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Last Minute Holiday Shopping?

Posted on December 20, 2012 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

If you are looking for unique book gifts this holiday season there is still time to place your order!  We are shipping daily for all products that are in stock.  Today is December 20th and in order to receive your books by Christmas we recommend requesting Fedex 2 day if you place your order today, Overnight Fedex if you order on December 21st.

Of course you are also welcome to order by Fedex Ground/Home Delivery and print out the product page from our website showing what gift you have purchased then the books will arrive after Christmas.

We always have a great inventory of the  book sets that is ready to ship. Some of our most popular items include:

All of our Penguin Collections.  A recent popular item has been our custom set of 10 Penguin Classics featured in Real Simple Magazine.  Perhaps the ultimate decorative set of literary classics is our Penguin 30 Set.

Penguin Classics Set of 20

Penguin Classics Set of 20

Looking for a set of gift books for a child?  Our Puffin 10 Set is one of our best sellers and we put it on sale to help offset last minute shipping costs.  For older readers, our Harry Potter sets are fun and unique – choose your favorite “house” by buying the Gryffindor, Ravenclaw or Slytherin Edition!

Our Cookbook Sets have been very popular this holiday season.  Blue, Red and Green are all ready to ship as well as our Italian and French Cookbook sets.

Our Author Collections are also ready to ship as well.  Our Pink Jane Austen has been one of our best sellers, followed by Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck and William Faulkner.

So, there is something for everyone and lots more unique book sets to come in 2013!

Note that all of our personalized products, white they do make amazing gifts, do take longer to design and print and therefore at this point will not ship until January.

Happy holidays,

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

 

New Photos, New Projects, New Products

Posted on September 17, 2012 by - Blog, Book Styles, Ideas and Advice, Press and News, Recent Projects

Coming Soon - New Photos, Projects and Products

2012 has been an incredibly busy and successful year at Juniper Books.  In fact we have been so busy filling orders the past several months that our website simply has not kept up to date with all of our offerings.

Coming Soon - New Photos, Projects and Products

Coming Soon – New Photos, Projects and Products

Over the next few weeks we will be trying to catch up by:

  • Adding new products to our online Store
  • Posting new projects to our online Portfolio and changing the navigation structure
  • Adding hundreds of photos to our Styles section – including new color options, customization choices, and various new styles not previously posted

A few things to note about our offerings:

  • Our online Store only has about 1% of the books we sell in it.  Juniper Books provides anything and everything related to books – rare books, complete libraries, book for decoration, and about a thousand other products and services.  With a few exceptions (our personalized book sets) our online store is really about ready made book sets (i.e., our Penguin sets, or our Jane Austen book collection.)   If you would like to hire us for something you don’t see in the store it’s best to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.  We are adding more products to the online store over time however given the highly customized products and services we provide (curating book collections by color, size, subject, making custom book jackets, custom wrapping books, etc.) by nature many of our offerings will never appear in the store.
  • Our overall philosophy is that anything with books is possible.  We work with clients to help them get what they want from their books – this means different things to different customers.  For some clients this might involve sourcing a the best copy of a particular rare book or first edition, for others it might entail assembling 10,000 books by color for a commercial project and others might be involve us building a collection of a favorite author, then wrapping them in custom printed jackets with a special gift inscription.

I have been a lifelong collector of books and I have been selling books for about 12 years now.  Every day I feel like I am just getting started on what is possible with books and what I am trying to do at the intersection books + design.  I really appreciate the compliments we have received on the work we do at Juniper Books. We will keep the innovations flowing and we will continue to expand our offerings of more traditional / classical books too.  We look forward to working with our many customers and partners for years to come – thanks for keeping us so busy!

Thatcher

Neutral Wrapped Books

Posted on September 17, 2012 by - Blog, Book Styles, Ideas and Advice

Neutral Wrapped Books Mix

Our white and neutral wrapped books are one of our most popular styles.  We can wrap books in just about any color paper or fabric.  The available options in this colorway include everything from bright white to cream, ivory, off-white, beige, light brown, linen, and dozens of additional options.

We work closely with designers, visual merchandisers, developers, architects, homeowners and all others to ensure that the books are exactly the right color.

These books are made by wrapping real hardcover books in solid color “jackets,” or in the case of fabric wrapped books, covering them in the fabric.  These are an economical solution for obtaining a neutral toned appearance for a bookshelf, bookcase or entire room without the “distraction” of titles (sounds funny, we know, but often desired).

Examples of projects which have used our wrapped books include these below (click on the photo for more information):

White Books Close Up Lorien Hotel

Hotel Lorien

Macys Bar III White Books from Juniper Books

Macy*s Bar III White Books

95 Wall Street Library

95 Wall Street Library

To inquire about this style of books, please call 303-946-1494, e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or contact us through the form below.





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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on June 4, 2012 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

I’m a Dad with two kids and we have a lot of books around the house – my books, my wife’s books, my son’s books and my daughter’s books.   I’m a firm believer that a family can never have TOO MANY books in a home.  That being said, you do have to  proactively keep them organized and part with some from time to time to make room for new acquisitions.

With Father’s Day in mind, we have created a number of new products that make great gifts for Dads – either to read themselves or share with their kids.  Many of these sets are original designs that are unlike anything the world has ever seen before!  So it might be a good time to donate those Hemingway paperbacks to the local library and upgrade to our Custom Hemingway book set for example.

As a special discount for Father’s Day we have created the coupon code DAD20 that can be used for 20% off your shopping cart at checkout.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and special requests – we are always creating new book products and we are very open to feedback!

1.  Custom Hemingway Book Set: A fantastic set of 9 Ernest Hemingway books wrapped in a completely original series of jackets made by Juniper Books.  The set makes up one unique design.  $385

Ernest Hemingway Set in Custom Book Jackets

Ernest Hemingway Set in Custom Book Jackets

2. J.D. Salinger Book Set – Tree Design: A unique custom edition of J.D. Salinger’s complete works, wrapped in custom book jackets with a colorful tree design.  $140

J.D. Salinger Custom Book Set

J.D. Salinger Custom Book Set

3. Complete 38 Volume Shakespeare Set: Complete set of the works of William Shakespeare in 38 volumes with custom book jackets in an original design.  $750

William Shakespeare 38 Volume Set

William Shakespeare 38 Volume Set in Custom Jackets

4. Sherlock Holmes Book Set: A fantastic set of 6 Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes books wrapped in a completely original series of jackets made by Juniper Books.  The set makes up one unique design.  $150

Sherlock Holmes Custom Book Set

Sherlock Holmes Custom Book Set

4. American Flag Book Set:  9 works of American literature and history wrapped in custom jackets designed to make up the American Flag when assembled in a collection.

American Flag Book Set

American Flag Book Set

6. Thomas Keller Set: A custom edition of 4 Thomas Keller cookbooks in jackets designed by Juniper Books, inspired by the red, white and blue of both the French and American flags, fitting we think, for this trailblazer of French American cooking.  $275

Thomas Keller Cookbook Set

Thomas Keller Cookbook Set

7. Cook’s Book Set ($250) – or Personalized Cook’s Books Set ($300):  Recently featured in Real Simple magazine, this set of 5 substantial cookbook classics clearly shows off the fact that these are the cook’s books!  The titles and authors are cleverly integrated into the design of the letters that spell out “Cook’s Books.”  A personalized version of this set is also available where we can print the owner’s name on the book jackets and customize the color.

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

Personalized Cookbook Set

Henri's Cookbooks - Yellow and Black

8. Literary Classics ($250) or Personalized Literary Classics ($300): A modern styled set of literary classics wrapped in red and white book jackets.  The titles and authors of the 8 books are cleverly integrated into the letters that spell out “Literary Classics.”  Also available in a personalized versionw here we can print the owner’s name on the book jackets and customize the color.

Red and White Literary Classics

Red and White Literary Classics

Literary Classics Book Set - Personalized Version

Thatcher's Literary Classics - Teal and White

 

9. Set of 100 Literary Classics from Everyman’s Library: This set of 100  brand new books from Everyman’s Library provides an instant library of timeless literary classics.  $2,250

Everyman's Library Set of 100 Books

Everyman's Library Set of 100 Books

10. Set of 30 Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics: A set of 30 Children’s Classics, brand new from the publisher, selected to form a wonderful collection for boys, girls and families!  $495.

30 Book Set - Children's Classics

Everyman's Library of Children's Classics

 

11. Set of 10 Puffin Children’s Classics: Set of 10 books in the Puffin Classics Series, designed for children, published by Penguin in beautiful, colorful, decorative bindings.  $170.

Puffin Classics Children's Book Set

Puffin Classics Children's Book Set

12. Charles Dickens Penguin Set: Set of 6 Charles Dickens books including A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, in decorative bindings in a custom box.  $125.

Penguin Charles Dickens Set

Penguin Charles Dickens Set

Happy Father’s Day!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

 

Facebooks Go Public

Posted on May 18, 2012 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice, Recent Projects

Mark Zuckerberg Face Book - Juniper Books

Congratulations to Facebook and all the Facebook employees and investors out there!  Call me if you need help with your library!

Or I can help you perhaps with a special gift for your favorite chief executive – History of the Hoodie anyone?  Instead of a book jacket, the book comes with a book hoodie.  (Perhaps I should trademark that, along with the Rick Santorum Book Sweater Vest.)   And for every person that orders “Hoodies in History” I will customize it slightly so that no two are alike!  (Note that this book does not really exist yet, but that has never stopped me from bringing a book to life!)

In all seriousness – something that sort of does exist, but is in it’s infancy are my “Face Book Jackets.”  They are printed book jackets that you wrap around your own books, and they have a picture of you on them – a literal Face Book.  Get it?

I have to give credit where credit is due – my father, Barry Wine, encouraged me to make these and so the very first face book jacket I made was for him.

Barry Wine Face Book - Juniper Books

Barry Wine Face Book

Then Mark Zuckerberg came next . . .

Mark Zuckerberg Face Book - Juniper Books

Mark Zuckerberg Face Book

Then Steve Jobs . . .

Steve Jobs Face Book - Juniper Books

Steve Jobs Face Book

Then I made myself a SET of face book jackets to be my facebook profile picture . . .

Thatcher Wine Face Book - Juniper Books

Thatcher Wine Face Book

I’m happy to make anyone a single face book jacket that wants one – just send me a high resolution picture and one share of FB stock.  We also accept credit cards, paypal or good old fashioned checks.  Pricing for the jackets has not really been set yet – I’m waiting for JP Morgan to get back to me – however your indication of the strength of demand for vanity facebook jackets (or hoodies) would be greatly appreciated!

I can also make you a multi-volume SET of books with your picture across the spines (like me)- just tell me how big you want it to be and we will work out the logistics and the price.  Want a 15 foot high installation of literary classics with your picture on the spines, no problem, give me a call.

Thatcher Wine Face Book Display

Thatcher Wine Face Book Display

Whatever size you order, your personalized facebooks will put you in some pretty serious company . . .

Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Barry Wine

Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Barry Wine

And it can be your own individual way to “go public” with face books.

 

Sincerely,

Thatcher Wine

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

facebook.com/juniperbooks

 

Images Across Multiple Books

Posted on March 5, 2012 by - Blog, Book Styles, Ideas and Advice

Ski Colorado Stack

We invented custom designed and printed book jackets for a variety of reasons, but turning book spines into a canvas with unlimited possibilities was definitely one of them. The elephant image, one of our first creations which was inspired by an antique engraving, was made semi-famous by the New York Times article Selling a Book by Its Cover in January 2011.

Since then we have gone on to design and print a number of cool graphical images across book spines that turn bookshelves into art – the projects shown here are just the tip of the iceberg. Example of some of the innovative designs we can custom print across book spines. The elephant series uses an antique engraving on the spines, this set is for sale as a product in our online store.

Customers may supply images for us to print, or we can create them. The underlying books used in this series are generally “filler” books, but we can also coordinate the books with the jacket designs, please inquire for possibilities. Our Jack London project shows the possibilities of building a real book collection and designing jackets around and inspired by the content of the books.

See also our post regarding the custom jacket library we created for the Green Room of the 2012 Academy Awards® using images of classic film scenes across the books.  Also our write up of some of our larger projects where the installations are getting larger and more creative – Going Big – Large Scale Custom Book Jacket Installations.

We  love working on custom book jacket projects for clients.  Truly anything is possible, so please feel free to contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call 303-946-1494 or use the form below.





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Themed Custom Jackets

Posted on March 4, 2012 by - Blog, Book Styles

Mystery Book Collection
Juniper Books designs and prints custom book jackets that can be used to unify small and large collections of books, achieve desired colors in order to integrate bookshelves with an interior or commercial installation, or just change the look of books from old to new or new to old.
Our custom printed book jackets can be designed in any style and this page illustrates just a few of our creations.  Since inventing custom book jackets in 2010, we have worked on numerous projects for clients where we fully customize the color, typeface, and theme of the book jackets.

Below are some of the examples of how we can custom design and print these book jackets.

To inquire about this style of books, please feel free to e-mail us through the form below or contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.





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Valentine’s DIY Project

Posted on February 11, 2012 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

I’ve always said books make great gifts for any occasion as there is a book for everyone and the act of choosing and giving a book can be very personal.  Valentine’s Day provides a wonderful occasion to give a book or a set of books to your Valentine.  I created this do-it-yourself project for our friends at Design Sponge, they published it and it looks fantastic on their site: Valentine Book Collection from Juniper Books.

Valentine's Day DIY Book Jackets

Valentine's Day DIY Book Jackets

Here is the complete project – this is a great way to take four books you already own and dress them up as a new gift, or you can purchase new books for the project.  It only takes a couple hours to complete so you still have time to make before Valentine’s Day!  For the set of books I made, I chose four classic love stories, however it can be made with any books.

Materials for DIY Valentine Book Jackets

Materials for DIY Valentine Book Jackets

Materials:

4 Books of approximately equal size

2 large sheets of white drawing paper (approx. 19 x 25″ or larger)

2 large sheet of pink drawing paper (approx. 19 x 25″ or larger)

Note: I recommend a relatively lightweight paper for the white “inside” jacket and a thicker drawing paper for the “outside” jacket.

 

1 Fiskars Shape Cutter tool

1 Fiskars Hearts Template 4855

Pencil

Red Marker

24″ Paper Cutter (or a Rotary Cutter and X-acto knife will work fine)

24″ Ruler

Double sided tape or paper glue

Instructions:

1. Pick out your books

You can use books from your existing collection and give them a fresh new look, or find new or used books to buy.  The great thing about making these jackets is that it will turn your books into a uniform set, so they can be any color to start with.  Using the tools specified, the only requirement is that the books are at least 1″ thick – if they are smaller you will have to hand draw and cut the heart shapes.

Pick Out Your Valentine's Book Set

Pick Out Your Valentine's Book Set

2. Cut the book jackets to size

Like each book flat on its back with the spine facing you with both the paper and the book against a straight edge.  Mark the paper at the edge of the book.  You want the jacket to fit the height of the book precisely or slightly larger so that the original color of the book is covered up.  If you are using the 19 x 25″ paper, cut the paper on the long side so that you end up with a sheet that is the size of the book plus about 3-4 inches for the flaps at the front and back of the book – for example 9″ tall by 19″ long.  Cut one jacket of white paper and one of pink paper for each book. Do not discard the extra paper, we will use at least some of the white paper for a book band, and you can use the other scraps to practice shape cutting.

Mark Paper to Size of Books

Mark Paper to Size of Books

Cut Jackets Using Paper Cutter

Cut Jackets Using Paper Cutter

Alternate Paper Cutting Method

Alternate Paper Cutting Method

3. Fold the jackets around the books.

Before you start folding it’s helpful to pencil a number discreetly on each book and jacket so you know which jackets go with which book.   Place each book in the center of the jacket you have cut in order to fold the jacket around it.  Start with the white jacket.  Before folding the jacket around the front and back cover, “score” the jacket along the book edges, this will help with achieving a nice clean fold.  When you perform the second fold you will want to leave a little extra room, if the jacket is folded too tightly, it won’t allow the book to close completely.  You may need to give the top jacket – the pink one – even more breathing room in order for the book to open and close smoothly.

Scoring the Folding Edge

Scoring the Folding Edge

Keep Track of Which Books Go on Which Jackets

Keep Track of Which Books Go on Which Jackets

4. Cut the heart shapes on the pink jackets.

Take the pink jackets off the books.  There should be a nice visible fold showing the width of the spine.  Now, using your using your ruler and pencil, mark a spot that is in the middle of the spine width, at the same height across for all 4 of the book jackets.  I used 6″ from the bottom of the jacket to measure to the middle top of the heart.  Every book may be a different height so it is important to measure from the bottom for the hearts to align.   Working on one pink jacket at a time, align the smallest Fiskars Heart from the template (1″ wide) with your pencil mark.  Holding the template firmly in place, use the Fiskars Shape Cutter to cut out the heart.  If you do not have the Fiskars tools, you can easily draw the heart shape, then cut it out with an exacto knife.  Try practicing on the paper scraps you generated earlier if desired.

Measuring Placement for the Hearts

Measuring Placement for the Hearts

Alternative Freehand Heart Cutting Method

Alternative Freehand Heart Cutting Method

Cutting Hearts

Cutting Hearts

5. Writing L-O-V-E letters

Once all four of the heart shapes are cut out of the jackets, put the pink jackets back on the books so that the underlying white jackets show through.  Then, using your red marker, write one letter in each opening on the white paper that shows through the heart shapes.  If your books are different sizes, just make sure you have the order you will want to display them in before you write the letters.

Waiting for the Love

Waiting for the Love

Writing L-O-V-E Letters

Writing L-O-V-E Letters

L-O-V-E in the Hearts

L-O-V-E in the Hearts

6. Making a Book Band

Using some of the white paper scrap generated in the second step, you can make a book band to wrap around all the books in order to present them as a set along with your gift message.  To wrap around 4 books, you will likely need a 25″ piece of paper that is about 1.5″ wide, depending on the paper size you started with, you may need to tape or glue two scraps together.  Once you have the 1.5 x 25″ paper, line it up so that you can see where the visible portion will be on the spine – usually it’s nice to have have the paper taped or glued to itself on the back cover of the books.  Write your gift message on the book band.  Then attach the book band to itself with double sided tape or a few drops of glue.  The book band should be nice and tight so that it holds the books together securely.

Making a Book Band

Making a Book Band

Congratulations, your book set is now complete and ready for the big day!

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Thatcher

To see some of our Valentine’s Day book sets  for sale, please visit our store by clicking here or on the photo below.

I Love / Heart Books

I Love / Heart Books

Going Big – Large Scale Custom Book Jacket Installations

Posted on January 10, 2012 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice, Recent Projects

George Hincapie Racer Library

One of our plans for 2012 is to work with clients to make  large scale book installations using our custom book jackets unlike anything the world has ever seen before!  But first a little background . . .

Custom book covers have a lot of uses and we have worked with clients on some very beautiful projects over the past couple years since introducing them.  The basic idea for custom book covers (aka custom book jackets) is to quickly change the look of a book without the time and expense of rebinding it AND be able to achieve any color and style desired.

Some clients have had us personalize their book collection with modern / contemporary jackets, others have opted for a classical look using leather or vellum designs.  In 2011, we designed, printed and shipped our custom creations to clients all over the US and Canada, Europe and Asia.  We supplied approximately 1,000 of our vellum wrapped books to Darren Henault Interiors for his show house design at the Rumson Stately Homes-by-the-Sea. Other jacket related highlights of 2011 included having our elephant set appear in the New York Times, our vellum style jackets mentioned in Veranda, and also a couple of projects for yacht libraries that were incredibly fun and unique to work on but for very private clients so we can’t disclose much else about them!

Now back to the large scale designs – the concept for these is straightforward – turning book spines into a canvas for personal expression.  Push the books together and they make up a single unified design and that design can be anything.  We have a patent pending on this multiple book cover creation system.

This product/service has both home and commercial applications.

  • Home libraries can be modernized, shelves turned into art displays, with book titles integrated into the jacket designs if desired -  we can make book jackets out of  photos, paintings, illustrations, engravings, maps, other artwork, typography and text designs, etc.
  • Hotels, restaurants and retailers can have book displays with corporate logos, product photos, nature images, or just about anything else.

Here are a few of our recent creations:

Giant Book Elephant

Giant Book Elephant

George Hincapie Racer Library

George Hincapie Bike Racer Library

Medieval Knight Books

Medieval Knight Books

Ridley Bike on Book Jackets

Ridley Road Bike

Bookcase Biker

Bookcase Biker

As one can imagine, some very cool installations can be created for homes, galleries, retail stores, trade show booths, showrooms, hotels, spas, restaurants, and so on!

If you have an interest in learning more about this type of work, please contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.  We are always interested in working with designers, architects, visual merchandisers and private clients who want to do something creative and unique with books.  We look forward to working with you.

Thatcher

 

Cool Book Artists and Book Art Projects

Posted on January 1, 2012 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

Su Blackwell Book Art

These are projects from other artists and sculptors whose work we admire for using books in creative ways.  Please enjoy the links and feel free to suggest other creative works that we have not mentioned.

Thanks to thisiscollassal.com for helping us discover these first two.

  • Cool suspended book installation in Istanbul.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hanifoto/5450655732

Istanbul Modern Art Museum

Istanbul Modern Art Museum

  • The Book Face
Numa Book Face

Numa Book Face

  • The Work of Brian Dettmer - very intricate, detailed, complex sculptures carved out of books – you have to see these to believe them.
Brian Dettmer Work
  • The Work of Su Blackwell - magical creations bringing books to life in different forms

http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/portfolio-book-cut-sculpture/

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/01/book-sphere/

Book Sphere

Book Sphere

- Thatcher

 

Christmas Tree of Books 2011

Posted on December 13, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice, Recent Projects

Christmas Tree of Shaped Books

It’s becoming somewhat of a tradition at Juniper Books – every year we build a Christmas tree constructed out of  books, but we change how it is made each year as the possibilities are truly endless.   Last year we made a 7 foot tall tree made up of about 800 green books stacked layer upon layer.  This year we made a more subtle creation – a tree made up entirely of olive green law books, some of which we carved form the tree’s branches.

Before anyone gets upset about cutting books we should explain a couple things – first of all we re-purposed about 10,000 law books this year this year that law firms and law libraries no longer needed as their content has all been digitized.  Thousands of these very nice substantial matching books went to retailers and designers for decoration and visual merchandising, and hundreds more we have used many for Juniper Books’ custom  jacket creations such as our Elephant Six-Pack.  So, cutting, chopping, carving or drilling through a few books that we know are plentiful and may face worse fates if we don’t do something creative with them makes perfect sense to us!  We won’t be dismembering a first edition of Pride and Prejudice anytime soon, don’t worry.

The tree is about 8 feet tall on 7 shelves, plus the star.  Christmas ornaments dangle from the page edges – we shaped them to hold the ornaments – a very organic and 100% natural approach.  Christmas lights are wrapped around the tree so it glows beautifully.

The tree was the centerpiece of our holiday party this past weekend where we invited numerous friends, customers, suppliers, designers and others to celebrate the holiday season and browse our warehouse for various book gifts to buy for their friends and family. Thanks to everyone who attended and complimented us on the tree.  There were a number of lawyers in attendance (my wife is a law professor) and they all got a kick out of the creative use of law books.

Technical questions: 30 books were used in the creation of the tree, of which 24 had to be cut in some way to create the tree.  While we originally considered gluing the parts together or constructing supports to hold the books up, we did not end up doing so as the law books are substantial enough to support themselves, even after being cut.

Happy holidays to you and yours, I wish you the best for the holiday season and a happy healthy 2012!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Goop Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on November 11, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

Goop Home

An old friend said some nice things about my business this week and I really appreciated it.  When that friend happens to be Gwyneth Paltrow, a few thousand people paid attention!

We were featured in Goop.com’s Holiday Gift Guide  - two of our new products specifically: our set of 5 cookbooks in blue book jackets that spell out “Cook’s Books” and our pink “leather” version of the complete works of Jane Austen.

 

Jane Austen Pink Leather Set Juniper Books

Jane Austen Pink Leather

Here is the excerpt from Goop.com:

Juniper Books

My friend Thatcher Wine (he took me to Eddie Murphy’s Raw at Madison Square Garden in 1987—that’s how far we go back) runs an incredibly unique and bespoke service for book collectors, providing design, organization, custom covering, maintenance services, and more for library/book collections. Uniquely, he also works with customers to come up with a design to wrap their entire collection. If you’re not quite there yet, he also sells small themed collections. Current favorites are his exquisite, vellum Jane Austen Set, and his Cook’s Book Set.

Goop.com Holiday Gift Guide

I think she described my business better than I do!

Thank you Gwyneth!

Thatcher

 

Jack London Graphical Book Jackets

Posted on October 13, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Jack-London-Jackets-on-Two-Shelves

Earlier this year, a client called with the type of request for books that we love and excel at it – he wanted a complete collection of the works of Jack London but he also wanted us to use our imagination to create custom book jackets for the books that would make his collection unique.   Thus was born the Juniper Books Jack London project which is featured in the Autumn 2011 issue of Fine Books & Collections magazine.

The first step in the project was sourcing 57 Jack London books.  London was an amazingly prolific writer who turned out classics like The Call of the Wild, The Sea-Wolf, Adventure and White Fang – as well as dozens of other less memorable books.  For some of the books we were able to find reasonably priced first editions, however for the majority of the collection early vintage reprints were sufficient.

Next up was executing on the idea of taking the excitement and color contained in the pages of the books and put them on the outside of the books!  London had amazing life full of real life adventure in Alaska, California, Hawaii, and beyond – we knew there was lots of material to draw from in London’s life from train hopping hobo to utopian farmer, socialist agitator, sailor, gold miner, dog sled musher, battles with alcoholism, etc.

In order to bring these ideas to life, we hired our friend, the artist Mario Miguel Echevarria who paints amazing murals and other public art.  Mario sketched out various concepts then created original paintings, which we photographed and printed onto book jackets.  Using our unique approach to printing individual book jackets that together form a single image on a bookshelf, the final step in the process was complete.

Note that Jack London is just one of the possibilities for this approach to book collecting and library design – we can work on collections of any author or subject and come up with similarly creative ideas that make your library unique and beautiful.

To contact Thatcher about this project or a similar project you have in mind, please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call 303-946-1494 or use the form below.





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Our DIY Book Mobile on Instructables.com

Posted on October 13, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

We recently turned some old books into a new “Book Mobile” hanging sculpture to decorate the Juniper Books warehouse.  We thought it would be fun to share instructions on this one as a DIY (do it yourself) project so we posted it to Instructables.com.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Book-Mobile/

The editors liked our write-up and featured it on their homepage.

Yes, we admit that some books were harmed in the process of making The Book Mobile – but in keeping with our theory that more books in the world and more books in the house (or warehouse) are good for the world, it doesn’t really matter if they are being read or can be read, we like to think of new ways to keep them around as inspiration.   The Victorian books used for the project are so gorgeous and yet there are only so many bookshelves to put them on that I’m constantly inventing new ways to display them – stay tuned for more on this thought!

Thatcher

Juniper Books Book Mobile Sculpture

Juniper Books Book Mobile Sculpture

 

The Book Mobile

Posted on October 2, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice, Recent Projects

I have always loved the word “bookmobile” even before I found myself the book business – the concept of a traveling library is fun and useful to society.  About a year ago I drilled some holes in books and spun them around and the first “book mobile” was born.  We have since evolved the concept to become a much more balanced and decorative item – it is very fun, but hardly as useful to society as the bookmobile that drives around and brings books to the world!

Thanks to Alexander Calder for some inspiration on this, and thanks to Zac for perfecting the production and balancing act required for the new book mobile.

This project is current on Instructables.com with complete DIY instructions.  The editors of Instructables apparently liked our concept and featured the project on their homepage!

 

Buying our books – one set at a time

Posted on September 28, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

This fall marks 10 years since I got into the book business.  It’s been an amazing evolution from occasional online seller of things rare and collectible to being referred to as a “library artist.”  These days, my time is mainly spent working on projects involving thousands of books for complete libraries and creative installations.  However, I am returning to my roots now of selling things “one at a time” . . . sort of.

Today, AHAlife featured a couple of my “products” on their site – a cool collection of 5 brand new cookbooks with custom book jackets as well as our antique leather books, available by the foot in different colors.

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

We are getting ready to launch a store on our website soon too – the link is available and a couple test products are there, however I recommend e-mailing or calling with your order for now, hopefully everything will be ready in early October to sell online.

So, things are coming full circle in some respects.  While I don’t think ebay is necessarily the best venue for what I’m doing with books these days like it was for say a first edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette 10 years ago (one of my first sales), the web has been phenomenal for growing a niche business like mine.   I have shipped books and libraries all around the world.  Everyone from celebrities to politicians, hotels to country clubs, art galleries to retail chains have found me and hired me to do various creative things with books and I have enjoyed every project!

The fun sets of books and creative book covers we have been working on deserve to be in more than one home.  We will still create one-of-a-kind books, sets and libraries for anyone that orders them (some of our latest and greatest will be published soon!) – but we are also trying to make what we do more available to designers, architects, homeowners, and anyone else who wants to brighten up their shelves and do something creative and well integrated with their spaces.

Read Me Literary Classics from Juniper Books

Read Me Literary Classics from Juniper Books

Thanks to everyone at AHAlife for featuring our products, perhaps this is an “Aha” moment for Juniper Books – after a few years of selling books 500 at a time, it can be just as fun and rewarding to sell 5 books at a time!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

Airan Kang Art Mixed with Custom Book Jackets

Posted on June 7, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Recently my friends at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York City loaned me a few of Airan Kang’s book sculptures for a few weeks.  I’m a big supporter of all things creative having to do with books in this world – from publishing attractive books to manipulating books in to art, or manipulating art into books!  Thus, the Korean artist Airan Kang’s work fits right into my interests.

In the Juniper Books studio, we took the opportunity to design and print some new book jackets to hang with the electric book art and I also “curated” a few mini book collections for the photos.   Airan’s work changes colors (I should have shot some video – sorry) so these photos don’t quite show off how dynamic the pieces are.  What I like about these works of art is that they can really modernize the bookshelf and make it hip and fluid.  With all the talk of e-books, these really are electronic books.

One concept we had was to mix the old and the new using one of Airan’s works – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Stories – mixed with an antique set of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Another uses our custom printed silver book jackets to a nice effect with a couple of the electric books.

Perhaps my favorite arrangement is the electrical storm dustjackets we made that appear to relay the electricity conveyed by some vintage bookends I found through to power the book in the center.

These book sculptures of Airan Kang’s are available from the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York and I thank Bryce and Meredith for sharing the artwork with us.  The artist has made several hundred other works and also accepts commissions in this style for favorite authors and titles.

Thanks to all the artists, galleries and publishers out there doing creative work keeping the book alive and well in all its forms in 2011!
Thatcher
303-946-1494
thatcher@juniperbooks.com

 

Antique Leather Style Book Covers

Posted on May 19, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice, Recent Projects

Antique leather books are beautiful and timeless.  However, not all books are available or affordable in antique leather editions!  That’s one of the reasons I invented custom book covers that can be designed and printed in any style.

Juniper Books is the first company to design and print gorgeous book jackets that really look like leather books at a fraction of the cost and with many more possibilities for color, design details, and coordinating bookshelves or entire libraries.  Please browse some of our recent creations and feel free to contact me about your project involving books and how our custom book jackets can find a home on your shelves.

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

Thatcher Wine Face Book Jackets – Check them out!

Posted on April 17, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

We have been playing around with printing various photo based book jackets for a while.  As most of you know, I believe anything is possible when it comes to how books look – we can make custom book covers that change the appearance of any book, or turn the spines into an art / photo canvas.  These printed face books with my portrait (vain perhaps, but ones of my clients were not approved for release yet!) could make a cool gift, covers for your journals, etc. (I have about 46 other ideas for them, but I’m not going to post them just yet.)  Feel free to contact me to make a stack for you – the higher the resolution photo the better . . .

Thatcher Wine

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

bar III pop-up shop photos

Posted on February 11, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News, Recent Projects

Juniper Books supplied the Macy*s visual team with thousands of our custom wrapped white books and several stacks of our custom printed book jackets with their models on them.  I must say that the models – Elizabeth, Rumi and Josh – were really easy to work with!  (at least their photoshop files were . . .)

Bar III Models on Book Jackets

Bar III Models on Book Jackets

I just added a new page to our portfolio about this project:

Macy*s bar III Pop-Up Shop Page

Life Size Model on Book Stack

The Elizabeth Stack of Books

A few links to learn more about the new bar iii brand and the opening party!

http://theshophound.typepad.com/the_shophound/2011/02/pop-up-preview-first-call-at-macys-new-bar-iii.html

DJ Solange, aka Beyonce’s little sister, was spinning at the party in a DJ Booth made out of our white books!  This was a great idea from the team at Macy*s!

DJ Solange in the White Book DJ Booth

DJ Solange in the White Book DJ Booth

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/late_penalty_6DOguiKqnnqiju5jsgcRNN

http://www.thefabulousreport.com/0211/macys-launches-bar-iii-pop-up-store-featuring-dj-solange-knowles.html

http://ny.racked.com/archives/2011/02/10/bar_iii_pop_up_shop_comes_to_flatiron.php

Barry Wine at bar III

Barry Wine (my father) at bar III

Please feel free to contact Thatcher about your visual merchandising project!  We are always interested in helping customers use books creatively in store design and doing things with books that have never been done before!

Thatcher Wine

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

Bar III Josh and Rumi

Bar III Josh and Rumi

Juniper Books Helps Macys with the bar III Pop Up Shop!

Posted on February 9, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News, Recent Projects

The bar III pop up shop was unveiled in New York City today (156 5th Ave.)  Our books are a huge part of the visual merchandising of the store!

Macys Bar III White Books from Juniper Books

Bar III White Books

Thousands of our custom white wrapped books feature prominently in the store and we produced several stacks of custom book jackets with images of their models printed on them!

Bar III Model on Juniper Books Jackets

Bar III Model on Juniper Books Jackets

The use of books in this store is very creative and we had a blast working with the visual team from Macy*s on this very innovative project.  I couldn’t be at the opening tonight but my father was kind enough to attend on my behalf and to send these photo.  Thanks Dad!  And congratulations to all involved.

Bar III Pop-Up Shop Wall

Bar III Pop-Up Shop Wall

More photos to come in the next few days as well as a dedicated page within our Portfolio . . .

Thatcher Wine

Thatcher Makes Art from Books

Posted on January 5, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice, Recent Projects

I love books and get to work with them all day long.  When I have a few minutes between working on a client’s library or decorative book project, I try to execute some of the ideas I have dreamed up for using books in new and creative ways.  I have posted a few of my recent projects here and there will be more in the future (I have a notebook with about 350 ideas so far!!!)   If there are any book lovers who would like to commission a project or buy a customized version of one of these works, please contact me.

Book Staircase

This first project shown above was in my head for a long long time as the boring staircase in the warehouse always bothered me.  I considered painting the stairs, or carpeting them, but then came up with the idea of constructing book panels for the risers.  They are only 1″ deep, and yes, I had to chop the books to make the panels.  However, these are plentiful bestsellers and I don’t think anyone will miss them.  The result is colorful, fun, and exudes literary abundance – so many books in the warehouse they are stuffed under the stairs!

American Flag Made with Red White and Blue Books
American Flag of Books

In the warehouse I have a wall full of white and neutral colored books as that is one of the most popular requests I receive – I wanted to create something on that wall that popped out from the lighter tones and came up with the idea of an American flag made from books.

Books Make up a Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree of Books

The Christmas tree of books was a huge hit for our holiday party at the warehouse.  It was constructed of nearly 800 books with a custom made base on casters and a lighting system designed to emanate light from the books!

Hanging Books and Lights

Suspended Books and Lights

The suspended books interspersed with retro Edison light bulb fixtures is just the first of many projects to come like this.  The concept was to create a cool looking divider along our balcony.  The books used are custom wrapped in neutral linen fabric, then tied together and suspended with steel cables.

Book Towers

Book Towers

The book towers are just one concept I cooked up  in the Juniper Books R&D lab for innovative ways to display and use books – I wouldn’t do this with a home library, but it would be fun for merchandising in a store.

So, that’s the beginning of the art from books project available for public viewing,  I’m always working on more ideas for how to use books and book parts in new ways – so stay tuned for more . . .

Thatcher

Gift Wrapping Books – Some Creative Ideas

Posted on December 22, 2010 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

Books are about one of the easiest things to wrap as presents, which can make a standard wrapping presentation a little boring in my opinion.  Here are a few thoughts on creative ways to wrap books to give as gifts.

Keep in mind that a few essential tools of the trade for good wrapping are:

- a t-square
- a rotary cutter or exacto knife
- double sided tape

For some of the projects mentioned below, it’s good to use some leftover wrapping paper scraps, kraft paper and/or other art papers.

Instead of gift wrapping a book in wrapping paper, make a new “jacket” for it either using solid color art / drawing paper, or wrapping paper.  Don’t wrap it all the way around like a present, but cut it like a book jacket.

Book Gift Wrapping Examples

Book Gift Wrapping Examples

Make a book “band” to go around the book, affixing it with double sided tape.  You can either just use this as the wrapping, or put it over the jacket you made for the book above.  Book bands were popularly used in the 1920s and 30s by publishers to make a book more eye catching or advertising a future book.  You can get very creative with them and make it a keepsake in itself.

If you use a relatively solid paper for the band, you can write your gift note on the band itself.

Close Up Creative Book Wrapping

Close Up Creative Book Wrapping

At Juniper Books, we also make custom printed book jackets that can turn the usual into something unusual and special.  For example we made this custom jacket for the Keith Richards’ Life book – it is in a leather looking style, so it makes the book look like an instant classic that has a home on your shelves next to Mark Twain!  Please contact us for more details on helping with special projects like this.

Keith Richards's Life in Red Leather

Keith Richards's Life in Red Leather

 

I have also included a photo of the holiday gift we sent to client.  We made a custom bound journal with our new logo on it, then wrapped it in a custom printed book jacket that doubles as a holiday greeting!  You can make your own version of this in time for Christmas by following some of the instructions above.

Custom Journal and Book Jacket

Juniper Books Custom Journal and Book Jacket