For Wallpaper‘s April 2012 issue, the longstanding architecture and design magazine has teamed with renowned illustrator Noma Bar for a series of eight three-dimensional covers that pay homage to seven countries (Germany, U.S.A., France, Italy, Spain, Japan and Belgium) and a region (Scandinavia)—all top dogs in the making-it-a-reality game. The covers combine an illustrative mural and distinct products such as ink box by Babaghuri that acts as lips on the Japan cover.

Says Tony Chambers, Wallpaper‘s Editor-in-Chief:

Known for his play on positive and negative space, usually in 2D, Bar entered a new dimension just for us. His cover designs are, in fact, room sets, painted in a three-dimensional studio space and integrating actual products from each of the territories. With his typical, though extraordinary, and witty visual brevity, he captured the identity of each territory using merely his paint brush and a few selected objects.

We are just now realizing that these are not literally 3D-faced wonders that will overcrowd newstands, but we doubt the full scope of the work will be fully absorbed anywhere but paper-in-hand—not even on your new iPad.

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