Books do furnish a room?
Of course they do. On a coffee table, a bookcase, a wall of bookshelves, a library. For me, a room bereft of books is a sterile and empty space. Do they betray our innermost selves? Maybe. Who hasn’t had a quick peer at a friend’s shelf? Self-help manuals, travel guides, cookery books, enticing ‘coffee-table’ books on art or architecture, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, the latest Man Booker/Costa winner? And are they randomly displayed or arranged by author, by title, by colour? Fascinating.
And interior designers certainly seem to believe that books are a necessary element to complete furnishing any room. Working with major designers we have been providing our Couture Covers (colour-coordinated and title embossed dust jackets on books) to complement their sophisticated design schemes, helping to lend an air of liveability to the theatre that is the show flat or house.
However, what has been most intriguing here at Prometheus Bound has been the wonderfully creative way that many of our clients have treated a book. Because we can emboss any book with messages they become a personal missive to someone special.
We have bound books with birthday messages so they become an ultra luxurious birthday card, likewise wedding anniversary giftsGod-children are given books to treasure for always, often one from the donor’s own childhood that means something special to them, ‘Hope you love this as much as I did’. Recently we were asked to put a wedding proposal in the form of a self-penned poem on the front of the very romantic ‘Love Poems’. Aaah! We loved doing that and really hoped she said yes. And the one with a date on the front and ‘See you in church xx’ on the back. And the lovely book we made, printing and binding the emails of a couple with a long distance relationship. Who says romance is dead?
A present for the bride to be from her girlfriends? – an initialled notebook for her wedding notes.
A visitors book for the new home – when it’s a castle you do need something special!
The sign-in book for an ultra fashionable London club – enormous! A3 size, 600 pages and embossed with the club’s crest in gold – so traditional, so cool.
What a pleasure it is for us to receive these, so personal, requests and to produce something that is going to make someone very happy.
Furnishing a room with books comes in a myriad of forms.