Vinyl bookends anyone?

Just spotted in John Lewis (or Coles as us retro locals still stubbornly call it) from a company called Spinning; packs of record label ‘coasters’ and ‘book ends’. The coaster idea is not new, I remember seeing 78rpm labels cut out and sold like this years ago. While the packs look nice, when you study them up close the makers seem to have just slapped clear sticky backed plastic over them, which is already peeling away.
Vinyl bookends

The ‘book ends’ pack contains two 7″ singles creased at 45 degrees. For £15.00. A real ‘I saw you coming moment’ (large LP versions are also available, together with bowls, picture frames, etc). And to top it all off the pack says Made In China, which kind of implies the discs are purchased in bulk here, crated off to China, bent and shaped and then shipped back. Considering the packaging makes much of the word recycling, this all looks like an exercise in stupidity which would be hard to beat. The same firm are also selling C02 indicator mugs with a printed map on the side which shows the worst offending countries when you put a warm drink in…

For more on how to wreck old records read our Destroying Vinyl post!

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About simon robinson

Having worked as a designer mostly in the music industry, and mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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