|A Grande Letter Sorter from our bindery, Parvum Opus|
In part 1 of our series, we focused on the desk blotter, the aesthetic and functional focus of the well-dressed desk. So, now that you have chosen your beautiful writing surface, the next key item to the well-dressed desk is some sort of stationery box or rack to hold your wardrobe of fine writing papers and sort your correspondence.
|A 19th C English writing slope|
Today, we have a selection of exquisite antique writing boxes, letter racks and some of our own work to inspire you. No matter what the material style or provenance, all of these pieces share an elegant but highly functional design. It's no use filling your desktop with decorative nick-knacks only to have your stationery scattered in a drawer, or, heaven forbid, a plastic wrapper or box! Using beautifully made fine objects in your everyday life is the best way to train your aesthetic and develop a sense of connoisseurship. It's also a joy to use pieces like these: just seeing them on your artfully arranged writing desk is an open invitation to put pen to paper.
|An amusing wishbone-themed toast rack by William Hutton and Sons, Ltd., |
hallmarked Birmingham, 1903
An example of a toast rack reimagined as a letter rack
These boxes and racks make it easy to keep your writing paper, notecards, gift enclosure cards and special letters organized and at hand. Some of the pieces we've chosen to share here are rare, superbly finished antiques, while others are more humble objects, but still charming and full of character. No matter their provenance, carefully selecting and using vintage, antique or handmade desk accessories is clearly more fulfilling--and not necessarily more expensive--than using a mass-produced plastic or base metal ones from a big box office supply store.
|A 19th C Chinoiserie lacquer letter rack|
|A set of stacking stationery trays from Parvum Opus, available in various sizes|
For more information on our work, we invite you to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our bindery's website, www.parvumopus.com
|A Petite Letter Sorter from Parvum Opus|
|Portable Writing Box, Vizagapatan, India, 1850-1880|