Traditional Craft & a Modern Sensibility

It all starts with pencils, paper and rulers: here in the studio, we design and make everything by hand, one piece at a time, from fine archival materials.

 

Following in the footsteps of generations of artisans before us, we celebrate the tools and time investment required by traditional craft practices. From the smallest picture frame to the tallest obelisk, each piece begins with precision-cut book boards (these are the same boards used in hardcover books), assembled with acid-free adhesives. The works are finished in fine papers or book cloth according to each project’s specifications and a jeweler’s sensibility and attention to detail.

 

We proudly provide a unique opportunity for our clients across the country and abroad to bring bespoke accessories into their homes. It’s a great pleasure to collaborate on such special projects, and our goal is to make each one heirloom-worthy.

 

The Art of Marbled Paper

 

Hand-marbling paper is a traditional craft practiced for nearly a thousand years (click here to see a wonderful old film about how it's made). We’re proud to collaborate with two modern masters, Jemma Lewis in England and Renato Crepaldi in Brazil to create bespoke papers especially for us.

We share the lovely images you see here with thanks to Jemma & Renato.

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CUSTOMIZE A LOT, OR A LITTLE.

 

Choose from 100’s of options to craft exactly the right piece. Our studio is stocked with a wide range of glorious paper patterns made around the world and we’re delighted to bring these to you as options in our shop. When you’re considering pattern selections for your pieces, remember we can always use one or more patterns to produce something exactly to your taste and specifications.


Customers may even specially source their own fine papers. We very often source papers for our clients' special projects-- from classic Italian patterns to  hand-marbled papers in bespoke colors and patterns, the sky’s the limit. Generally, the process begins with the selection of a paper through one of our suggested suppliers (links are available at the bottom of our Paper Pattern Gallery). We then order sheets of the paper appropriate to the scope of the project and have them sent to the bindery. The additional fee for a project involving a custom paper is simply the total cost of the necessary sheets plus shipping to the bindery, and adds one to five weeks to our normal production time, depending on the paper origin. 


YOUR OWN DESIGN ENTIRELY

 

We cheerfully consider requests for projects in completely custom configurations. There are limitations based on the dimensions of our raw materials and bindery equipment, but we're of course happy to discuss your project details with you. Request a project of your own design here.


Remember, if you’d prefer to let us make all the selections, we always have pieces available for immediate shipping in the Artist’s Cabinet. These are pieces often made with one-off marbled papers or limited-edition patterns. 
 

 

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