Parvum Opus is an atelier-style artist’s studio and bindery in Michigan, and we’re privileged to have become a trusted resource for a coterie of prominent American and European interior designers seeking unique bespoke finishing touches for their projects.
We specialize in collaborating with our aesthetically-minded global clientele, building each object by hand and to order, with meticulous attention to detail given from production to delivery. Here at The Parvum Opus Shop, visitors can select among dozens of designs, each available in forty in-stock paper variations. For those in search of the completely unique, we gladly produce designs according to their specifications, with a myriad of paper pattern options available via special order.
Our name is inspired by the Latin term for a small work by an artist (Parvum: diminutive, Opus: an artistic work) and perfectly describes our approach to each project the studio undertakes: small things, beautifully done. We relish in attending to the smallest details of the desk furnishings and decorative objects we build, creating special pieces that we hope will be delightful and lasting additions to our clients’ homes.
FOUNDER & DECORATIVE ARTIST
Erika Stefanutti, the founder of Parvum Opus, is an artist and designer based in Michigan where she lives with her husband and two sons. She is a life-long student of craft and decorative arts history, with a passion for travel, books and aesthetics, all of which inform the work undertaken in the bindery. Her love of traditional craft was formalized during her BFA studies at the University of Michigan, and further at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she earned her MFA.
A NOTE FROM ERIKA
Welcome and thank you for popping into our shop. I'm Erika Stefanutti and I founded Parvum Opus after working as a studio artist, having trained as a painter, printmaker and metalsmith. I’ve always held craft tradition in the highest regard, and it’s my great privilege to make our unique, handcrafted works available to you here.
The seed for Parvum Opus was planted over ten years ago, when I embarked on a study of traditional bookbinding and decorative arts history and began producing bespoke calendars, hand-bound books, desk accessories and art objects from my studio in Michigan. The scope of my studio project has grown beautifully, and I now have the great privilege of sharing the studio's handmade products with clients across the world. The work we do in the studio combines my love of craft and design tradition, materials and process. With the Parvum Opus Shop, I’ve selfishly created the shop of my dreams, producing exquisitely crafted decorative and functional objects built by hand, featuring glorious colors and patterns. My work is inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, the romance and intellectual curiosity of the Grand Tour, as well as by objets de vertu crafted by artisans across cultures, continents and centuries. My sincere hope is that when you visit, you’ll enjoy the feeling of discovery and collaboration; that same wonder of exploring a new city and coming upon an atelier where you can have bespoke pieces made to your taste and impeccably delivered to your door.
William Morris, father of the Arts and Crafts Movement famously said, "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." I hope that when you bring my work into your homes, the enjoyment it brings will equal the enjoyment I have in designing and creating it for you. Thank you for your interest in our studio. If I can answer any questions about our process or any project you may have in mind, it will be my great pleasure.