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Logo Books

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

Juniper Logo on Books 2

One of the many applications for our custom book jackets are to use them for branding in retail stores, hotels, restaurants, offices and other locations.  There are virtually unlimited uses of these custom printed jackets including:

  • Visual merchandising
  • Book props
  • Retail / store displays and promotions
  • Corporate Gifts
  • Corporate branding for meeting rooms, office lobbies, etc.
  • Special editions of published books (ie for a conference, holiday gift, other occasion)
We can print corporate logos on individual book jackets, or design installations on one shelf, multiple bookshelves, an entire bookcase, or an entire wall of books.  Some examples using corporate logos on books are shown below.

To inquire about this style of books, please feel free to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call 303-946-1494 or contact us through the form below.  If you would like to e-mail your logo file to discuss please send to thatcher@juniperbooks.com





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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

Suspended Book Fixtures and Lighting

Posted on August 30, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

Thatcher made these suspended books stacks using our custom wrapped books in linen fabric hung with steel cables from the warehouse ceiling.  The light fixtures were also conceived by Thatcher using retro Edison style bulbs and the alternating books and lights makes for a unique divider.

To inquire about Thatcher’s art projects made from books including commissioning custom works, please feel free to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or use the form below.





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Wrapped Book Towers

Posted on August 30, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

This isn’t really an art project but more of a design concept for cool ways to modify and display books, perhaps in a merchandising / retail environment.

Thatcher sometimes uses the book warehouse as somewhat of an R&D lab for how to use books in new and creative ways.  The book towers are a creative idea for displaying stacks of books. The concept starts with using wrapped books in neutral tones in order to allow the viewer to focus on how the books are arranged, instead of being distracted by their original colors and/or titles.  The books I chose all had deckled page edges so they look great from all sides.

 

To inquire about Thatcher’s art projects made from books including commissioning custom works, please feel free to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or use the form below.





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Book Stairs

Posted on August 30, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

The stairs in the Juniper Books warehouse always seemed very naked and I considered painting them or carpeting them, neither of which really would have solved the problem (or made use of the opportunity!)  Then I came up with the idea of using some of the plentiful modern fiction bestsellers I have around to make book panels for the risers.  The result is a very cool book staircase with real book spines on each step, giving the impression of an abundance of books under the stairs and adding to the overall literary decor of the warehouse!

To inquire about Thatcher’s art projects made from books including commissioning custom works, please feel free to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or use the form below.





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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.

Details and Links Re: New York Times Story

Posted on January 6, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

It’s been a busy day and exciting day here!  The story in the New York Times is wonderful and I’ve heard from old friends, past clients, new fans, etc. If you didn’t see the article, here is a link to the article, and a separate link to the slideshow:

Selling a Book By Its Cover – Article

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

Books as a Way to Grace a Room – Slideshow

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/01/05/garden/20110106-BOOKS-8.html

I wanted to take a minute to THANK a few people / firms who were mentioned in the article and provide links to their businesses too.  Please click on the links below to learn more:

Cullman & Kravis
The silver book jacket project show in the article is a collaboration with Cullman & Kravis and we have worked on many projects with them over the years.  Thank you Jenny and Ellie.  Additional photos of some projects we have worked on are available in our portfolio:

New Jersey Home

New Jersey Home

Beach House Library

Beach House Library

Cullman & Kravis Kips Bay Show House Room Mantle

Cullman & Kravis Kips Bay Show House

 

Abode Design of Austin, TX

The photo of the library of the Four Seasons Residences in Austin, TX was a collaboration with Fern Santini and Sally Rusch of Abode in Austin Texas – thank you.  Thank you also to the staff at the property for arranging the photo shoot.  The photo below links to another one of our projects with Abode.

Yoo Design / Icon Brickell

The photos of the magnificent wall of books at the spa of the Icon Brickell Residences in Miami, Florida was a collaboration with Victoria Smith of Yoo Design, the firm of Philippe Starck. Thank you to the management in Florida for coordinating the photo shoot.  Links to a couple other projects of ours that we collaborated on with Yoo Design are below.

The House in Dallas

 

95 Wall Street Library

95 Wall Street Library

The House in Dallas

Pottery Barn

Our book bundle product for sale just went live this week on the Pottery Barn website and in the catalog.  We put a lot of work into making the book bundles for sale and they are very unique decorative accessories.  We are thrilled to be working with a big company like the Pottery Barn, owned by Williams Sonoma Inc. and having them recognize the trend towards using books as decorative objects.

Pottery Barn Vintage Book Bundles

Pottery Barn Vintage Book Bundles

The modernist builder Steve Hermann who is quoted in the article is one of our clients.  The photo below links to our portfolio. Thank you Steve!

Installation of two thousand white wrapped books

Custom Wrapped White Books

Thank you to everyone at our PR firm DRS & Associates for making this publicity happen.  To contact us about press opportunities please see our press page at:

https://juniperbooks.com/about/press/

And of course, a big thank you to Penelope Green of the New York Times for writing such a thorough article, and to all the photographers and their beautiful work including Jamie Schwaberow who spent a half day at our warehouse in Boulder Colorado.   It was a lot of fun talking with them about the state of the book industry and sharing my thoughts on how book collections can be assembled and books can be modified and integrated into homes and businesses – I’m glad they were so interested in the story and the future of the book.

Thatcher Makes a Creative Hanukah Menorah from Books

Posted on November 26, 2010 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

I’m always thinking of creative things to do with books – whether it’s building book collections on specific themes, printing cool graphics on book jackets, or re-purposing old books into something new.  The Book Menorah concept is something that just hit me one day – the basic structure of a menorah (8 candle holders at one level with 1 candle at a slightly higher level) lends itself perfectly to being re-built with books that can be assembled in similar sizes.

Menorahs are for celebrating Hanukah, the festival of lights that commemorates the ancient miracle wherein the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and they only found enough oil to burn for one day, but it lasted for 8 days!

I grew up in New York City and we had this beautiful family menorah that we lit every night for eight nights during the festival of Hanukah each year.  So, this is what I have always assumed a menorah should look like.

Classic Traditional Hanukah Menorah

But the family menorah can only be in one place at one time and so right it lives at my mother’s house in upstate New York, a few thousand miles away from me in Boulder, Colorado.   So my idea was to combine an image of my family menorah with the custom printed book jackets that I have been making and create the first ever Book Menorah!

I built a few prototypes first just to play with the concept of using books for the structure and candle holders and these turned out to be quite interesting and creative in their own right.  The first one I made built on the concept of vintage book bundles – these are old books with their covers removed, giving a nice neutral vintage paper look.

menorah made from vintage books by Thatcher Wine

Vintage Book Bundle Menorah

From there I went on to play with the concept of re-purposing an antique leather book into a menorah.  I used a damaged book and drilled the candle holes into the book through the cover this time instead of top down into the text block.

antique leather book repurposed into book menorah by Thatcher WineAntique Leather Book Menorah

I thought these two menorahs were great – a cool creative re-purposing of old books and a neat menorahs for a bookseller to have!  They are as you can imagine, highly flammable though, so I had the fire extinguisher nearby when I shot these photos.

My next step before making the final version using the custom printed book jackets and the family menorah was to call one of my clients – the prop master for a Broadway theatre company – and ask him about applying fire retardant to books.  He recommended a product and I purchased it – it’s the same stuff that is required by some states to be applied to all props in public theaters, so it’s good stuff.  That being said, I am a professional and do not try this at home!

Creative Menorah made from Books with Custom Printed Book Jackets

The Book Menorah

This is the finished product.  My sister Winifred Abramson took the photo of the menorah in New York and e-mailed it to me.  I picked out some random books from our inventory – the titles will never be seen and I didn’t want to use any good books as they now have big holes in them.  The photo required some manipulation in photoshop to get the image to fit the books exactly – sometimes I start with the books and sometimes I start with the jackets when custom printing book jackets for clients.

Hankuah Menorah Made from Books by Thatcher Wine

Hanukah Book Menorah

Personally I think I ended up with an incredibly beautiful menorah that has a lot of family history with my own added artistic interpretation!  The Hanukah menorah has always been an object that has inspired a lot of creativity from artists, sculptors and others.  If you look for menorahs you will see a lot of fun ideas and designs.  I’m happy to be able to add my own contribution to the mix.

The Book Menorah is not presently for sale, but if you are interested in more information or buying one either as an art piece or a product in the future, please feel free to contact me.  Of course you can feel free to contact me with just about any request for books – in their traditional format, or more creative concepts.

Happy Hanukah everyone!

Hanukah Menorah Made from old books

Hanukah Menorah Made from old books