Motion Silhouette is a fascinating little storybook designed by 25-year old designers Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima. By cleverly inserting delicate paper cutouts between each page, the story doesn’t come to life until the reader begins to manipulate the silhouettes with a flashlight. Trees grow taller, trains get closer and ghosts show their scary faces. It seems like the perfect tale to tell in the dark.
Given the level of craftsmanship involved, the books are made-to-order and can take a bit of time to arrive, but the designers are selling them for 6000 yen each. You just have to email them to place your order.
Motion Silhouette is actually the second in a series of light and shadow storybooks that the two designed. The first was simply called silhouette. If you like what you saw be sure to check out the making-of video, which is almost as beautiful as the book itself.