18 January 2014

Happy New Year!

A set of stacking desk organizer trays and matching pencil holder
in Turquoise Florentine paper.

Warm New Year wishes from Parvum Opus! It's been much too long since I've treated myself to the pleasant task of posting here to share the latest news from the bindery. It's been a cheerfully chaotic couple of months at Parvum Opus, with new projects, new tools, new bindery assistants, and a new online shop.

A desk blotter and pencil holder in hand-marbled paper made in France.

With so much going on in the bindery, I thought it might be nice to begin this year's posts by sharing some recent projects with you today. All of the materials you see in these designs were chosen by our wonderful clientele. Often it happens that we source materials for a bespoke project and end up so smitten by a color or pattern that we add it to our permanent collection. 

A pair of accordion files for one of our favorite clients...
made with Florentine papers.
And a desk set in Aqua Japanese paper for another dear client.

Each year we add to our palette of papers and book cloth colors, and it's great fun for us to see how cleverly clients combine them. 

The latest in paper options at the bindery.
Our beautiful Italian book cloth range.

No detail is too small! Inspired by the great designer Roger Banks-Pye
and the desire to use every scrap of gorgeous paper, we've added
these playful matchboxes to our range of products. 

At this moment, our bindery's book presses are full of more projects that I will be happy to share very soon. I'm very grateful to have had the privilege of working on interesting projects with so many charming and creative people from all over North America and the UK last year, and we're looking forward to continuing our fulfilling work this year. I hope that 2014 brings health, friendship and joy for all of you.  


  1. Hello Erika, The projects that you have been working on are all exquisite, and I am impressed by your imagination in using even the smallest scraps of elegant material. I have boxes put away full of interesting materials that I hope to "do something interesting with" one day. I hope your creativity will inspire me to take action.

    1. Dear Jim,
      Thank you for your message-- Happy New Year! I think it must be a sign of great depth, intelligence and aesthetic awareness to have a stash of beautiful scraps to be used at some later date, don't you? ;) I still have large boxes of precious bits left from art school.... I couldn't possibly part with them, either!
      Warm regards, Erika

  2. Dear Erika — Happy new Year!

    What a pleasure to look at this posting and see something familiar to me! I enjoyed navigating through your bindery website and seeing the added possibilities through your suppliers. And I especially like the handsome Violet Marbled paper, which appears to be a new addition.

    1. Dear Mark,
      Happy New Year! I thought you might see something familiar here...! I hope all is well and that you're off to a flying start to 2014. I'm glad you enjoyed this post-- all of those colorful papers seemed like a good way to start the year.
      Warm regards,

  3. Dear Erika,
    I think that I just fell in love with your 'pink Japanese' paper . . .
    A Happy New Year to you too!

    1. Dear Kirk,
      Happy New Year! Thank you for your message-- I'm glad you enjoyed seeing some of our papers. That Pink Japanese paper is hand silk-screened in Japan, and is even more lovely and cheerful in person. Even in the middle of a long, cold winter, the bindery feels sunny and colorful as we're surrounded by such colorful materials.
      Warm regards,

  4. Dear Erika, Love your new accordion files. In my mind I imagined so many color combinations and possibilities.
    Wishing you a most wonderful New Year with lots of happiness and prosperity.
    ox, Gina