Metsola on Woolf

Perhaps one of the loneliest writing I have ever come across just got a colorful upgrade.

Penguin U.K. has collaborated with Aino-Maija Metsola to design six book covers for the Vintage Classics reissue of Virginia Woolf’s most noted works: A Room of One’s Own, The Waves, The Years, Mrs Dalloway, Orlando, and To The Lighthouse.

Metsola’s bold imagery is surprisingly inspired by Woolf’s darker themes that dwell on loneliness, inner struggles, and creativity. Metsola, with her use of ink, markers, and gouache, created vibrant patterns that channel the sceneries, rhythm, and theme Woolf has so fluidly set – and the end result is a beautiful interpretation of Woolf’s stories.

The cover for Mrs. Dalloway abstractly draws from the flowers arranged by the protagonist; The Waves from the rhythms of Woolf’s words; and on the cover of The Years, shapes flow by like passing time.

While we’re on the subject of book covers, here is Chip Kidd’s (a more “mainstream” book designer) entertaining Ted Talk on the art of book design –