in the venue half an hour later!

  • Erin 6 years ago

    wow the book looks amazing! i want it, i want it!!

  • Mandy 6 years ago

    Oh PRETTY! Yes please!

  • Melita Amore 6 years ago

    OMG her work is amazing. The book would be divine eye candy and also inspiring. Sensational giveaway. melita xx

  • chrissie 6 years ago

    I would love to have this extraordinary book – and to spend time enjoying every single page. What an extraordinary talent.

  • Cat 6 years ago

    I wonder… could it be more beautiful?

  • Allison Taylor 6 years ago

    Count me in. thanks Lucy!!

  • Amy 6 years ago

    oooooooooooooooooooooooo there are no words to match this paper goodness I am in love with todays post Lucy !

  • Maria Pena 6 years ago

    The recycled Valentine cards are just genius! I would love to see more, more more.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  • KATE 6 years ago

    Love Marian Bantjes! I saw her at a SP a few years ago and she was very inspirational. Would looove to win this one! Thanks TDF

  • Rachel 6 years ago

    Always a great and inspirational start to my working day :)

  • come over sunday 6 years ago

    That feathery wallpaper is breathtaking. Marian’s work is fresh and stunning – what an incredible talent!

  • Fee 6 years ago

    Fantastic post Lucy – so creative and inspirational. Love the valentine cards!

  • Binky 6 years ago

    It’s amazing what you can do with pasta! I would love love that incredible book.

  • jason 6 years ago

    she’s alright…

  • emma aiston 6 years ago

    how wonderful! i want it, i want it!!

  • Laura 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I’m such a huge fan of Marian Bantjes. She’s amazing.
    Please count me in for this wonderful giveaway.

  • darby Hudson 6 years ago


  • Mirjam Spronk 6 years ago

    Oooooh what an awesome book! I love it. Thank you for your post Lucy that is just beautiful, great to learn more about this designer. xxx

  • Anna Di Pietro 6 years ago

    How lovely to open up your emails each morning and find something delightful to brighten your day! Yet another fantastic inspiration!

  • Sandy De Vetre 6 years ago

    Supercalafragalisticxpalodoscious!!!!!!!! Not much else to say really.

  • ike levick 6 years ago

    Hi Design Files

    Not only do I love your website and fabulous insights into artists’ homes, lives and inspiration (and the photos are the icing on the cake), I love your ability to come up with these great giveaway ideas! Congratulations! I am always excited when I see one of your emails in my inbox! Thank you! And this book would be just wonderful, but don’t worry, I don’t expect to win after picking the horse that came third in the Melbourne Cup!

  • Lindsay Fisher 6 years ago

    Soo totally beautiful. I wish I was half as clever. I would love love love that beautiful book!!!!

  • DonnaZ 6 years ago

    pick me Lucy!!

  • Olivia Lynn Robertson 6 years ago

    Love Marian’s work, just been learning about her on my design course so the book would come in really useful :)

  • zette spaghetti 6 years ago

    My coffee table is lonely and much in need of a friend! Specifically, this one!

  • iris 6 years ago

    it is so nice to see the work evolving.
    would love the book!

  • JB 6 years ago

    Looks Amazing!!

  • Stacey 6 years ago

    Wow! I love that table, and those beautiful valentine cards.!

  • JenniferH 6 years ago

    Wow! She of my most favourite typographers and designers in the world! I do hope I am the lucky one who wins!

  • sarah 6 years ago

    This book would be perfect on my new vintage coffee table!

  • Steph 6 years ago

    What a stunning looking book!

  • Kate 6 years ago

    I can’t wait to be inspired! What an amazing looking publication

  • Rachel 6 years ago

    What a wonderful way to see the world..

  • Lorraine 6 years ago

    eye-wateringly pretty

  • Dominique Brammah 6 years ago

    and here is my comment. WOW! Absolutely beautiful. xxxxxx

  • Madeline 6 years ago

    What a wondrous book! I love it – thanks Lucy, another inspiring designer to brighten up my world!

  • Lucie 6 years ago

    Just beautiful!

  • janelle 6 years ago

    It looks like a fairy book!

  • Marianne McKenzie 6 years ago

    The simplicity and randomness of her designs bring order and vivacity to our lives. Beautiful!!

  • Jo 6 years ago

    What a stunning book! Absolutely beautiful.

  • Ella 6 years ago

    Spectacular book, very inspiring.

  • Nola 6 years ago

    Thank you for introducing me to such an amazing illustrator, I haven’t come across Marian Bantjes before. I love the table made in collaboration with Droog!

  • ms 6 years ago

    ooh ahh, yes please!

  • Georgina A 6 years ago

    Wonder is the first of all the passions!

  • Shalala 6 years ago

    Waaaahhhh! Want.

  • shka 6 years ago

    thames and hudson! this might actually be the coolest looking book ever..

  • Carmen 6 years ago


  • laura 6 years ago

    ooh gold foil goodness, i love it. thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

  • elise 6 years ago

    I do wonder!

  • jen hall 6 years ago

    this book looks wonderful. me please. x

  • Jen Arnold 6 years ago

    I LOVE IT!

  • Jenna 6 years ago

    She’s amazing and her book is amazing and I would love a touch of the amazing-ness in my own two hands!

  • jorja 6 years ago

    To have this book would continue to inspire me, im blown away by Marian’s wonderful work!

  • Kate 6 years ago

    Just looking at the cover has me running to the book store! What incredible layered design and attention to detail.

  • Vanessa Steele 6 years ago

    Looks like a beautiful inspirational book.. How clever Marian is… make a great Christmas gift.

  • Lou 6 years ago


  • Marsh Estate 6 years ago

    Textures and patterns have such an effect on our design ethos. From feathers to geometric patterns, how fabulous!

  • Anna 6 years ago

    Looks very interesting. I’d love to add this to my design book collection.

  • Donna 6 years ago

    Wow waht a beautiful book – LOVE IT!!!

  • Jillian 6 years ago

    *fingers-crossed* !!!!!!!!!

  • Genevieve 6 years ago

    A book of designer dreams!

  • Mimi K 6 years ago

    What a gorgeous looking book. Would love to win it.

  • Kate 6 years ago

    Looks gorgeous!!

  • Scott 6 years ago

    Beautiful book

  • thomas 6 years ago

    I WONDER if I will be lucky enough to win this time round

  • Kym 6 years ago

    Perfect for the pattern obsessed (me!) :)

  • Mel 6 years ago

    What a great looking book…. !!!

  • Aneta 6 years ago

    I hope it’s my lucky day!! fingers crossed

  • Jane 6 years ago

    So beautiful.

  • Brendan Hardy 6 years ago

    T&H do it again, what a great book and what a wonderful inspiring person to do a book on/with/for… Truly there could be mountains more I am sure of it… put me in the draw! thanks.

  • Miriam 6 years ago

    Those pasta patterns… incr-edible!!
    Can’t wait to see more of what’s in the book…:)

  • Fran 6 years ago

    Would absolutely love it!!!

  • Lee 6 years ago

    This is such a beautiful book. Keeping my fingers crossed that I just might be the lucky recipient.

  • vera b 6 years ago

    oh the pasta pattern is so good it’s killing me!

  • Dee Peraic 6 years ago

    Would love to win this, what a beautiful book!

  • Liza 6 years ago

    Clever girl, clever book… maybe I can be clever by taking a look.

  • Su 6 years ago

    Stunning book and would love to win it

  • Kate 6 years ago

    I have a quiet obsession with wallpaper :) – this book looks stunning and i would love it!

  • Belinda Jessup 6 years ago

    design, typography, illustration, inspirational writing and intricate hand worked patterns in a beautiful book what more could you ask for!

  • Natasha 6 years ago

    a really beautiful book

  • lisa hamilton 6 years ago

    seriously clever.amazingly creative. so good.delighted to be in the draw.. Thankyou.

  • Lx @ my mr lugs 6 years ago

    All I can say is …. WOW
    And all I can do is … Drool …. ….

  • Elle 6 years ago

    Such beautiful illustrations! Very inspirational!

    xx elle

  • Caroline 6 years ago

    Design Files always manage to make my day, so many levels of gorgeousness.

  • tee 6 years ago

    gorgeous gorgeous!! …and that sailboat is amazing!

  • Angie 6 years ago

    Amazing work!!

  • Sarah 6 years ago

    great wallpaper. great book!

  • leah 6 years ago

    so gorgeous x

  • astrid 6 years ago

    What a stunning book, and stunning photos. Is this wallpaper avaiable in Australia? Might have to do an OS trip to source some just so I can redesign my apartment….. But in the mean time, the book would provide so much inspiration. Thanks for sharing her work with us.

  • paula mills 6 years ago

    O WOW! Would love to have a copy of this book – looks amazing, thanks Lucy and Thames & Hudson for the chance to win it! Cheers Paula

  • Louise Boyle 6 years ago

    That book really needs to come up to Townsville to inspire us. SEriously, Townsville needs that book, and I will make sure it gets shared!

  • Ivana Perkins 6 years ago

    Divine designs and superb colours – truly beautiful work.

  • jaqpot 6 years ago

    Sigh…looks like Thames & Hudson have done it again…hooray!

  • Amanda 6 years ago

    wow, really really beautiful. I’d love one Lucy, thank-you!!!! xx

  • Andrea 6 years ago

    Sooo refreshing to see ornate design, a real blast of pattern; compared to the minimal expanses we see all the pages of most mags – wonderful!

  • Clare 6 years ago

    *swoon* Must know more about this fab lady! Two thumbs up to T&H. Really giving Taschen a run for their money these days.

  • SDG 6 years ago

    Just stunning!

  • Karen 6 years ago

    serious gorgeousness! what a luscious looking publication.

  • emma 6 years ago

    Utterly heavenly . . . . Glorious cover too !
    Thanks for sharing such amazing work with us, yet again, Miss Lucy !
    x x

  • Sarah Easson 6 years ago

    Truly inspiring. Ignites a love for great design all over again!

  • Maureen 6 years ago


  • Jacinta 6 years ago

    shiny = awesome!

  • Juliet 6 years ago

    oh WOW i can’t tell you how much I would love this book! great giveaway!

  • Belinda 6 years ago

    would love!

  • Lynda 6 years ago

    I have developed a bad case of book lust for this glorious book!

  • Alice 6 years ago

    love her work her style and her passion…inspiration personified.

  • Amie Mason 6 years ago

    I first saw Marian on TED and have been following her amazing work ever since. She is so dedicated and frankly, a little obsessive!

  • Lauren T 6 years ago

    Love! Love her work

  • Stephanie 6 years ago

    I love the intricate details of her work!

  • Annie Gobel 6 years ago

    What a book….. Would be a really good source for my works as an inspiration!

  • Betra Fraval 6 years ago

    So inspirational…I want one! Going to the studio to make something…

  • Annabel 6 years ago

    Christmas has come early!

  • Daisy 6 years ago

    Oooh what a delicious looking book! Love the gold edged pages that promise treasures inside…

  • Michelle Vivado 6 years ago

    How utterly beautiful!
    This gorgeous book would make a fabulous birthday gift to myself.

  • Jenn 6 years ago

    What gorgeous work!

  • Susie 6 years ago

    Gorgeous & inspiring. Getting outta bed & heading to craft room! Amazing woman. Love the laser cut hearts.

  • Ami bassett 6 years ago

    How fantastic! Nothing like a hard cover! XX

  • wendy june 6 years ago


  • Jessica Lowther 6 years ago

    I get very excited by a bit of foil finish!

  • Emily 6 years ago

    I especially love the noodle page- a gorgeous and witty version of an illuminated manuscript. Love at first sight!

  • Sandra D 6 years ago

    The book looks like it could be magical.

  • Sian 6 years ago

    an inspiring book, beautiful for a Christmas present

  • Kerry Smith 6 years ago

    I would love to have and to hold.

  • Tia 6 years ago

    How lovely! Yes please :O)

  • Suzie 6 years ago

    I am always Wondering so I am sure this amazing book must have my name on it….please, please, please

  • Jess Kav 6 years ago

    What a beautiful book! xx

  • Jean 6 years ago

    Her designs are just incredible!

  • Sinead 6 years ago

    She is a true inspiration on so many levels!!!

  • Diane 6 years ago

    Ooh, I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  • sarah 6 years ago

    i’m in awe.

  • loredana 6 years ago

    oh my! how WONDERfull

  • Isabel 6 years ago

    thank you marian and lucy for bringing beauty to my day.
    makes me smile inside and out!

  • Lorraine 6 years ago

    Inspiration – that’s what i need. Luv luv the book.

  • Anna Bartlett 6 years ago

    Yes, please count me in. Just what I need!

  • Lisa Di Crescenzo 6 years ago

    A wondrous feast of visual wonders!

  • Talia 6 years ago

    yes please!!!!

  • Mary G 6 years ago

    Makes me smile :)

  • Lydia B 6 years ago

    Stunning work!!

  • Georgia Mason 6 years ago

    magpie alert!

  • Georgie B 6 years ago

    Wow – Marian’s work is incredible! Intricate, complex and beautiful. I’m hooked! The pasta is amazing!
    Very curious to sink my teeth into the book! …. :)

  • Kate 6 years ago

    beautiful cover

  • michelle 6 years ago

    amazing detail!

  • Nicki 6 years ago

    Oh to be that talented. Thanks for such a lovely prize.

  • Bronwyn 6 years ago

    ‘a feast for visual gluttons’.. I’m hungry!

  • tess 6 years ago

    Love Marians work and that Droog collab!

  • Becky 6 years ago

    This looks incredible. Incredible enough to make the perfect gift for my pattern-crazy sister for christmas x

  • RUBY 6 years ago

    I hope I’m not too late! <3

  • Meaghan 6 years ago

    So pretty! I love the ideas – just a few above and yet so shiny!

  • Andrea Lee 6 years ago

    What a fantastic idea, such beautiful cards, the best kind of recycling!

  • Trinity 6 years ago

    Her Droog table reminds me of Wiener Werkstatte signature blocks.

  • Giselle 6 years ago

    My computer is playing up and I’d love a good book to drool over in lieu of design blogs :-)

  • Kerrie 6 years ago

    I am an art teacher in a primary school and would love to share this stunning book and divine designs with some budding artists.

  • Lara 6 years ago

    I love the feather wallpaper, what a beautiful book, one to treasure I think!

  • Lynne Udell 6 years ago

    Marion Bantjes truely rocks and is absolutely inspirational. She has a great talk on Ted Talks called Intricate Beatuy By Design which elaborates on her talent including the fab cards. I applaud her and her work that feeds the world with a touch of ‘happy’!

  • Wendy Fox 6 years ago

    She is a very special, interesting and truly inspiring unique talent in the design world.

  • Mummageorge 6 years ago

    Wallpaper extraordinaire!

  • Cory Hartono 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! I would love to win a copy of this book!

  • Elisha 6 years ago

    Marian’s book looks so beautiful and I am in love with it already. Please Santa if you are listening let me have one for Christmas!

  • Catherine H 6 years ago

    I. Want.

  • Maren 6 years ago

    I heard Marian Bantjes talk at Semipermanent in Auckland last year and her passion still stayed in my head. I would love to see her new book!

  • Cathg1g2 6 years ago

    Oooh I wonder if I am the winner? H

  • Artezen 6 years ago

    Thank you for introducing me to ‘I Wonder’ & Marian Bantje’s work.
    As a painter working by myself sometimes you begin to question your diverse passion in; textures, random items in collections having meaning and context. To see just a glimpse of the way Marian observes was INSPIRATIONAL .

  • Luci 6 years ago

    Looks incredible!

  • KP 6 years ago

    I would REALLY love to win this! :D

  • Amanda McPherson 6 years ago

    What a fabulous book! Love, love, love! A

  • adele 6 years ago

    yes please!

  • Jen 6 years ago

    Oooo, divine… I can just see it on my coffee table!

  • Karin 6 years ago

    So beautiful!! Thank you!

  • Pippa 6 years ago

    WOW, it’s beautiful!

  • Lyndal 6 years ago


  • Nicola 6 years ago

    Love ♡ LOVE recycled xmas cards!

  • Belinda 6 years ago

    Breathless.. So breathless..

  • Kim 6 years ago

    SWOON! Such beautiful and thoughtful designs (Marian = genius) and to have them all in one gorgeous book – a treasure to pine for. oh how I wish my book budgets extended to gold on the fore edge. Thank you T&H for this lovely book.

  • Nichola Jephcott 6 years ago


  • Michael 6 years ago

    A stunning book – thanks for the giveaway!

  • Liza 6 years ago

    A book of beauty & endless inspiration.

  • Alex 6 years ago

    An incredible artist, and if I might say so, a great hook which, reading the comments, has flushed out some interesting takes on her work, and a seal of approval for Design Files. The age of hi-def web based information has ironically/inevitably lead to design based books becoming even more tactile, detailed and luscious. Bantje’s book is no exception – you just want to run your fingers over that cover! And her work is so inspirational because she takes a simple idea, like recycling old cards, and delivers in such a way such that the intricacy and intimacy of her designs does not betray the singularity of thought that she began with. Thanks for giving it such excellent coverage and I look forward to your next post!

  • Tara Badcock 6 years ago

    Oh Sigh! This woman’s work is incredible and glamorous in its honesty and approach to recycling and her book looks sublimely delicious- good enough to pore over for months & years….I so hope I win this!!! Thank you for always sharing such amazing stories and individuals’ work and visions!

  • barbara 6 years ago

    have been coveting this book…her work is incredible. What a prize!

  • Louise 6 years ago

    ♡ I would love to win this beautiful book! Thank you so much. ♡

  • Bella 6 years ago

    Fantastic prize!!!

  • Gemma 6 years ago

    What a beautiful cover and book, and amazing giveaway!

  • elly 6 years ago

    This book looks like a jewel. She has such an innovative talent.

  • Tam 6 years ago

    Wow !!!!!! just WOW !!! So amazing… So beautiful.. :-)

  • Lucy 6 years ago

    WOW its like she took whats inside my brain and made it into beauty. Please oh please lord of typography let me win :)

  • Robyn Beyer 6 years ago

    If I won this truly gorgeous book I would give it to my daughter Georgie who is a design student….I know she would jump for joy!

  • Anna 6 years ago

    what a gorgeous book! I would surely love to win this

  • Candice 6 years ago

    Lovely work. I saw her speak at the Design Indaba in South Africa some time ago and she was truly inspiring!

  • John 6 years ago

    Yes yes YES!!!!!

  • nina 6 years ago

    wow! this book looks so inspiring and beautiful!

  • debra Smith 6 years ago

    This book looks amazing — such yummy eye candy and inspiration!

  • Anna 6 years ago

    Another brilliant giveaway – this book is gorgeous. x

  • louisa cunningham 6 years ago

    this book looks like it full of divine inspiration…… if i dont win i think ill just have to purchase;)

  • Jane Hardjono 6 years ago

    I am always working at building on my cultural/creative/design/beautiful book library and this would be the perfect addition!

  • Cath Carlisle 6 years ago

    Fabulous offer, great opportunity to receive a beautiful book!!

  • Anna Walker 6 years ago

    Hope I am not too was a sprint to the end of this long long list…Would love to discover more about Marian’s work…looks wonderfully whimsical…

  • Kirsten 6 years ago

    i love patterns – the more intricate the better. these are just so gorgeous and clever.

  • Prasangi 6 years ago

    Ooh! Such beautiful and creative pages! :)

  • Therese O'Donoghue 6 years ago

    Santa need not stop at my place unless this book is in the sack! Unless I win a copy!!

  • Kel Langeliers 6 years ago

    I need to win that book for my designalicious best friend. A woman with serious style, legendary design vision and an appointment to go into hospital on Wednesday. How I would love to send Marian’s gorgeous designs with her. Did someone say ‘little ray ‘o design-shine?!’

  • Nancy 6 years ago

    The woman deserves and award for most intricate, flamboyant, textured and enchanting designs ever !! The book would provide great inspiration for me as a student of Surface Design at the moment !

  • Clare 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! Would so love to win this one! x

  • Kat 6 years ago

    Such beautiful patterns! would love a copy :)

  • Amanda 6 years ago

    fantstic designer, and book. Great inspiration.

  • Lizzie 6 years ago

    dreamy, truly inspirational…

  • FS 6 years ago

    The cover itself is a piece of art, I can only imagine the brilliance inside. What a talented artist, thank you Design Files for once again enriching my world.

  • Grant 6 years ago

    Stunning book and walls that make me swoon.

  • Ross 6 years ago

    would really love this book

  • Frances Victor 6 years ago

    Marian’s work is pure guilded brilliance. I love it and really want to see that gorgeous book!

  • Elaine Oliver 6 years ago

    Fabulous book! What a wonderful giveaway…I’d LOVE to find space on my bookshelf for it …it would be in great company! Cheers :o)

  • Hannah Dollery 6 years ago

    This book is beautiful! I have always admired Marion Bantjes! She is such an incredible typographer!

  • alex zabotto-bentley 6 years ago

    Marian’s work with simple white refined sugar and Stefan Sagmeister could possibly be the classiest most controlled and poignant example of modern consumer pop art.

    and as a stylist at heart it touched me very deeply.

    pure genius.. i have trawled her website for years watching her upload a poster for a graphic exhibtion here a collab with another artists there.

    she is a dream

  • Tilana Hoffman 6 years ago

    Please please please don’t let me be to late, I always get confused with the time!
    I love love love Marian Bandjies, she is the most inspiring person of our age, her
    designs just make you happy. You should watch the talk she gave at TED I’ve
    watched it over and over again.

  • Stephen P 6 years ago

    absolutely love the look of this book – and have always been a big fan of marian bantjes.
    So loving her wallpapers………….
    Pick me
    Pick me
    Thanks for the opportunity

  • Erin 6 years ago

    I wonder if I am lucky enough …..

  • Dean 6 years ago

    What a beautifully creative mind she has. Truely inspiring!

  • Claire 6 years ago

    Amazing, pretty please with cherries!

  • Lindsay 6 years ago

    Wow! Great work published by Thames & Hudson in all its “foil’y” goodness! Wow!

  • Emily 6 years ago

    holy moly – how amazing
    pick me pick me!!!

  • Nicola T 6 years ago

    oooohh lovely, would love this book so much :-)

  • Amanda 6 years ago

    Oooh, I’d love this gorgeous book!

  • James 6 years ago

    I wonder how my life would be,
    If once I could win a book for free.
    To be my muse and my coffee table’s chum,
    Rest assured for this I would bang the “Design Files” Drum!

  • Ian Hall 6 years ago

    Amazing set of designs, really inspiring, makes me want to see more……
    Must get hold of a copy ;)

  • Laure 6 years ago

    She’s my goddess, my inspiration…
    Just wish to get more inspired… Please, please, pick me!
    Take care XOXO

  • mim 6 years ago

    so so beautiful

  • Renee 6 years ago

    What an amazing mind she has…the power of creativity and its ability to inspire. Seems that she embodies that spirit.

  • Jess 6 years ago

    Amazing amazing amazing… Marian’s work is truly a feast for the senses. Love it!

  • Jorge 6 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • haruko 6 years ago

    how magical!

  • Ri 6 years ago

    So incredibly lovely!

  • georgina 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • AYSHA LATIEF 6 years ago

    yay i won a book!

  • Suzie 6 years ago

    A truly amazing book by an amazingly talented woman. You could get lost for hours in each image.

  • Amy 6 years ago

    I hope to be this good one day!

  • Irene 6 years ago

    Wow, what a wonderful book. these designs beg to be inspiration for lots and lots of other projects

  • Dee 6 years ago

    One word, LOVE.

  • Camila F. 6 years ago

    Sooooo gorgeous! I think I need this book!

  • Jenny 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful piece!

  • anna 6 years ago

    This book would be am amazing prize. I am obsessed with wallpaper right now.

  • Natalie 6 years ago

    Ahhh I hope I make it in time for the giveaway, I am SO in love with Marian Bantjes’ work!

  • briana 6 years ago

    Wow. This book looks amazing!

  • Jessie 6 years ago

    Those christmas cards are the sweetest things, such a creative use for old christmas cards!!

  • Grace M 6 years ago

    What a wealth of inspriration.

  • ix 6 years ago

    Another giveaway?! wow…!!!

  • Nat Power 6 years ago

    yep, love it.

  • Saf 6 years ago


  • samantha 6 years ago

    such detailed and lovingly enamored vector art, Marian Bantjes is an inspiration to all!!! I LOVE IT!

  • Catherine 6 years ago

    It’s beautiful – would love to win it!

  • maiemaie 6 years ago

    Gilded goodness gracious for me?

  • Bree 6 years ago

    delicious : )

  • JacQueline 6 years ago


  • Sally Huguenin 6 years ago

    yummy yummy, that book would rock my world!

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