The old, wood-paneled library is getting an upgrade, and we’re not talking about digitization. (We love the iPad, but we’re not using it to decorate our living-room walls.) Boulder-based Juniper Books rethinks the bookshelf by creating custom-made collections. To wit: The company recently created a travel library for a client’s yacht, in which the re-covered spines of eight books about the Caribbean were pushed together to form a design.
The company’s owner, Thatcher Wine, started out as a rare book collector and set his sights on libraries in 2005 after he built a 4,000-book customized library for a family friend and projects began pouring in. Wine employs two workers to assist him but handles most of the hands-on work himself, taking four to six weeks to complete a project. His work costs anywhere from $80 to a hefty $750 per foot, depending on the project. But Wine sees himself as selling art—not just books. “No one questions why you want to buy a piece of art,” says Wine. “Books are small, affordable, and modular. They symbolize knowledge, exploration, and tell people something about who you are.” juniperbooks.com
Five local bookstores to help fill your shelves.
- Tattered Cover Book Store (tatteredcover.com)
Go there for…local authors
- Murder By the Book (murderbythebook.com)
Go there for…spine-chilling mysteries and noir
- Gallagher Books (gcbooks.com)
Go there for…old editions or out-of-print books
- Mutiny Now (myspace.com/173029770)
Go there for…quirky, used tomes
- The Bookies (thebookies.com)
Go there for…classic children’s books