The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty | The Chandra Tribune

A Novel Aesthetic: The City of Brass

What do you get when you take everything you love about a book cover design and translate it into a home decor or interior design mood board? A whole new kind of novel aesthetics.

A Novel Aesthetic: The City of Brass | The Chandra Tribune

1. Gold Beaded Table Lamp | 2. Espresso Carved Arch Console Table
3. Marrakesh Kilim Pillow | 4. Pierced Moroccan Lantern
5. Bornova Side Table | 6. Oversized Moroccan Wool Pouf

7. Olhouser Chesterfield Chair | 8. Elliana Mirror
9. Square Embossed Accent Table | 10. Vintage Hamadan Medallion Distressed Rug

I got the idea a couple of weeks ago while sitting in my living room, a copy of S. A. Chakraborty’s debut fantasy novel The City of Brass sitting next to me. It’s been sitting there for some time now. Like weeks.

Why? Because the cover and interior book designs are just so freakin’ gorgeous.

You can’t tell in the digital photo, but all the brass color parts have a metallic sheen to them, and the title is also embossed. It’s just a really well-done design. (The only issue I have is the interior font itself; I find it too distracting and wouldn’t be able to read the whole novel with it. Luckily, I’ve already read the e-book version instead.)

So why create a mood board? Well, some of you may know that my background is in interior design. I used to work with clients and would create mood boards to give them an idea of what updating their homes could look like. I used a different kind of layout and format in that case, but the board I made for The City of Brass is a similar idea only less literal—this goes here and that goes there—and more conceptual. Also, this one is less a historically or culturally accurate interpretation and based more on a mood or feeling, hence the term “mood board.”

Anyway, I thought this would be a fun little exercise. It’s been a while since I made one of these. 🙂 I started with the rug (it’s one I actually have in my home now; highly recommended!) and branched off from there. You can check out the Pinterest board I started with, as well, if you’d like to see more furniture and home decor that’s in a similar vein to what’s on the board.

My living/dining room as gone through a lot of changes recently. | The Chandra Tribune
Living room and photograph by Yours Truly.

What are some of your favorite book cover designs?

Do you have books that you keep around just because they’re pretty? Also, would you like to see more of these kinds of boards? Let me know in the comments!

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