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Milan-based design duo CARNOVSKY was started by Silvia Quintanilla and Francesco Rugi in 2007. They have gained wide recognition for their RGB project, first displayed in 2010. Their work has been published in magazines around the world, such as Vogue, Wired, Frame, Wallpaper, Elle Décor, and Whitewall. Their wallpaper 'Jungla' won the 2012 Wallpaper Magazine Design Award for Best Wallpaper.
Where do you write/draw? e.g. Home/studio/writing shed…
How do you get the ideas for your books/illustrations?
In our work ideas may come from many different places, a particular image, a story, a trip, even a song, among others, or a mix of them
Who has influenced your style?
Max Ernst’s Une semaine de bonté, Henri Rousseau jungles among many others visual influences
Can you describe your latest book in around 15 words?
An adventurous and colourful journey around the world in ten natural habitats
What is your favourite children’s book?
The Jungle book, The Hobbit and old illustrated encyclopaedias
A novelty book unlike any other Illuminature provides extraordinary views of the natural world via coloured filters. Look at a page of tangled, coloured lines through the red lens and a host of animals suddenly spring into view; move the green lens over the picture and their natural habitat appears, vivid, detailed and beautiful; finally, look through the blue lens and find the nocturnal animals that share the area but remain hidden in daylight. It gives readers an extraordinary sensation of being in the featured habitat alongside the animals. Each Observation Deck, as the 3D spreads are called, is followed by pages of information on the area you’ve just explored and on the animals encountered, short pieces of text accompanying fine black and white illustrations. A book that conveys a great deal of information and a sense of wonder at the majesty of the natural world. ~ Andrea Reece