We have come a long way since the advent of publishing – the Ipad and Kindle have, for many of us, replaced the traditionally printed word and books and writing are certainly not the preserve of the ecclesiastical or aristocratic elite as they were in centuries past.
Some things do remain tangible and tactile about reading – it has to be encased, bound – and we strive to have beautiful cases or bags even for our electronic reading devices. Such is the tradition of bookbinding that we cherish the soft feel of a leather binding over the aluminium or plastic frame of the tablet computer, serving a practical as well as an aesthetic function.
Hand tooling and gilding on leather was one of the ways that books used to be embellished and cherished tomes preserved and fêted in centuries past although today the tradition is waning. Leather binding of hardcover books can be traced as far back as the 5th century.
This same time honoured technique is used in our collections. From blind tooling (without gilding or silvering) to gold tooling on leather and even on wood, we enjoy conveying the tactile nature of the materials we use. The top of a leather inlaid desk or the spine of a book decorating items such the Neo-Classical inspired Library cabinet below.
We enjoy keeping traditions alive and re-creating masterpieces from the past. Books embody the retention of knowledge and the passing down of traditions that out furniture embodies. Our classical techniques reflect our respect for these traditions.