The Codex Silenda takes two old favorite forms of entertainment and fuses them together with clever modern artistry. Created by industrial designer Brady Whitney, the wooden ware is both a book and a multi-part puzzle: readers must unlock each of its five pages to unfold a fictional tale.
The sequence comprises the fabricated backstory of the Codex, imagined to have been created by Da Vinci to protect his work from spies. When it falls into the hands of a snooping apprentice, he must solve the puzzles to protect his fate—just like the reader today. The story’s significance and the step-by-step puzzle process encourage readers to engage with the Codex time and time again, but the elegant design is equally suitable for display. Its an interactive work of art with true value as the sum of its part.
To render its complex interconnected pieces with consistency, the Codex is constructed by way of laser-cutting technology, with the parts hand-fitted together. Accordingly, Whitney is able to make just 400 total Codices, and he’s crowdfunding the set-up and materials. In only a matter of days, he has already quadrupled his goal. If you still want to support his inventive work—and snag one of the tricky tomes for yourself—you can contribute to the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
All images via Brady Whitney/The Codex Silenda.