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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

 

From Book Wrapping to Rebinding

Posted on September 19, 2012 by - Blog, Book Resources, Book Styles, Ideas and Advice

Make Your Own Book Set - Rainbow

One of the things we do at Juniper Books that is different from any other book seller in the world is that we can help with just about any book project – from requests for a lot of books in a particular style at a low cost per book, to projects involving one very special book and a much generous budget per book.

About 11 years ago I started selling rare books online – first from my own collection and then books that I went out and acquired from estate sales and auctions.  Occasionally I would  come across a rare book in terrible shape so I started developing relationships with bookbinders.  Bookbinding is expensive and time consuming – when executed skillfully, the results are beautiful and last forever.  Juniper Books helps clients with bookbinding projects – both in leather and cloth, and we also work on custom boxes and cases for books and other printed material.  However given the cost of bookbinding, it is not for everyone or every project.

Custom Pulitzer Bindings

Custom Pulitzer Bindings

The custom book bindings are generally for clients who have one special book (e.g., a Family Bible, a sentimental or rare book) and wish to preserve it in an attractive new binding.  We also create special gift editions for clients that might be a cherished classic, or could be a commemorative book for a specific project (e.g., a thesis, a recently completed design/architecture project, etc.)  We work with clients closely to design each binding exactly to their preferences – this includes leather and bookcloth colors, title and detail design.

At the other end of the cost and time spectrum are our wrapped books.   Whereas a custom binding might take 3-6 weeks and costs a few hundred dollars, we can make hundreds of wrapped books in a day at a very small cost per book.  We have been working with designers, architects, developers and visual merchandisers for years to provide them with books in the exact color and texture of their choice.  Our book wrappings are generally paper jackets that we measure and cut precisely then apply to each book, in some cases they are fabric.

Linen and Kraft Paper Wrapped

Linen and Kraft Paper Wrapped

While some have copied our work, what cannot be duplicated is the attention to detail we provide to each project, the quality of our materials and our excellent customer service.  We offer customers an infinite number of color choices – we stock dozens of colors and I personally test a lot more papers around the year to assess their suitability for wrapping books.  We do this so that we are always ready when someone calls with a rush order – such as a visual merchandiser who needs to put 50 gold books in 100 store windows by Christmas!  Or a spa in Miami about to hold their grand opening and they need a couple thousand white books.  Or a video game company launching a new product and they need a few hundred books in their corporate color to stage a mock home.

If a customer needs books screened for content we do that as well – for example a conservative hotel chain that does not want romance novels in their lobbies . . .

In 2010, I introduced custom printed book jackets into the market and we are the only company that provides them.  The idea was to take book wrapping to a whole new level, especially for residential home customers.  The idea is that you can have the books you want (ie literary classics, or Civil War histories) and get the color / style that matches your interior.  We measure each book then custom print the titles on each jacket so they fit perfectly – we can design them to look like antique leather books or bright modern colors and just about everything in between.

Make Your Own Book Set - Rainbow

Make Your Own Book Set – Rainbow

Some of our custom book jacket sets are available in our online store, however 99% of what we sell is custom made and so it is best to call or e-mail us about your project.

So, whether you have a project that calls for rebinding one book, or a need for several thousand books, Juniper Books can help!

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

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

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Bayleaf on Pearl

Posted on April 12, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Wine Books in Custom Book Jackets

Juniper Books worked with Bayleaf on Pearl, a specialty retailer in Boulder, Colorado, to create a number of customized cookbooks and wine books for sale, as well as to provide antique leather books for merchandising the shelves.

Bayleaf ‘s store is all about beautiful and luxurious goods, mostly European design or influenced.   The idea for the custom book jackets was to take parts of their existing inventory and upgrade it to be more special and exclusive.  Juniper Books custom designed and printed a number of book jackets – both sets that make up graphical designs, as well as individual books in leather style book covers.

Juniper Books has worked with numerous retailers ranging from Kiehl’s to Pottery Barn to provide decorative books for sale as well as for visual merchandising.

  • Specialty retailer in Boulder, Colorado
  • Juniper Books provided antique leather books including several oversized antique leather books, for the retailer to use in merchandising their new store
  • Juniper Books also custom designed and printed book jackets for some of their wine books and cookbooks for sale.

To contact us about your project, feel free to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call 303-946-1494, or use the form below.





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Stately Homes By-the-Sea

Posted on March 20, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Vellum Style Books in Rumson, NJ Designer Show House

The Stately Homes By-the-Sea Designer Show House is a fantastic event in picturesque Rumson, New Jersey that takes place every other year.  The Show House benefits the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, part of VNA Health Group, the largest voluntary, nonprofit home care agency in New Jersey serving more than 125,000 individuals each year in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties.

Interior designer Darren Henault asked us to help with the books for the room he was designing at the Show House.  The room was full of bookshelves, with room for over a thousand volumes!

We worked with Darren on a custom design of specially printed antique vellum style book covers in tones of cream and gold.  We invented the custom printed book jackets a couple years ago and have been perfecting them with each project and installation like this.

 

This project was published in the October, 2011 issue of New York Spaces Magazine.

At Juniper Books, we are always open to helping out good causes by means of our books.  We also enjoy working with leading designers to integrate our unique book collections into their vision, especially at high profile, trendsetting events such as the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

To contact us about your project, feel free to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call 303-946-1494, or use the form below.





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Pasadena Showcase

Posted on March 20, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Books in Lady's Study Pasadena Showcase House

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is a wonderful annual event that supports funding for music oriented organizations and has raised more than 18 million dollars to support the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall and local symphonic, cultural and educational programs for youth since 1948.

We were honored recently to work with interior designer Julie Kays on her Lady’s Study at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. The books we provided are a mix of real antique vellum and our custom printed vellum jackets made to look like antique vellum books.

For this room, Julie had space for about 300 books and wanted something special befitting the “lady of the house.”  The books we provided were a curated mix of literature, history and travel all in white and cream tones with mostly gold, yellow, and charcoal accents.   They are unified by their antique vellum (aka white leather) appearance, perhaps the rarest of bindings and a style that we specialize in carrying both an authentic antique inventory of books and a style that we reproduced with our custom printed book jackets.

At Juniper Books, we are always open to helping out good causes by means of our books.  We also enjoy working with leading designers to integrate our unique book collections into their vision, especially at high profile, trendsetting events such as the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

To contact us about your project, feel free to e-mail 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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Press Coverage of the Green Room

Posted on February 26, 2012 by - Blog, Press and News, Recent Projects

Maria Menounos interviews Kelly Ripa in the Green Room

We were thrilled to be a part of the Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 84th Academy Awards® designed by Waldo Fernandez.   The bookshelves are very much the physical center of the room and a very unique feature that no one has ever seen before – so they definitely will make an impression on anyone who sees them in person.

Below are links to several short videos including an interview with Kelly Ripa in front of the books, click image to play.

Maria Menounos interviews Kelly Ripa in the Green Room

Maria Menounos interviews Kelly Ripa in the Green Room

On Oscars® pre-show “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live” on ABC Jess Cagle made a very quick walk out from the Green Room and our books are visible on the left.

Jess Cagle ABC Red Carpet Live in the Green Room

Jess Cagle ABC Red Carpet Live in the Green Room

WXYZ-ABC Detroit Interview with Waldo Fernandez

WXYZ-ABC Detroit Interview with Waldo Fernandez

Entertainment Tonight Green Room

Entertainment Tonight Green Room

Architectural Digest

Official Architectural Digest Greenroom Photo

Link to All Architectural Digest Coverage

Fine Books & Collections

Fine Books & Collections Magazine Blog

Fine Books & Collections Magazine Blog

HauteLiving.com

Oscars Green Room

Oscars Green Room

Pursuitist.com

Academy Awards Green Room

Academy Awards Green Room

Associated Press

Yahoo! News
USA Today
Wonderall MSN
Yahoo! OMG!
Curbed
Stylelist
Boston Globe:
Chicago Tribune
Daily Reporter
San Jose Mercury News
The Nevada Appeal
CNSNews.com
Times Union
Xfinity.com
York Daily Record
The Aspen Business Journal
WNYT.com News Channel 13 (Albany, NY)
Cox Communications
Mainichi Daily News

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Academy Awards Green Room Book Sets

Juniper Books Green Room Video

Academy Awards Green Room Video

Posted on February 25, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Elizabeth Taylor Close Up Books

The Architectural Digest Greenroom at the Academy Awards this weekend looks pretty spectacular.  Since not everyone can be a presenter, award winner, or otherwise get backstage to see the room and the library we custom designed for the event, I made a short video highlighting our custom book jacket creations.  The video plays on the creative round trip we conceptualized of film onto books and books into film.  Enjoy . . .

We are working on adding more photos and video of this project today so stay tuned.  If anyone captures any footage on TV showing the room and our books, I’d love to hear about it!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Oscars Green Room Unveiled

Posted on February 23, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Juniper Books Library for the Academy Awards Greenroom

The 2012 Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 84th Academy Awards® designed by Waldo Fernandez, with a library by Juniper Books, has been officially unveiled!  Today the media had tours of the room – a number of articles will start to appear tomorrow, plus various TV coverage throughout the weekend and the event itself on Sunday February 26, 2012.

Juniper Books Library in the Architectural Digest Academy Awards Greenroom

Juniper Books Library in the Architectural Digest Academy Awards Greenroom

The library we created for the Green Room is very much a tribute to the history of film and the 8 decades of the Academy Awards®.  It is also unlike anything anyone has ever seen before with books, thanks to custom book jackets and the great progress we have made over the past couple years designing and printing unique libraries.

Juniper Books Library for the Academy Awards Greenroom

Juniper Books Library for the Academy Awards Greenroom

Many hours were spent choosing film stills from the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.  Then weeks were dedicated to diligently laying out and printing the images, so that when wrapped around books, the sets make up one scene.  The idea was to capture the spirit of the movies in a way that has never been done before.  The presenters, award winners, and other visitors to the room may only have a few minutes to relax and enjoy – the books give them something to look at, and perhaps be inspired by.

Other suppliers of fine furnishings and artwork for the Architectural Digest Greenroom include Questroyal Fine Art, Caesarstone, Samsung, HP, Schumacher, Feizy Rugs, California Classics Reserve Collection Flooring, Giati Designs, Pollaro Custom Furniture, Nicholas Mongiardo Studio, John Carpenter / Young Projects Gallery, and Donald Kaufman Color.

It’s been a long day here in LA – so I’ll leave it there for now.  More news and photos to follow.

Thatcher

 

Vellum Style Custom Jackets

Posted on February 9, 2012 by - Blog, Book Styles

Custom Vellum Covers Closeup Harvard Classics

Our custom vellum style book jackets are designed to transform ordinary books into books that look like antique vellum (white leather) books.  They are one of our most popular styles.

This style of books from Juniper books – both the simulated vellum and the real thing were featured in the January 2011 issue of Veranda magazine.

  • The basic design is a cream toned jacket with gold details and titles.
  • We can customize them with a wide variety of accent colors and spine embellishments
  • We can build a library of books by subject and/or author and make these vellum style covers for them
  • Customer may also ship us their books to have new jackets put on
  • These jackets can either be printed with the titles of the underlying books or used to create a faux library of “filler” books that look like beautiful vellum books at a fraction of the cost (and very impressive titles!)

Below are some of the examples of how we can custom design and print these book jackets.  We take inspiration from our inventory of vellum bindings to design new styles. The result is classic looking books even if they are not truly classics.

Many clients have utilized our printed book covers to transform their libraries and shelves into very open, airy, uniform and luxurious spaces. The vellum style covers are a great way to make your bookshelves look light and spacious.

show house project we did with Darren Henault Interiors using about 1,000 vellum wrapped books is also featured in the September 2010 issue of New York Spaces magazine.

To compare these to the real thing – see antique vellum books.

We are starting to add some ready made sets using this style of book jacket to our online store, such as the Jane Austen set available below.

Jane Austen Vellum Set Custom Jackets

Jane Austen Vellum Set

To inquire about this style of books, please feel free to e-mail us through the form below.





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Leather Style Custom Jackets

Posted on February 6, 2012 by - Blog, Book Styles

Our custom book jackets that look like antique leather take inspiration from the real thing (we always have a large inventory of genuine antique leather books) and transform modern hardcovers into classical elegant bindings quickly and economically.  The result is leather book covers (made on paper but they look convincingly like leather) that are beautiful and many design options are possible.
  • Available in a variety of colors and spine designs.  We have made them in brown, black, red, blue, green, purple, pink and other colors!
  • Customers may ship us their books to have new jackets put on or we can supply the books and put the leather book covers on.
  • Literary classics in simulated leather jackets are one of our most popular requests.
  • These jackets can either be printed with the titles of the underlying books or used to create a faux library of “filler” books that look like beautiful leather books at a fraction of the cost (and very impressive titles!)
  • Some clients with real antique leather books in their libraries order these to supplement their collections – ie adding a set of 20th century works which don’t exist in antique leather such as Agatha Christie shown below.
The majority of our work with these jackets is custom projects for private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers and others, however we have recently started offering ready made sets in our online store.  Please see:

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on January 31, 2012 by - Blog, Book Resources, Ideas and Advice

Purple Bronte Set

I firmly believe that books make great gifts for any occasion and for every potential gift recipient, there is a book you can give them that they will love, even if they don’t like books!  Sorry if that was a bit of brain twister, but it’s true – if literary classics aren’t of interest, an impressive coffee table book on a favorite topic (Motorcycles? Paris? Fried Chicken?) might appeal!

February has arrived and Valentine’s Day isn’t far away.  For the holiday we have created several Valentine’s Day themed book sets matched with our custom book jackets in reds, pinks, purples and other colors.   Below you will find links to our new offerings.  Please click on the links below or on the photos to be taken directly to the items in our online store.

1. I Love Books Set – $150.  This set shows that the proud owner loves printed books – and the “love” books have been specifically selected for Valentine’s Day given their romantic themes.  The set of 5 brand new books includes Persuasion by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  See also the slight variation on this set.

I Love / Heart Books

I Love / Heart Books

2. Jane Austen Set in pink leather style jackets – $235.  Our most popular set when we launched it just before the holidays at the end of 2011, the product was featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP. The set is comprised of the complete works of Jane Austen, published by Oxford, then we made custom printed jackets to look like pink leather covers.  A great gift set of classic novels including Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Emma.

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

3. Literary Classics in Red- $250.  This set incorporates 8 literary classics with our custom jackets in a bold modern design that spells out exactly what they are.  The books are all new and include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Literary Classics in Red

Literary Classics in Red

4. Valentine’s Day Decorative 3 Book Set ($45) and Decorative 5 Book Set ($75).  The underlying books are re-purposed law books, so these sets are all about the design of the jackets, which are eye-catching, fun and very pink!  These are great for decorating the house for an event, or for retailers to merchandise store windows.

Valentines Day 3 Book Decorative Set

Valentines Day 3 Book Decorative Set

Valentines 5 Book Decorative Set Head On

Horizontal Valentine's Day Set

5. Modern Victorian Set in Red – $225.  This set uses a classic Victorian book design from the late 19th century for the book jackets, wrapped around five 20th Century American classics.  The books include classics from Faulkner, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Willa Cather and John Cheever.

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

6. Cook’s Books in Pink – $250. Our set of 5 classic cookbooks now comes in pink for Valentine’s Day.  Cleverly contained within the letters for Cook’s Books are the titles and authors of the books.  The books are all brand new and include The Joy of Cooking, The Essential New York Times Cookbook and American Cookery by James Beard.

Pink Cook's Books Set

Pink Cook's Books Set

7. I Love J.D. Salinger Set – $150.  Salinger is one of my favorite writers and I came up with this simple idea for the four volumes that make up his complete works.  Like the “Literary Classics” and “Cook’s Books” sets above, this set places the titles for the books within the letters on the spines.  This is a great gift for guys – trust me!

I Love JD Salinger Set

I Love JD Salinger Set

 

8. European Engraving “Six Pack” – $90.  This set of 6 books is purely decorative.  We have re-purposed six substantially sized law books with an image from an antique engraving that is beautiful, detailed and engaging.  This is a fun way to decorate your shelves with a festive image of lovers, musicians and revelers at a Renaissance village gathering. -

European Engraving Book Set

European Engraving Decorative Book Set

9. Bronte Sisters Purple Book Set – $300.  This set of 7 books represent the complete works of the Brontë sisters – Anne, Charlotte and Emily.  The classic works include Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.  We unified the set with a very pretty floral design and jackets printed in a leather style in purple .

Purple Bronte Set

Brontë Sisters in Purple Jackets

10. Two Ladies Traveling Decorative Set- $60.  This set isn’t necessarily specific to Valentine’s Day, but I think it’s a very nice design for the shelves.  Like the European Engraving set above, it uses re-purposed law books as the underlying volumes.  The beautiful jacket design is based on a Victorian book cover that we love.

Two Ladies Travelling Decorative Book Set

Two Ladies Traveling Decorative Book Set

11. Pretty Woman in Mirror Decorative Set – $60.  Same as the set immediately above, a Victorian book cover caught our eye and we turned it into a design for the book jackets on this set of re-purposed law books.  Our ideas for book designs are sometimes purely decorative and not about the content of the books – sometimes we combine content and style, sometimes we choose one over the other!

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

12. Blank Journals – $15 each.  This is a new experiment for us!  We are taking old book designs that we love and using the artwork on the covers of blank unlined journals.  They aren’t fancy, but they are unique and you won’t find them anywhere else.  Depending on how this experiment goes (please buy one!) we will continue to develop this line and create some very interesting journals . . .

Juniper Books Blank Journals with Vintage Book Covers

Juniper Books Blank Journals with Vintage Book Covers

13. Penguin Classics – we didn’t create these, but we love their design and are happy to build custom collections of them.  We offer a set of 10 where you can pick your titles and we will ship the selected books to you.

Penguin Classics

Penguin Classics

14. Gift Certificates – if you want to give the gift of books but don’t know exactly what to buy, our gift certificates are a great choice.  Unlike a traditional bookstore where the gift certificate is only good towards what they have in the store, you can use Juniper Books Gift Certificates towards anything and everything book related – custom book jackets, custom bookbinding, rare book or first edition searches, and much more.

A quick thank you to the various blogs who have discovered some of our Valentine’s Day creations and featured them on their sites including DesignSponge.com, BookRiot.com and lots of tumblr users.  We love how the web works and how everyone can discover something they never knew existed!  Keep it flowing . . .

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

New Book Sets for Sale

Posted on January 14, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

The Juniper Books team has been busy the past few weeks creating new products for sale in our online store.  After many years of doing custom work for private clients, interior designers, and others, we launched the  store at the end of 2011.  While the majority of our business is still custom projects including curated libraries, decorative book installations, and everything else unique and personalized in the world of books, we love making these book sets and reaching a wider audience with them.

Much of the focus of our creative efforts this time of year is on making beautiful book gifts for Valentine’s Day.  Below you will find links to our new offerings, we will probably post a Valentine’s book gift guide in a couple weeks, but this is a bit of an advance preview of the products that are already for sale.  Of course, our most popular book set, the pink “leather” style Jane Austen set, is still for sale and would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift. This set was featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2011 GOOP holiday gift guide.

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

Please click on the links below or on the photos to be taken directly to the online store – as always we are open to suggestions for new products and also feedback on what we are doing with books and decorative book covers.

- Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Literary Classics in Red

Literary Classics in Red

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

Pink Cook's Books Set

Pink Cook's Books Set

 

I Love JD Salinger Set

I Love JD Salinger Set

European Engraving Book Set

European Engraving Book Set

Bronte Sisters Purple Book Set

Bronte Sisters Purple Book Set

 

Two Ladies Travelling Decorative Book Set

Two Ladies Traveling Decorative Book Set

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

Juniper Books Blank Journals with Vintage Book Cover Designs

Juniper Books Blank Journals

 

Thomas Keller Cookbook Set

Thomas Keller Cookbook Set

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

 

Holiday Party 2011

Posted on December 13, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

On December 11th we hosted our second annual Juniper Books holiday warehouse party.  We had a great turnout of friends, customers, local designers, retailers, booksellers, and various others in our local network.  Thanks to everyone who attended.  If you are in the Denver/Boulder area next December and interested in what we are doing, send me an e-mail and we will invite you to the next party.

The centerpiece of the party was our Christmas tree made of books.  Last year we made one out of about 800 green books. This year, the creation took up a little less space, and was an elegant design using all olive green law books.  We carved the edges of the books to be shaped like tree branches (don’t worry there are enough law books in the world to justify this), then hung ornaments from the page edges, draped it in lights, then topped it with a star.

In addition to the Christmas Tree made of law books we also showed off some other recent creations:

If I can help pick out any holiday book gifts please let me know.  The Juniper Books Gift Certificate is always a good choice for the book lover who you aren’t sure exactly what they want, but they probably want something to do with books!

Happy Holidays,

Thatcher

Books by Color & Design

Posted on November 12, 2011 by - Photos

Jane Austen Pink Leather Set

Juniper Books works with clients, both residential and commercial, to curate libraries and/or create/modify books that truly integrate into a design.  Thatcher believes there is  nothing wrong with choosing books by their covers – he helps designers and clients by building book collections by color, size, binding style, and subject matter where appropriate.  If a desired color or binding style doesn’t exist, Thatcher will create it using his custom designed and printed book jackets, rebind books,  or perhaps wrap them in various fabrics or papers.

Thatcher works with interior designers, homeowners, visual merchandisers, purchasing managers, property owners, to obtain exactly the right look for any quantity of books, whether they are selected for their color or style as published, or modified by Juniper Books. Thatcher works with clients in all budget ranges and can participate in all stages of the planning and implementation of a project.

Some of our books are available in our online store, including the Jane Austen set in pink leather style custom covers, however for most requests for books by color or design, it is best to contact us directly as most of what we do is highly customized.   Please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.

 

Please click on one of the photos below to visit the page for these book styles:

Juniper Books Literary Classics Custom Jackets

Custom Jackets

Juniper Books Custom Wrapped White Books

Custom Wrapped Solids

Yellow and Orange Books

Color Selected Hardcover Books

Victorian Bindings Handpicked by Juniper Books

Decorative Bindings

Antique Leather Books

Antique Leather Books

Pattern Wrapped Books from Juniper Books

Pattern Wrapped Books

Neutral Linen Fabric Wrapped Books

Fabric Wrapped Books

To see some installation photos from our portfolio of books selected by color and design,  please click on the photos below:

Installation of two thousand white wrapped books

Custom Wrapped White Books

Hotel Lorien Alexandria Virginia

White Books in a Hotel Lobby

Black Wrapped Books with Deckled Edges

Dallas Library with Black Wrapped Books

W Hollywood Residences

W Hollywood Residences

To reach Thatcher regarding your color or design coordinated book project / collection please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call him at 303-946-1494, or use the form below.  Inquiries from designers, architects, visual merchandisers, prop masters, set designers, homeowners, hotels, restaurants, retailers, and everyone else welcome!





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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

Juniper Books in the New York Times!

Posted on June 23, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

 

 

Thatcher Wine in the New York Times Selling a Book By Its Cover

Thatcher Wine in the New York Times - Jamie Schwaberow for The New York Times

It’s been almost six months since the big article on what I’m doing with books came out on Thursday January 6th, in the New York Times.  It was a great article by Penelope Green.  Plus the story was accompanied by a fantastic slideshow – a Times photographer visited our warehouse in Boulder and they sent photographers to several of our projects in Austin TX, Miami FL, and New York City.  A special thank you to our clients who were willing to be interviewed and have their libraries photographed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/garden/06books.html

Here is a photo of my father, Barry Wine, reading the paper when it came out!

Barry Wine reading New York Times Article About Thatcher Wine

Barry Wine reading The New York Times

The past 6 months have been incredibly business with new orders – customers all around the world have discovered what I’m doing – especially with the custom designed and printed book jackets I launched in 2010.  Also our custom curated book collections on a whole variety of subjects.  Orders have come in from Italy, Mexico, Singapore, Australia, and beyond . . .

The article begins:

“IT took Thatcher Wine a year to amass 2,000 well-preserved white vellum and cream-colored leatherbound books for a “gentleman’s library” in the Northern California estate of a private equity manager. Perfectly matched sets of books bound in antique vellum, a pale leather made from goat or sheep skin, are an elusive quarry, especially if they all have to be in English, said Mr. Wine, a former Internet entrepreneur who now creates custom book collections and decorative “book solutions,” as he puts it, in his Boulder, Colo., warehouse.”

To read the full article click here.

Juniper Books Goes to China!

Posted on June 23, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

Bund Pictorial Article on Juniper Books

Bund Pictorial Article on Juniper Books

We’ve been fortunate this year to have a couple stories written about our business in Chinese publications.  I have yet to see a flood of orders from Chinese customers looking to build a library of leather bound books, or a curated library of literary classics for their shelves in Shanghai (or Dubai, or New York, or Vancouver – we ship anywhere) but I’m sure they are coming.

One of the results of the January 6th New York Times article about my business and the creative things I am doing with books, is that I have received orders from around the world from as well as interest from various publications in Italy, Australia, China and other countries.  It has been incredibly fun talking with everyone and I really appreciate how interested everyone is in the future of the book, how better book collections can be built and how books overall can be better integrated with design.

An article appeared in the Shanghai Daily on May 8, 2011 entitled “Made-to-order libraries”.  It is currently behind their subscribers wall but I can send it to anyone who requests it.

Then earlier this year, an article appeared in the Bund Pictorial, in Mandarin – this one can be found through this link:

http://www.bundpic.com/link.php?linkid=13571

Here is a link to a Google translated version of the site.  Note: it does not translate well but it is a hoot to read.  “Thatcher temperature” ???   I wish I could read it in Chinese.

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bundpic.com%2Flink.php%3Flinkid%3D13571

And here is my original Q&A correspondence with Florence.

1  Can you share with us your first custom library design experience? Is it successful?

I started selling rare books in 2001 as a part time occupation.  In 2005, someone asked me to help them put together a collection of 4,000 books for their new home.  I interviewed the family  about their interests, hobbies, occupations, what sports they liked, who were their heroes, favorite authors, and many other things.  Then I built the book collection from their perspective – what would I buy and display on my shelves if I were them.  It was very successful and I have kept the same approach – paying attention to all the details and making the library look like it has been built one book at a time over the years.

2  How and why did you become a custom library designer? How did your former professional experiences help you in your new career?

The business of becoming a custom library designer has been an evolution and it was not something I set out to do.   I started selling rare books because it was fun and educational in that I learned something from every book I handled.  Previously I did a few entrepreneurial things – helping companies develop their Internet strategies and go online, and then I started a company that built online customer service solutions.  Those careers didn’t have much to do with books or design, but they did teach me a lot about having the patience to find and build a unique business instead of trying to create it overnight, listening to your customers and evolving to meet a market need, and enjoying your work so that it never seems like work.

3  Your profession needs you to have a comprehensive and profound understanding of books of different sectors and areas. Do you like reading and how did you get to enrich your knowledge about books in your work?

Yes I love reading, but more than that I love learning about history and authors, and various subjects I’m less familiar with.   So, when a client comes to me and asks me to build a collection of the complete works of a particular author or to put together some books about a subject, I really enjoy the process of learning as I work on their requests.  I don’t present myself as an expert in every subject or every author, but I do learn things quickly and figure out who are the specialist booksellers who can help me with various requests.  I have a lot of experience with so many varied requests that nothing really scares me and I can generally figure out how to build a book collection around any theme.

4  Book collection used to be your hobby, but now it’s your job. How a book collection as your work is different from that as your hobby?

It’s not very different, except that I’m a lot busier.  I think a lot of people have hobbies that they would love to turn into a a job, but very few people do it.  The reality is if you enjoy something as a hobby and you have a unique approach to it, then many times it will succeed as a business.

5  Where and how do you buy your books? Do you have a frequented bookstore or some particular book dealer partners?

I buy books from a lot of different sources.  When I can I visit the bookstores where I live in Boulder and Denver Colorado such as Red Letter Books or Gallagher Books.  I have some “book scouts” who bring me books that they know I can use.  I buy out estates and sometimes entire bookstores when they close.  I often find the books I need on ebay, amazon or abebooks.  I receive inquiries from all over the US of people with book collections they would like to sell, so I buy those remotely.  For specific requests, such as an Agatha Christie first edition, I know the dealers who have the best inventory, sometimes they are online and sometimes they are not.

6  Can you tell us something about your clients, including the hotels and design agencies? What kind  of people your individual clients are? Why do they want to spend a lot of money to have a their own custom library?

Having a library assembled for you is not for everyone, but when a homeowner or designer wants to fill a lot of shelves and have it look great, they call me.  My clients usually are building a new home, or a second home, and they simply do not have the time to go out and buy the books one by one, and they know that if I help them, the books will make sense as a coherent collection, look great on the shelves, they know I will save them tons of time and I will probably save them money too.  A design firm like Cullman & Kravis in New York has engaged my services many times for their clients as they know it’s a very special service I provide and that I will deliver the books on time, on budget, and they will generally exceed expectations.  The commercial projects are generally collaborations with designers such as with Theresa Fatino on the W Hollywood Residences Lobby where she had a vision for the design and I helped her fulfill that with some very special handpicked vellum books and custom wrapped volumes in neutral papers and fabrics.

7  How do your individual clients’ aesthetic in library design change? In other words, what’s the trend of books and their cover design?

I’m seeing a huge interest in light colored books – it’s related to people wanting to use light and neutral tones to make spaces feel bigger and brighter.  As it relates to the books, this means a lot of antique vellum books, neutral colored sets, white wrapped books and custom printed book covers with the primary color being white.  I’m also seeing a renewed interest in literary classics.  I think this reflects somewhat of a trend of “back to basics” – people reading the classics, or at the very least being surrounded by them and having the option of reading them.  Many clients tell me they want their children to see the classics on their shelves as they grow up, at least be familiar with the authors and titles and and hopefully be inspired to read them.

8  Can you share with us the design of your own library?

The books in my home include a little bit of everything that I sell.  In my office I have collections of some of my favorite authors – Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger, Nick Hornby – in various editions and bindings – first editions in dustjackets, signed copies, leather bindings, Easton Press editions, etc.  I also have collections of Colorado history, reference books on Navajo rugs,  and books related to my alma mater Dartmouth College.  In my living room, I have books chosen both for their color and their content – the selection includes books in green, brown and gold decorative cloth and leather bindings by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas.  In my kitchen I have some cookbooks in my custom printed book jackets and for my kids I also have childrens books in custom printed book covers.

9  What kinds of books do your clients tend to decorate their residential or hotel library? Do you agree with the concept that “books’ decorative function will be stronger than their reading function in the future” ? Why?

This varies so much from client to client and that is what my business is all about.  I don’t have a speciality in a particular type of books or a single design aesthetic – my business is about customizing book collections so that they contain the books my clients want and look look like they want.  So, my clients libraries range from classical looking collections of antique leather books to ultra-modern walls of color books.  Yoo Design by Philippe Starck is all about white books whereas the collection I built for the Four Seasons Residences in Austin, Texas is all about high quality handpicked literature, history and other subjects.  Books are very personal, even when used as decorative objects in a hotel lobby for example.  They evoke something beyond the here and now, they convey a sense of history and intelligence both through their titles and contents but also as objects that are more than a rectangular shape even if covered up in a solid color book jacket.  I think there will always be printed books and there will always be a market for them.  However, as electronic books become better and more popular, the books in many homes will yes, be used primarily as decorative objects and accessories.

10 Before collecting books for your clients, what kind of research and analyse you usually do as preparation work? Generally, how long does it take for your to design a library from the beginning to the end?

It varies substantially depending on how complicated the project is.  For example we are making 4,000 white books for client right now and will complete that project in less than 2 weeks.  On the other hand we spent about 12 months building a collection of 2,000 antique leather and vellum books – it took that long because the books were rare, we had to source them a few books at a time, and the client was very discriminating about which books were acceptable to him.  I’d say most projects can be completed in 3-5 weeks or less.  The research and analysis before a project begins also varies.  If it is something we have done before, I can very quickly quote a price and get started.  If it is something new, like assembling a collection by an obscure author or subject, it takes a few days of book searching and possibly conversations with some of my book sources, to then quote a price and move forward.

11 Can you tell us the most impressive experience of collecting books for your clients? The most expensive book? A client with the most weird requirement of his or her book collection?

Nearly all of my business is hardcovers and leather books, but I had a request recently from a client to build a collection of well worn paperbacks by a particular author who was coming to visit my client in a couple weeks and she wanted it to look like she had read all the books!  For another client, they wanted all the books in a room to coordinate with the color of a light fixture, so they sent me the color swatch and I made new jackets for the books that matched it exactly.  Most of my business these days is not about super expensive rare books, but about building entire libraries and so looking at the cost of a full collection and not the individual price of the books.  That being said, I do have a number of clients for whom spending $1000 on a rare first edition of P.G. Wodehouse or $4500 on a signed limited edition Easton Press book is what I help them with.

12 Do you define yourself as a artist or a businessman? Why? Do you have a design credo of yourself?

Good question, I see myself as a craftsman working in the medium of books and libraries.  The work is so customized for every client that it requires a lot of specialized skills and attention to detail.   My credo is not a simple one liner.  Basically, I think that for too long people have accepted books as they are, I believe that everyone should be able to have the books they want and to have them look great, if they don’t exist in the world that way, they should be modified so they look exactly the way you want them to look.  This is the age of customization and personalization, there is nothing sacred about books that prevents them from being customized and personalized while everything else in the world is.

13 How many residential and commercial library do you have designed? Do you have and new plans for your future?

I don’t keep an exact count, but I’d say I have worked on several hundred projects that range from finding one special book for a client to building entire libraries.  The plans for the future are to continue doing innovative things with books.  I feel like I am just getting started on all the creative ideas for changing the look of books and how they are used.

14 The elephant image formed by several books is designed according to the requirement of your client for their custom library or ….?

I created the elephant for my own shelves.  I found the original image in an old book from the 1760s and loved it.  It was buried in an old book so I decided to liberate it and put it on the outside of the books.  I will be doing a lot more of this in the future as I have a lot of illustrations that I love as well as original artwork to work from.

Thatcher Wine

Juniper Books

Boulder, CO

Fun with Book Jackets and a Camera

Posted on June 7, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice, Recent Projects

OK, maybe I had too much fun with this one, but I wanted to show what is possible with our custom designed and printed book jackets and a little creativity.

For one photo shoot, we made book covers using an image of pizza then I played around with placing them in a pizza box and with a pizza cutter!

For another one, I brought in one of my Navajo blankets and rounded up some western americana items, then arranged them with the books we made with images from an old sioux ledger drawing.

Lastly, the most fun I had was with my son’s toy ride on car (awesome vintage roadster from babystyle) and some of the miniature formula 1 style cars weaving in and out of the vintage race car book jackets.

I can make just about any design on book spines, and as you can see it can be whimsical and fun from these Juniper Books projects.  Or it can be serious as with our vellum style or antique leather style book covers.

To contact us regarding your commercial project, please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call Thatcher at 303-946-1494, or use the form below.





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Turning Nancy Drew Pink

Posted on June 6, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

A client recently hired us to help solve a problem – they wanted a complete set of Nancy Drew books in their daughter’s room, but they wanted them in pink, not the standard bright yellow edition that is commonly available.  Our solution – custom designed and printed book jackets!

Nancy Drew Yellow Before and Pink After

Nancy Drew Before and After

The pink also had to be a very specific pink so the designer sent us the paint chip to work from.  My philosophy has always been that you no longer have to accept books as they are, if you don’t like the way they look but want to keep them for the titles and content, we can help change them!

Nancy Drew Pink Jackets Magnifying Glass

Nancy Drew Set with Magnifying Glass

Growing up with Hardy Boys books and Nancy Drew books, we love to see these books still being read by kids today.  If it takes changing their color with new decorative book jackets, that’s a pretty easy solution that we are happy to be a part of.

Nancy Drew in Custom Jackets from Juniper Books

Nancy Drew in Custom Pink Jackets

We can make custom book jackets for any books – they can change the color and style of books so that they better integrate into a home library, bookshelf, or any room.  We can make them look like antique vellum, antique leather, create cool graphic designs, very modern styles, or just about anything else.

To contact us regarding your commercial project, please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call Thatcher at 303-946-1494, or use the form below.





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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

Custom Jackets – Simple Modern Designs

Posted on May 11, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

2011 has been a very creative and fun year so far.  I’ve had the good fortune of doing projects with numerous homeowners and interior designers around the world.  While still a niche product, the people who are finding our custom designed and printed book jackets love them, and they are making a big difference in how their homes, bookshelves, libraries look.  We even did a fun project recently for the library of a yacht, bringing elegance and coordination to their library of travel guides.

One of the most popular styles I have introduced are  book jackets in solid colors with bold titles on the spines.  I love these because they create a really clean and unified look for bookshelves, bookcases and entire rooms.  Most of the photos in this gallery are in this style.  We can print them in any color / typeface combination.

Another cool new concept I have created is to put big bold letters on each book spine that have book titles and authors within them.  This gives the books a very clean modern appearance, it is a wonderful way to delineate sections within a library as well.

Designers and homeowners have requested specific pantone colors, sent us paint or carpet colors to match, etc. – I love the challenge of making books look great.

One of the main tenets of my philosophy about selling books and creating libraries is that you don’t have to accept books as they are but you also don’t have to pick your books just by color.   If you love your books and want to keep them but they don’t fit in to your design, I can change how they look.  If you want to start from scratch, I will assemble a collection of books in the exact subjects and sizes you would like, and make custom book covers for them so they are perfect for your space.

- Thatcher

Here are just a few recent creations:

Black Jackets with White Titles

Black Jackets with White Titles

Black White Grey and Purple Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Black White Grey and Purple Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Brown Cream and Orange Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Brown Cream and Orange Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Silver Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Silver Book Jackets with Printed Titles

To discuss your project with Thatcher, please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.

Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House Opens

Posted on May 3, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

In the past few months we have been honored to participate in several charity show houses by providing books to our designer friends in order to support their visions.  Darren Henault asked us to help with the books for his room at the the Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House at Holly Hill in Rumson New Jersey.   The room was full of bookshelves, with space for over a thousand volumes.

Darren Henault Room at Stately Homes By The Sea Designer Show House

Stately Homes By-The-Sea

Thatcher worked with Darren on a custom design of specially printed vellum (antique white leather) style book covers in tones of cream and gold.  All of the books in the room use our unique product of book jackets that look like antique leather – a concept that Thatcher invented in 2010 and has been working hard to perfect with each project and installation.  The result is a luxurious uniform look to the shelves, and a library of literary classics to read and enjoy, but that also look like they belong.

Darren Henault Designed Room

Darren Henault Designed Room

Congratulations to Darren and his team at Darren Henault Interiors on a beautiful job.  And good luck to everyone involved with the event and the case that it benefits: The Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey.

For more information please visit these sites and the show house which runs from May 3 – June 12, 2011.

http://juniperbooks.com/portfolio/show-houses/stately-homes-by-the-sea/

http://www.statelyhomesbythesea.com

http://www.darrenhenault.com/

To contact us regarding your project, please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call Thatcher at 303-946-1494, or use the form below.




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Juniper Books at the Pasadena Showcase House

Posted on April 18, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News, Recent Projects

We were flattered to be asked by designer Julie Kays to provide some books for her Lady’s Study at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design in Pasadena, California.  The Show house just opened yesterday and runs through May 15th.  It’s for a good cause so if you are in Southern California please visit!

http://www.pasadenashowcase.org/

The books we provided are a mix of real antique vellum and our custom printed vellum jackets made to look like antique vellum books.  For this room, Julie had room for about 300 books and wanted something special befitting the “lady of the house.”  The books we provided are special indeed – a mix of literature, history and travel all in white and cream tones with mostly gold, yellow, and charcoal accents.   They are unified by their antique vellum (aka white leather) appearance, perhaps the rarest of bindings and a style that we specialize in carrying both an authentic antique inventory of books and a style that we reproduced with our custom printed book jackets.

We are awaiting photos from the showhouse (feel free to send us yours and we will post them) but here are some photos of the books before they shipped.

Thanks Julie – it was a pleasure collaborating with you.  For more information on Julie Kays Design, please visit her site:

http://www.juliekaysdesign.com/index.html

For more information on our vellum book collections please click on this photo:

Vellum - Arabian Nights

Vellum - Arabian Nights

For more information on our custom designed and printed book collections including those made to look like antique vellum books, please click on this photo:

Simulated Vellum Book Jackets

Simulated Vellum Book Jackets

Stay tuned for more photos from Pasadena.

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

The Purple Book Project

Posted on April 12, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Spring is in the air and I’ve been thinking about vibrant spring colors lately.  When I think about colors, I think about  colors for books and new book jacket designs.

I had a couple sets of James Whitcomb Riley – the “Hoosier poet” – in stock.  The bindings were attractive i their own right with a nice early 20th century floral design (not sure where I put the “before” photo).  The first set of jackets we made was in our vellum style jackets – a white leather design.

James Whitcomb Riley Vellum Covers

James Whitcomb Riley Vellum Covers

Soon after those rolled off the printer, I quickly started thinking about a more brightly colored version. I’ve always liked how publishers make some mainstream cloth bindings in purple tones and I’m consistently surprised when I come across them as if they are a rare find, which they are not.  Purple leather, on the other hand, is rare, but beautiful.

I currently have a project in the works rebinding an antique cookbook in lavender leather – that project is expensive and will take several weeks or months to complete.  Designing and printing custom book jackets in a purple leather design on the other hand can be done in a day and costs a fraction of real leather.

Juniper Books Purple Leather Book Jackets

Juniper Books Purple Leather Book Jackets

We played with the design in order to get the titles and spine elements to be nice and legible.  The result is a two-tone design using a light pink title bar and a richer purple for the rest of the jacket / binding.

Juniper Books Purple Leather Jackets Detail

Juniper Books Purple Leather Jackets Detail

As with all of our printed book jackets, we can customize the “flap text” – it can say “From the Library of . . .” or have a gift message, or information about the books.

Juniper Books Flap Text on Custom Printed Jackets

Juniper Books Flap Text on Custom Printed Jackets

Happy Spring!

Thatcher

Juniper Books