Category: Recent Projects

Updates on recently completed projects with links to visuals on the JuniperBooks.com website as well as our interior design partners, clients and suppliers.

Just in Time for the Holidays

Happy Holidays to everyone.  Hanukkah starts this weekend and the countdown to Christmas is well under way.  I love the holidays and I think books go very well with the holiday spirit.  This time of year I help a lot of clients with book gifts – personally I think books are the best gift you can get anyone, any age, hands down – I’ll debate anyone in the world on this (and I’ll write a separate post about why I believe it to be true.)

This time of year I like to get creative with books in a variety of ways.  First – I like to come up with interesting ways to wrap books.  Secondly I like to make things out of books like a Menorah or a Christmas Tree in the holiday spirit.  And third, I like to roll out a whole bunch of new book sets that you can give as gifts.  So here are our new introductions:

1. The third in our series of Harry Potter book sets is our Slytherin Edition.  The idea behind our Harry Potter book sets is to give fans of the series a personalized way to own the books that is different from the edition that “everyone else has”  So if you Harry Potter is your favorite, Gryffindor may be for youGryffindor values courage, bravery, nerve and chivalry.  Ravenclaw values intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit.  Slytherin house values ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness – if you identify with Voldemort, this edition is for you.

Harry Potter Slytherin Set in Official Trunk

Harry Potter Slytherin Set in Official Trunk

2. Penguin Classics Variations.  OK, we could write a book about all the different ways we sell the Penguin Classics so we’ll just have to make a list to simplify it for now.  To date, our most popular options have been our Custom Set of 10 Penguins (you pick the titles from a list of 32 available options – this option is featured in the current issue of Real Simple Magazine), plus our Penguin 10, Penguin 20 and Penguin 30.  Just in time for the holidays this year we also have made the following products available for sale:

20 Penguin Classic Hardcover Books

20 Penguin Classic Hardcover Books

3. Italian Cookbooks: 5 Classic cookbooks that we wrapped in custom book jackets in the colors of the Italian Flag.  A great gift for cooks. Includes classics such as The Silver Spoon published by Phaidon.

Brand New Custom Designed Italian Cookbook Set

Brand New Custom Designed Italian Cookbook Set

4. French Cookbooks: 5 Classic French cookbooks in the colors of the French Flag. Features Julia Child, Escoffier and more!

Custom French Cookbook Set

Custom French Cookbook Set

5. Blue Literary Classics: Our Red Literary Classics set has been a hit, so we have introduced a second set with a different group of literary classics.  The books are published by Everyman’s Library.  Soon to be sold by Anthropologie!

Brand New Literary Classics Set from Juniper Books

Brand New Literary Classics Set from Juniper Books

6. Mark Twain Set – inspired by the cover of the original edition of Huckleberry Finn.  Published by Library of America.

Mark Twain Custom Book Set

Mark Twain Custom Book Set

7. John Steinbeck Set.  Also published by Library of America.  In jackets inspired by the artwork for the first edition of The Grapes of Wrath.

 

Juniper Books John Steinbeck Set

Juniper Books John Steinbeck Set

8. William Faulkner.  Another fine set of books published by Library of America in jackets we designed using the first edition of Light of August as our inspiration.

William Faulkner - Juniper Books Set

William Faulkner – Juniper Books Set

I hope you enjoy the book sets we offer as much as we enjoy creating them!

Happy holidays!

Thatcher

 

 

 

 

New Products – September 2012

As promised, we are starting to roll out a number of new book sets for sale this fall – both curated sets from our favorite publishers and also books in our custom book jackets.  At Juniper Books we do a lot of things that no other bookseller in the world does and our latest products really show that off.  Please click on any of the photos below to be taken directly to the page to purchase these books.

One of my favorites is our John Steinbeck Set – the complete works of Steinbeck in iconic book jackets.

The Works of John Steinbeck

The Works of John Steinbeck

This one is a new take on one of the sets we first introduced around Valentine’s Day – we gave it new colors and new texture – the books are the same – classic romances – and the message remains the same.  Every book lover should have an I Heart Books set on their shelves!

I Love (Heart) Books

I Love (Heart) Books

Now for a super cool new concept in personalizing book collections – we have a set of 10 books where you pick the books, you pick the colors, and you tell us what to print on the inside flaps to further personalize the set.  This makes for a ridiculously cool gift for just about anyone!

Make Your Own Book Set - Rainbow

Make Your Own Book Set – Rainbow

Then we have a number of new products from Taschen – we have been selling their books for years, placing their cool hip oversize tomes in client libraries around the world.  These are just a few of our ready made sets for sale – look for more great collections over time, or feel free to suggest a collection that you would like to see for sale.

Taschen Oversize City Portraits Book Set

Taschen Portrait of a City Book Set

Illustrated Art Book Series

Illustrated Art Book Series

Living in Books Set published by Taschen

Living in Books Set published by Taschen

 Those are just a few of the new book sets that are both decorative books as well as very desirable content to own.  As always, we are available to create complete libraries and custom book collections.  If it involves books we can do it.

Happy Fall,

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

New Photos, New Projects, New Products

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

New Book Sets – August 2012

It has been a very busy summer at Juniper Books on all fronts.  In June I had the opportunity to visit some projects I have worked on including the Hotel Lorien and Halstead Square in Virginia and The Hotel NoMad in New York City.  I will be posting new photos of these projects very soon.

An article in the Wall Street Journal – “A House to Look Smart In” – featured our work very prominently and has led to a number of orders and new client relationships.   Other press included a great feature on Wired Design and a really fun piece in the Colorado issue of Luxe magazine.

Back in the studio in Boulder Colorado, the team has been super busy creating new book sets for sale.  I’m really excited about many of these new products as they really show off what we do – combining great books with great design.  You can feel good about owning these book sets as they are timeless classics and Juniper Books can make them in the colors and styles that work for your decor.  Please follow the photos below to view the new products.

Partial Keyboard Custom Book Jacket Set

Juniper Books Piano Keyboard Book Set

100 Literary Classics in Teal with Black Titles

100 Literary Classics in Modern Jackets – Many Colors Available

100 Literary Classics in Vellum Style Custom Jackets

100 Literary Classics in Vellum or Leather Style Custom Jackets – Various Colors Available

Harry Potter Ravenclaw Edition

Custom Blue Ravenclaw Style Jackets for Harry Potter Books

As always, if you would like assistance with your custom library project or are looking for the perfect set of books to give as a gift (or anything in between), please feel free to contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.

Thatcher

 

 

Halstead Square

Halstead Square Lobby Table Red White and Blue Books

“Just off the Metro, there’s a place that has it all. A fun-filled haven—complete with shops, restaurants, and three distinct, luxury apartment buildings. We call it Halstead Square. You’ll call it amazing.” –Halstead Square Website

We had the opportunity to work with the designer of this luxury residential complex in Vienna, Virgnia .   Specifically we provided RED, WHITE and BLUE books for the lobby of The Rockwell building.  The designer from the DSF Group created a magical space that is vintage Americana – very appropriate decor for this building not too far from Washington, DC.

This project is an example of our Vintage Books by Color – clients can specify their desired colors and we provide books by the foot or by the book.  The books can be on any subject however,  for a public space project like this we will do a screen for objectionable titles and subjects that could potentially offend users of the library.

Most colors are available and a more vintage or modern look can be specified.  We also work with clients to define acceptable parameters for book sizes and accent colors.

To order books by color for your project, please contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.

 

Facebooks Go Public

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

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.

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Academy Awards

For the backstage Green Room at the 84th Academy Awards®, we created a library unlike anything anyone has ever seen before.  AD100 designer Waldo Fernandez brought us into the project, which is an annual Architectural Digest event.  Immediately we conceived of the idea to create a homage to film history using our custom printed book jackets.

What we created was made possible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which gave us access to their extensive archives.  We curated a book collection that included many titles on film and entertainment subjects, then wrapped groups of four to eight books in custom book jackets so that they make up individual film scenes.  The printed jackets were designed with film sprockets on top and bottom so that the entire library looks like a film reel.

Spanning the bookshelves are scenes from Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, Sunset Boulevard, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and several dozen other films, arranged chronologically.  Actors including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando are all featured prominently on the bookshelves.  Thatcher installed the project at the Kodak Theatre personally several days before the Oscars® broadcast.

 

See also:

Academy Awards Green Room Book Sets

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Press Release

Press Coverage of the Green Room

Oscars Green Room Unveiled

Short Video We Made Starring The Academy Awards Book Sets from Juniper Books

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeZNgsZoBiA

 

Stately Homes By-the-Sea

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.

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Pasadena Showcase

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.

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Kips Bay

Close Up of the Bookshelves Cullman & Kravis Kips Bay Dining Room

We were very honored in 2010 to provide a curated collection of books to Cullman & Kravis for use in the dining room library of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club 38th Annual Decorator Show House.  The collection included cookbooks, books on gastronomy and the history of food.

The design of the room by Elissa Cullman and Tracey Winn Pruzan won rave reviews and the overall event was a wonderful success for a great cause.

The concept of the show house is to have “celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology.”  The event is an annual tradition and  receives as many as 20,000 guests annually, and has raised over $17,000,000 for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

For more photos, see the portfolio of AD100 Designers Cullman & Kravis.

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 Kips Bay Show House.

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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The Hotel NoMad

NoMad Spiral Staircase in Library

One of our most recent hotel projects involved curating the library of The NoMad Hotel in New York City.  The Hotel opened in the Spring of 2012.

Thatcher worked closely with the owners / developers of the hotel – The Sydell Group  and also the Eleven Madison Park team of Will Guidara and Daniel Humm who operate the restaurant – the Library room is one part of the restaurant.

The project involved custom curating a collection of 3,500 books by subject.  The subjects specified included books about France, New York City, Food & Wine, and a number of other subjects.  The library has gotten rave reviews and part of that we think is due to the very comfortable feel that the books provide – everyone realizes “someone paid attention to each and every one of these titles and they are here for a reason!”

What we created is really more like a home library in a commercial setting – we think this is very much for the future for hotels and commercial properties.  Books can make guests feel at home and the Hotel NoMad definitely achieves this.

In July 2012, President Obama visited The NoMad Hotel for a $40,000 a plate fundraiser.

Obama at the NoMad

Obama Arrives at the NoMad

Description below courtesy thenomadhotel.com:

The NoMad Hotel is a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that has been masterfully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by world renowned French designer Jacques Garcia. It provides a fresh modern take on the classic grand hotels of Europe with a distinct New York sensibility. The design of the 168 guest rooms and suites was inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia’s youth. The rooms are residential in feel, and decorated in his classic, timeless style. Each room is appointed with hand-selected, richly textured custom designed furnishings and artwork. The soaring public spaces throughout the hotel provide a gathering place to enjoy dining, drinking and socializing.

The NoMad Hotel will have a food and beverage program that is casually elegant while maintaining the highest standards of culinary excellence under the supervision of Chef-Partner Daniel Humm and Managing-Partner Will Guidara. Inspired by the Chef’s time spent throughout Switzerland, California, and New York City, the restaurant is rooted in the same traditions found at their critically-acclaimed, Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park. The restaurant has soaring interiors with a refined yet approachable menu featuring a specially curated wine program celebrating the great winegrowing regions of the world and innovative classically focused cocktails.

LIbrary of The NoMad Hotel

LIbrary of The NoMad Hotel

This project was featured in the New York Times Story Gracious Dining, Alive and Well at NoMad by Florence Fabricant.

To learn more about our services creating handpicked book collections for homes and businesses, please click here. 

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Lorien Hotel

Lorien Hotel Lobby

The Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, Virginia, is a beautiful luxury boutique hotel operated by Kimpton Hotels.  For the property, interior designer Vicente Wolf created a space that is “reflective of the past and grounded in modern sensibilities.”

In preparation for the hotel’s opening, Juniper Books worked closely with the developer DSF Group to design a modern library for the lobby.  Fort he project, we custom wrapped approximately 1,000 books in white book jackets.  The look of pure white books compliments the modern style of the hotel.  Making these books look great is not as easy as it may look – we use real books and spend a considerable amount of time testing paper types and determining the appropriate look with the client!

The hotel is located in historic Old Town Alexandria, has a beautiful spa, and destination restaurants including BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier.

Juniper Books’ custom wrapped books are available in an unlimited variety of ready made colors, including many different whites, off-whites, cream, ivory and related tones with various degrees of matte and glossy paper.  We can also custom print book jackets exactly to match fabric and/or paint colors, patterns, etc.   We work on projects of all sizes for both residential and commercial installations.

If you are interested in white wrapped books or any other style of books for your project, feel free to contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.  You may also use the contact form below.

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Oscars Green Room Press Release

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Library

Nominees and presenters in the Academy Awards® Green Room this year will be treated to a visual timeline of film history in a way no one has ever seen before.  Custom library designer Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books created a unique library for the shelves in the Waldo Fernandez designed Architectural Digest Green Room. The bookshelves feature images from the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences skillfully printed on book jackets so that groups of four to eight books make up individual film scenes.

Wine and his team at Juniper Books in Boulder, Colorado spent several weeks designing and printing the custom book jackets after being called upon by Green Room designer Waldo Fernandez.  With access to the archives of the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Thatcher immediately knew what he wanted to do.  “My idea was to put classic film scenes on book spines in a way that honored the history of the movies and eight decades of the Academy Awards® – it really seemed to fit the nostalgic spirit of this year’s Oscars.”

Spanning the bookshelves are scenes from Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Sunset Boulevard and several dozen other films, arranged chronologically.  Actors including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando inhabit the Green Room in a way they have never done before. Wine flew out to Los Angeles several days before the Academy Awards® to personally install the library backstage at the Kodak Theatre.

“When the audience for a project includes many of the most talented and creative professionals in the world, the pressure is on. I wanted to do something that was original and inspirational.  The guests in the Green Room may only have a few minutes to appreciate the space and I wanted the library to put them at ease and perhaps give them something to talk about.”

Created by renowned AD100 interior designer Waldo Fernandez, this year’s Architectural Digest Greenroom is inspired by Hollywood of the 1930s and 40s.  Fernandez’s vision for the Greenroom references the Billy Haines-decorated Beverly Hills home of director George Cukor, who was legendary for his glamorous parties. Fernandez’s invitingly harmonious interiors stand out for their subtle, easygoing style. His impressive portfolio, spanning more than three decades, not only includes homes for an incredible roster of clients—Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, and Darren Star among them—but also a number of commercial projects, such as his own Trumps restaurant, the Beverly Hills Hilton, and most recently, the West Hollywood Soho House club.

About Juniper Books:

Since 2001, Juniper Books has carved out a niche at the intersection of books and design by delivering a level of service, attention to detail and creativity that no bookseller has ever provided.  To Thatcher Wine, the possibilities of a custom library are endless – he personally designs and curates libraries of leather and vellum books; books by author, color, subject and/or size; or creations using various papers, fabrics, or custom printed book jackets.  Custom book jackets can rapidly and economically change the look of any book.  This innovative concept has attracted many fans among interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers and private clients around the world.

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Library

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Library

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Press Coverage of the Green Room

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
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Daily Reporter
San Jose Mercury News
The Nevada Appeal
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Times Union
Xfinity.com
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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeZNgsZoBiA

Academy Awards Green Room Sets

1977 Annie Hall Woody Allen and Diane Keaton

Here are the book sets we created for the Green Room of the 2012 Academy Awards, each individually photographed.  A few weeks ago when Waldo’s Designs asked us if we wanted to get involved with creating a library for the Architectural Digest Greenroom, I jumped at the chance and immediately pitched him the idea of creating a film strip with classic film scenes across the bookshelf.   I knew we could make this concept a reality and it would be something that nobody had ever seen before – a challenging given the creative talent who will be in the room on Oscar night!

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave us access to their archives and I spent many hours selecting images to use for the project.   As a fan of classic films, and at one time an aspiring screenwriter, I enjoyed every minute of combing through the archives, choosing pictures, then printing them on book jackets and with my team in Boulder, Colorado making them line up perfectly so when you push multiple books together they form many classic movie scenes from the past 85 years!

Enjoy, and feel free to let me know which ones are your favorites!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Academy Awards Green Room Video

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 . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeZNgsZoBiA

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

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

 

Library for the Academy Awards Green Room – Coming Soon!

Arriving at the Kodak Theatre for my Academy Awards Project

Big big news coming tomorrow.  For the past month we have been working hard (and quietly) on the library for the Architectural Digest Greenroom of the Academy Awards ®.  Tomorrow is the big day that the project will start to go public, and judging from the buzz so far it’s going to get a lot of attention!

Our involvement goes back a few weeks to a conversation we had with Waldo’s Designs, the AD100 firm based in Los Angeles, headed by Waldo Fernandez.  Every year Architectural Digest asks a preeminent designer to create the Greenroom and it is a much watched, trendsetting event.  Waldo was familiar with our custom jackets and gave me the opportunity to create something spectacular with the books.   I proposed a concept that no one had ever seen before – my design honors the rich visual history of film and the Academy Awards® and compliments the relaxing environment of the Green Room.

For about a month we created the library in our studio in Boulder, Colorado then shipped the books to California.  Earlier this week, I flew out to LA earlier and personally installed the books in the Green Room.

I’ll share some more information starting tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone at  Waldo’s Designs, Architectural Digest, the Kodak Theatre and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences!  We are honored to be part of this event.

Thatcher

 

Arriving at the Kodak Theatre for my Academy Awards Project

Arriving at the Kodak Theatre for my Academy Awards Project

A Video Valentine to the Printed Book

I Heart Books Set

One day last week, our shipping table was full of books and book sets that we were getting ready to ship for delivery by Valentine’s Day (this year we created a lot of gift book sets in pinks, reds and purples).  I looked at all the books and their custom jackets – they looked so bright and colorful all together, like a room full of fresh flowers!  I had an idea to make a video of all the books and thus this Video Valentine to the Printed Book was born.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpTT2BxIVN4

Visit our store to purchase many of the “stars” of the video.

Bronte Sisters Custom Book Set

Bronte Sisters Custom Book Set

See also our Valentine’s Day DIY project which is featured in the book.

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

We are always open to commissions and personalized versions of our books and book jackets – please contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494 for more information.

 

New Book Sets for Sale

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.

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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

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

 

Christmas Tree of Books 2011

Christmas Tree of Shaped Books

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thatcher

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New Decorative Book Six Packs Available

After years of working primarily with interior designer on custom projects, we are starting to take some of our most popular designs and make them available directly to the public, including some for purchase on our website.  Customers, including homeowners, are always welcome to inquire directly about anything they see on our website and we can let you know if specific books or sets are available or often if an equivalent product is for sale.

Today, I’m pleased to announce a new product line of “six packs” – these are groups of 6 uniform size books (made using re-purposed law books which are large!) with our custom designed and printed book jackets wrapped around them.  They come in several styles, all reasonably priced at $90.

All of the books have similar dimensions –

14″ wide

10.25″ tall

7″ deep

Please click on the photos below to be taken directly to the item in our store:

Antique Elephant Engravings Book Jacket Set from Juniper Books

Elephant Six Pack

Six Pack of Books with Custom Vellum Style Covers

Vellum Six Pack

Red Leather Style Printed Paper Jackets

Red Leather Six Pack

Brown Leather Style Book Jackets

Brown Leathe Six Pack

Black and White Leather Book Design Group Set

Black and White Leather Six Pack

 

Jack London Graphical Book Jackets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Library Ladder

After assembling a collection for a client in Texas, a high end luxury residences building, the client asked if we knew where they could purchase an attractive yet functional and safe library ladder.  We searched for them, but there seemed to be nothing available for sale between small step-stools and industrial (ugly) library ladders.

So, as with many things at Juniper Books that we do – if it doesn’t exist in the book world, we will create it.   This is Thatcher’s philosophy.

We partnered with a woodworker who drafted  a custom design for a library ladder that would be tall enough to reach the high shelves yet sturdy enough to be comfortable with the residents of the building – young and old – using the ladder.  It is entirely constructed of walnut wood, which gives it a beautiful appearance.  It rolls on weight sensitive casters so that it stays put when someone is standing on it.

We are accepting orders for library ladders and other custom book related woodwork projects such as bookshelves, bookcases, built-in bookcase, step-stools and library ladders. All designs, woods, and finishes may be completely customized.

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Magnetic Bookshelves

The idea for these magnetic bookshelves came from wanting to do something about the messy pile of books next to my daughter’s bed that we generated reading her children’s books every night.  I thought “what if we could read her favorite books then stick them to the wall instead of dropping them on the floor?”

I set about designing a shelving system that would look good and hold the books safely above and next to her head.  With the help of a metalworker and a woodworker, and some experimentation with magnetics, glue and rubber bands, the idea I conceived of came into being and my daughter loves going along the line of books, reading them all, and sticking them back in place before bedtime – it’s neat and tidy, as well as fun to play with.

Custom versions of this product can be commissioned.  Please contact me at thatcher@juniperbooks.com or 303-946-1494 if you are interested in the magnetic bookshelves.

 

 

The Book Mobile

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

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

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

 

American Flag Made of Books

Back in the Fall of 2010, Thatcher constructed an American Flag made from red, white and blue books.  This work, on shelves in the Juniper Books warehouse in Boulder, Colorado, was photographed and published in the New York Times article Selling a Book By Its Cover.

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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Books and Bikes – Thatcher Takes a Ride

As Hurricane / Tropical Storm Irene pounds the East Coast (I grew up in New York City), I’m here in Boulder, Colorado enjoying another day of sunshine and reflecting on the past 10 years of living in such a beautiful place.  I primarily moved here for the lifestyle – the skiing, biking, hiking, etc. – and because the business I was starting in 2001 – selling books online – could be run from anywhere.

This past week was a phenomenal week across the state.  The USA Pro Cycling Challenge brought some of the world’s best bike racers to Colorado including the complete Tour de France Podium (Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck and Frank Schleck) as well as the top American cyclists in the business – Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, Tejay Van Garderen, Tom Danielson and George Hincapie. The stages took the peloton to classic Colorado towns including Aspen, Crested Butte, Vail, Steamboat and Breckenridge . . . hopefully next year it will come to BOULDER!

I took off the day Thursday to watch the Vail Time Trial in person.  I drove to the top of Vail Pass with a friend, packed about 40 lbs of camera gear in my backpack, then rode down the course to the start line and back up again throughout the day – all the while stopping to soak up the experience of the race and shoot some photos wherever possible.

You can see some of the photos from my gallery on flickr through this link.  However, I am in the process of combining my passion for cycling with my work of doing creative things with books, by using the book spines as a canvas for the cycling action.  Here are a few prototypes (many thanks to Zac for helping crank these out quickly).

This is an ongoing project for me and I’m open to commissions / orders from bike stores, cycling enthusiasts, and others.  Of course cycling is just the tip of the iceberg – I’d be happy to work on projects with surf images, skiing photos, etc.  The finished product I think is very beautiful and unique and it conveys a sense of action through the parts that make up the whole in a way that has not been scene before.

The other related big news of the week is my feature in 5280 magazine – which  shows one set of books I created using a photo of a vintage sports car and arranging it stylistically with my son’s toy car!  The juxtaposition of books and cars in the best Colorado magazine out there, with books and bikes in my work is somewhat amusing.

Sports Car books with Toy Car

Sports Car books with Toy Car

5280 Magazine

5280 Magazine

Perhaps related to that is how my shot of Tejay Van Garderen came out when I got back to the office – a car carrier was passing behind the race on I-70 just when Tejay was coming up the course – perhaps symbolic of the weight he was carrying on his back as race leader.  On bad weather days, I certainly don’t envy the truck drivers making the run over Vail Pass with their heavy loads, and at the Vail Time Trial, Tejay was carrying a heavy load of expectations as the next great American cyclist.

Tejay Van Garderen at the Vail Time Trial

Tejay Van Garderen

Gotta go, I’m off for a quick ride up to Jamestown then back in time to catch the end of the bike race and see if Levi prevails, or if Christian, Tejay or Tom can steal the race away as it barrels into Denver.   Thanks Colorado for the great race this week and for 10 great years here!

Feel free to give me a call or e-mail about your project.

Special thanks to Zac for helping crank out the prototypes so quickly and to Dave Wright (www.davewrightphotography) for the action photography advice – normally I shoot books and they don’t move so his tips came in handy.

Thatcher

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thatcher@juniperbooks.com

41 North Hotel

Juniper Books worked with DAS Architects on the beautiful waterfront 41 North Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island supplying the hotel with a variety of books for each suite and for the lobby.

The vision from the architects and property owners was a thoroughly modern and luxurious destination and that was also to be reflected in the books.  For each of the 24 rooms, Juniper Books assembled small collections of books that were color coordinated (blue and black for most rooms, grey for a few, and orange/red for some others) as well as handpicked by subject (nautical/sailing related, history, literary classics, etc.).

For the lobby/bar area, we built a collection of art and oversize books on a variety of topics of interest to the world traveling clientele including books on art, architecture, photography, global cultures, and more.

The hotel’s website describes the property well: “Marrying a cool and casual luxury with the excitement of our urban waterfront setting, we offer the best of Newport to all our guests – including a sense of eco-consciousness beginning with our brand new LEED-registered hotel accommodations . . . Sweeping views of Newport Harbor and Thames Street complement cool interior color palettes. Floor-to-ceiling windows and over-sized balconies in our Suites welcome the outside indoors – natural sunlight, fresh seaside breezes, and sunsets that our guests are not likely to ever forget.”

We love working on boutique hotel project like this where we can work directly with the owners, architects and designers and completely customize a selection of books that works perfectly with the look of the property and its location.

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Custom Leather Bindings

Over the past few months we have created a number of custom leather bindings for clients.  The art of bookbinding is a true art that requires patience and expertise in working with a variety of materials.

The resulting creations range from special editions of favorite books for a personal library to leather bindings to give as gifts.  Many colors of leather are available and there are numerous options for how the books can be designed and personalized ranging from putting names or company logos on the bindings, choosing how the titles and spines appear, selecting endpapers, and much more.

Below are a few samples of recent custom leather bookbinding work.

Airan Kang Art Mixed with Custom Book Jackets

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to all the artists, galleries and publishers out there doing creative work keeping the book alive and well in all its forms in 2011!
Thatcher
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Fun with Book Jackets and a Camera

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

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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A Visit to New Mexico

Even though New Mexico is only a few hours away from me in Colorado, I had never had the opportunity to personally visit the home of one of my clients I have known and worked with for years.  That changed recently and my perspective on how beautiful and personal a library can be in this day and age changed with it (I see and help with a lot of libraries so that says a lot!).

New Mexico Library featuring modern leather american literature

New Mexico Library

We first met our client in 2006 when we sold him a rare New Mexico book and over the years we have continued to help him develop his collection of American literature and all things related to the history and literature of New Mexico, one volume at a time.

Will James Book Collection in New Mexico

Will James Collection

We had the opportunity recently to visit our client’s library in New Mexico and were in awe of all the details beyond the books including the beautiful custom bookcases and fine mid-century furnishings.  The book collection itself is probably one of the finest of its kind ever assembled – there are extensive holdings of authors connected to New Mexico – Willa Cather, DH Lawrence, Will James, J. Frank Dobie, and many others.  With New Mexico’s long history of native communities and pueblos, 500 years since the early days of the Spanish, and fascinating stories of cowboys and outlaws, there is a tremendous amount of material to be collected.

New Mexico Bookshelves Reflected in Light Fixture

Bookshelves Reflected in Light Fixture

We have assisted in building this collection over the years and hope to continue to do so, in many cases helping our client to upgrade existing holdings to better condition copies, first editions, signed association copies, etc. We have also assisted this client in selling his duplicate copies as he has upgraded his books.

Handcrafted and Handpicked Library in New Mexico

Handcrafted and Handpicked Library

Our client is very avid book buyer and collector, this is a good example of how we work with clients to support their vision over time, not all of our projects are complete collections purchased at a single time and certainly this project exemplifies our ability to help a client with collectible material.

Curated Easton Press Library

While there are a lot of books we love and a lot of publishers doing beautiful work these days (yes – publishers producing beautiful books do still exist) – there are few publishers like Easton Press who consistently bring leather bound classics to the market in relatively affordable editions.

Half of a Large Easton Press Collection Mostly History and Military History

Half of a Large Easton Press Collection

Our client had a strong interest in literary classics and history and loved the look and beauty of leather books, so building a collection of Easton Press books for him was a natural fit.  This is yet another project we have worked on over time, supplying selected to books that are individually approved one title at a time.  While highly decorative, this is really a history and literature lover’s library.

Easton Press Books Mostly Military History

Mostly Military History

The library includes a complete collection (and then some) of the 100 Greatest Books of All Time (a series that is actually 125 books that have been rotated over the years).   It also includes a healthy number special Easton Press editions from the Leather Bound Library of Military History as well as titles from the Books That Changed the World Series, Science oriented books and more.  The collection also contains some selected publications from the Folio Society as well as some very special individually sourced antique leather sets with a special connection to the location of the home and the interests of the homeowner.

Science Books from Folio Society and Easton Press

Science Books

Our services for a client such as this include maintaining a catalog of their holdings so that they known which books they have in their collection and we do not duplicate any previous purchases.  We also have worked with our client to arrange their books and make suggestions on future collection development.

100 Greatest Books Series from Easton Press

100 Greatest Books Series

Literary Classics All Around the House

Antique Leather Books and Classics including Jane Austen

Antique Leather Books and Classics

I have clients of all types – some who want books for purely for decoration, others who hope to impress their guests with their intellectual book collection, others who hope their kids will be inspired to read the classics . . . just to name a few.   My customers enlist my help to add beautiful books to their home or business, not to give them a book report!

Western Americana Library Larry McMurtry and More

Western Americana Library

However, on this particular project I fully expect that the client will eventually read all of the books we sourced and installed in their home.  They were very involved in reviewing lists of books and authors that we assembled for them and we had a number of requests for particular titles to track down.

Some First Edition Library Books Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder

Some First Edition Library Books

This is a project we have worked on for a client over a period of years and it is very much a curated collection.  We were contacted by the homeowners, who are avid readers, about helping them build book collections for three different rooms of their second home.  They spend a lot of time reading in this home and wanted to individually review all of the books we selected for them.

Their preferences were mainly for literary classics and in some places they wanted nice decorative editions such as leather bound sets and some favorite works from the First Edition Library.  The theme in one of the rooms was westerns and that collection features western literature including a large group of Larry McMurtry books, as well as books on the history and ecology of Western America.

Curated Library of Hardcover Literary Classics

Curated Library

Antique Leather Style Book Covers

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

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

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.

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

http://www.statelyhomesbythesea.com

http://www.darrenhenault.com/

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Custom Library Ladder Designed and Built

Several months ago, we assembled a custom book collection for a client in Texas, a high end luxury residences building.  After the books were installed, the client asked if we knew where they could purchase an attractive yet functional and safe library ladder.  We searched for them, but there seemed to be nothing available for sale between small step-stools and industrial library ladders.

So, as with many things at Juniper Books that we do – if it doesn’t exist in the book world, we will create it.   This is Thatcher’s philosophy.

Custom Built Library Ladder in Juniper Books Warehouse

Custom Built Library Ladder in Juniper Books Warehouse

We partnered with a woodworker who drafted  a custom design for a library ladder that would be tall enough to reach the high shelves yet sturdy enough to be comfortable with the residents of the building – young and old – using the ladder.  It is entirely constructed of walnut wood, which gives it a beautiful appearance.  It rolls on weight sensitive casters so that it stays put when someone is standing on it.

Thatcher Wine on Custom Library Ladder

Thatcher Wine on Custom Library Ladder

We are accepting orders for library ladders and other custom woodwork that is book related: bookshelves, bookcases, built-in bookcase, step-stools and library ladders.  Please contact Thatcher to discuss your project.  All designs, woods, and finishes may be completely customized.

 

Juniper Books at the Pasadena Showcase House

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!

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

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

Valentine’s Day Inspired Custom Book Covers

For the Valentine’s Day holiday, we created a few new custom book cover / jacket designs including these below.

Valentines Day Custom Book Covers

Valentines Day Custom Book Covers

The books in the photo above were made for Bayleaf on Pearl, a retail store in Boulder, Colorado.  They are for sale and they also look great to help establish the mood for Valentine’s Day shopping.

Pretty Lady on Horizontal Book Stack

Pretty Lady on Horizontal Book Stack

As with all of our custom book covers, they can be purchased to use on generic books, so that they are just decorative objects / decorative book stacks, or we can assemble a mini-collection of books that coordinates with the covers.

Simulated Leather Book Covers in Pretty Colors

Simulated Leather Book Covers in Pretty Colors

The idea for these books above is to create a new line of books that look like antique leather or vellum books, but in vibrant colors, such as pink, lavender, purple, red, turquoise, teal, etc.  If you have always wanted the look of a library of leather books, but want something more interesting than browns, contact us and we’ll custom design something in the color of your choice.  We have a lot of experience matching books to Pantone colors, paint chips, fabric swatches, etc.

Brightly Colored Ladies Book Collection

Brightly Colored Ladies Book Collection

The collection above integrates poetry, novels, and biographies with custom designed book covers in bright colors.  The titles are printed on the jackets.  Note that these colors, as with all of our designs and work, can be modified to your preferences.

As you can see from these photos, anything is possible with books if you contact Thatcher.

Happy Valentines Day!

Thatcher Wine

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Juniper Books

Boulder CO

bar III pop-up shop photos

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

Bar III Models on Book Jackets

Bar III Models on Book Jackets

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

Macy*s bar III Pop-Up Shop Page

Life Size Model on Book Stack

The Elizabeth Stack of Books

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

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

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

DJ Solange in the White Book DJ Booth

DJ Solange in the White Book DJ Booth

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

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

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

Barry Wine at bar III

Barry Wine (my father) at bar III

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

Thatcher Wine

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

Bar III Josh and Rumi

Bar III Josh and Rumi

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

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

Macys Bar III White Books from Juniper Books

Bar III White Books

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

Bar III Model on Juniper Books Jackets

Bar III Model on Juniper Books Jackets

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

Bar III Pop-Up Shop Wall

Bar III Pop-Up Shop Wall

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

Thatcher Wine

Latest Custom Jacket Creations from Juniper Books

It has been an exceptionally busy few weeks since the New York Times article came out and a lot more people are now aware of some of the creative things I am doing with books!  One project that resulted from that publicity is still under wraps for a couple days, so check back on Thursday for some photos and news about one of the most fun and interesting projects I have worked on.  We have been very busy making new custom book jacket designs for various clients and projects, some of them are shown below.  We can do just about anything to design and print custom book covers in the exact colors and designs that work for your project, so please feel free to contact us.

Simulated Vellum Book Covers from Juniper Books

Simulated Vellum Book Covers

Sioux Ledger Drawings Across Book Spines

Sioux Ledger Drawings Across Book Spines

Valentines Day Custom Book Covers

Valentines Day Custom Book Covers

Clean and Uniform Custom Book Jackets

Clean and Uniform Custom Book Jackets

Pretty Lady on Horizontal Book Stack

Pretty Lady on Horizontal Book Stack

Simulated Leather Book Covers in Pretty Colors

Simulated Leather Book Covers in Pretty Colors

Thatcher Wine

Juniper Books

Boulder, CO

Thatcher Makes Art from Books

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

Book Staircase

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

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

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

Books Make up a Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree of Books

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

Hanging Books and Lights

Suspended Books and Lights

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

Book Towers

Book Towers

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

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

Thatcher

Custom Book Collections Built One Book at a Time

When I turned my book collecting hobby into a bookselling business years ago, I started with rare and unusual books, bought one at a time, and sold one at a time.  My niche of building complete book collections and decorative libraries came a few years later after I already had a lot of experience and expertise buying books, identifying first editions, and selling to collectors and institutions. These days, I still help a lot of clients build book collections one book at a time and the fundamental knowledge I have about authors, books, subjects, sources for books, etc. comes in very handy helping with these projects.

I recently added a few new pages to the website and some photos of recent projects.  Good photos of past projects aren’t all available, but I will be adding more photos in the future as I build additional book collections.

Literary classics, in the broad definition, is probably the most requested type of book collection for a home library.  Authors like Mark Twain and Jane Austen are timeless and nice to own in a hardcover or leather bound edition.  Given my familiarity with authors, I can assemble collections of literary classics that appeal to any customer and if favorite authors are requested, I can easily extrapolate to other authors that might be of interest.

Handpicked Literary Classics

Handpicked Literary Classics

Literary classics in modern leather bindings, such as those published by Easton Press, are also very popular and decorative.

Modern Leather Literary Classics

Modern Leather Literary Classics

We handle a lot of antique leather books.  One of the differences in our overall approach to leather books is that we pay attention to both how the books look AND their content / titles. We also specialize in primarily all English language antique leather books.  For clients interested in a purely decorative antique leather library, we can deliver that at a very economical price.  For clients interested in building libraries of complete sets of particular authors we can assemble those as well.

Complete Works of George Eliot Leather

Leather Bound George Eliot

On the higher and more specialized end of book collecting are collections of First Editions we obtain for clients.  These range from a single book we might help a customer obtain for a gift, to finding collectible copies of rare and/or signed first editions for clients over time.  Recent requests have included first editions of Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, P.G. Wodehouse, Larry McMurtry, Will James, Frank Dobie, and others.

Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse First Editions

Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse First Editions

As we are based in Boulder, Colorado and have a lot of clients in the West – we buy and sell a lot of books about the West – Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, etc.  We have several clients who we have worked with over years to build their collections one book at a time.  We also have clients who we have furnished entire libraries of hundreds of volumes of Western Americana at one time.

Western Americana Library

Western Americana Library

A somewhat related field is that of mountaineering books.  Given our base in Boulder, CO and our frequent work in the mountain communities, we see a lot of books about the mountains, rock climbing, skiing, and other related subjects and we find good homes for them!

Mountaineering Books

Mountaineering Books

We have built libraries for clients all over the world including yachts in the Mediterranean, homes in Italy and Switzerland, beach houses in California, South Carolina, Florida and New Jersey, beautiful homes in Arizona, Oregon, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinios, New York, etc. . . . One thing many of these clients have in common is that they have requested some books about the regional history of the areas where the homes are located.  We enjoy finding these books and having the homeowners and their guests delight in the discovery of learning local history.

New Mexico Book Collection

New Mexico Book Collection

Another popular request we receive is for children’s books, usually as part of larger collections.   We have recently assembled childrens’ books including complete sets of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Harry Pottery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, NC Wyeth illustrated classics, kids editions of Mark Twain, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson and others.

Childrens Classics

Childrens Classics

We would be happy to discuss any project idea you have involving a custom book collection.  It is not an exaggeration to say that we can find books about just about any subject that you are interested in . . .

Thatcher

Antique Vellum Library

When we look back at all the projects we helped clients with in 2010, one of our favorites is definitely a library of two thousand books we assembled for a home in Northern California.  Half of the books were antique vellum books (that’s right – one thousand antique vellum books) and the other half were antique leather books in light brown and golden brown tones.  Nearly all of the books were in English, and a massive number of literary classics filled the collection.

Vellum books are one of our specialties and this was just one of the projects Juniper Books worked on in 2010 involving vellum books.  I can pretty confidently say that we are one of the largest, if not the largest, dealer in vellum books in the world.

Vellum books are highly sought after for a number of reasons.  They are white leather books, bound in either young calfskin, goatskin or sheepskin.  The books look gorgeous in their white / off-white / cream tones, and usually have nice gold details on the spines and bindings which give them a very luxurious look.   Since vellum has always been a special and expensive material to work with, the books you find in vellum (at least from the 19th and 20th centuries) tend to be rare, limited editions of well known authors or important histories.  Thus a vellum book collection, if it is in the budget, will inevitably be special both in terms of how it looks and what it contains.

A collection of vellum books can also be hard to maintain in their pristine white bindings, which also makes the books in beautiful condition more valuable and elusive.  At Juniper Books we are very familiar with identifying vellum books that have been properly cared for and maintaining them.

While the photos in the gallery below focus on the vellum books, the combination of light brown leather and vellum books was spectacular.  For this project, we also did include some parchment and white cloth bound books that mixed very well with the vellum.  For those interested in buying vellum books, it is important to know the difference between real vellum, imitation vellum, parchment, and white cloth bindings made to look like vellum, and we will probably write up a separate blog post about that.

Our client for this library was very private so we cannot post any photos of their actual library, but here is a gallery of some of the antique vellum books Juniper Books selected for the project.

Happy New Year!

Juniper Books Portfolio of Custom Libraries and Decorative Books

I’ve been working on getting photos of recent and past projects organized and onto the website, also trying to make finding them and viewing them more user-friendly.  The photos below are from our projects and show the variety of work that Thatcher and Juniper Books can do from building handpicked book collections for home libraries, modifying books and making custom book covers for visual merchandising and set design, and much more. The books we use range from antique leather books, to rare vellum bound books, modern literature, handpicked collections of specific authors and subjects, custom wrapped books in paper or fabric and custom printed book covers.

Please click on the links below to see more photos and information about these projects.  As always please contact Thatcher regarding regarding your project whether it is a need for a handpicked book collection, a decorative library, or just about any other project involving books.

Residential Projects

Jackson Hole Western LibraryJackson Hole Western Library

White Wrapped Books in Contemporary Home
White Wrapped Books in Contemporary Home
Traditional Handpicked Library
Traditional Handpicked Library
Antique Leather Library
Antique Leather Library
Collection of Antique Vellum Books
Antique Vellum and Leather Collection
Modern Colorado Home
California Estate Library
California Estate Library
Beach House Library
Beach House Library
Bookshelves at Kips Bay Show House 2010
Kips Bay Show House 2010

Commercial Projects

Hotel Lorien Alexandria Virginia
Hotel Lorien Alexandria Virginia
95 Wall Street Library
95 Wall Street Library
Commercial Book Installation Restaurant XIV
Books for Restaurant XIV
Library at The House Dallas Texas
Library at The House Dallas Texas
Visual Merchandising with Books
Visual Merchandising with Books
Lobby Bookcase W Hollwood Residences
Lobby Bookcase W Hollwood Residences
Prop Books for Set Design
Prop Books for Set Design
Custom Wine Book Covers at Bayleaf
Custom Wine Book Covers at Bayleaf

Recent Decorative Book Projects

As a supplement to my posting on recent handpicked book collection projects, this posting focuses more on the purely decorative book projects we have done.  Some highlights:

Our custom wrapped white books are always a big seller.  If you go to Miami Beach, it’s hard to miss our white books as they are just about everywhere – Icon Brickell, Jade Ocean, Eden Roc, etc.  This Fall we provided white books to numerous retailers and interior designers in California and Florida.

Juniper Books Wrapped White Books

White Paper Wrapped Books

Our color selected hardcovers are also very popular as we do a lot of working making sure our clients get exactly the colors they want.  Recently we have handpicked books by color for:

  • White and neutral books for the lobby of a high end luxury residence building in Connecticut
  • White and neutral books a residence in Long Island, NY
  • Orange and yellow books for a residence in Arizona
  • Grey books for a residence in Illinois
  • Blue and black books for a boutique hotel in Rhode Island
Yellow and Orange Books

Yellow and Orange Books

Our fabric wrapped books have also been popular and we have provided our neutral linen style books to projects including:

  • A home in Minnesota where the client wanted a very neutral looking style of books without titles
  • The lobby of the W Hollywood Residences
  • Various Kiehl’s retail stores
Neutral Linen Fabric Wrapped Books

Fabric Wrapped Books

More posts to follow on recent projects involving our custom printed book jackets and book art!

Recent Handpicked Library Projects

It’s been a busy fall at Juniper Books.  We’ve had a lot of fun projects building book collections for clients.  Some of the highlights are below – please click on the photos to link to the project / style and more information.

We provided some handpicked book on gastronomy, food & wine, to interior designers Cullman & Kravis to use in their dining room at the Kips Bay Show House in New York City.

Bookshelves at Kips Bay Show House 2010

Kips Bay Show House 2010

As always, we were very busy building collections of antique leather books for clients.  Here are a few representative projects:

  • A client in Pennsylvania who wanted approximately 35 feet of antique leather books in English that were no deeper than 6″ (in order to fit on their shelves).  With collections like this we always try to include a lot of classics, such as works by Dickens, Shakespeare, and others.
  • A client in New Jersey who is only looking for complete sets of antique leather books, in English, by important authors.  This will be a long term project for us as we come keep his collecting preferences in mind as we make new acquisitions.  So far, we have sent beautiful leather bound sets of Thackeray, Tennyson and George Eliot.
  • A client in California who we have worked with for a couple years.  We handpicked an additional 25 feet of leather bound books, mostly by color, size and condition.  Thatcher went to LA to personally style their bookcases, integrating the additional books and making everything look pretty!  You can read more about that project by clicking here.
Antique Leather Book Set

Antique Leather Books

One of the projects that kept us the busiest was building a library of Western books for a client in Jackson Hole, WY.  This turned out to be one of the funnest projects we have worked on as it contained a lot of really wonderful vintage western books as well as more modern selections.  Thatcher styled the books in the Juniper Books warehouse with a lot of western antiques in order to get some nice photos capturing the feel of the library as it will be once installed in Wyoming.  Please click on the photo below to see the results of that photo shoot.

More interesting projects are in the works as always and I will post more photos when available.  Another blog posting for our purely decorative book projects will be posted shortly as well.