16 July 2016

Meet Our New Obelisks

www.parvumopus.com

We're delighted to introduce our handmade obelisks. Each one is constructed completely by hand from archival bookbinders' boards (19 pieces-- quite a puzzle!) and stunning hand-marbled papers from around the world. 

Handmade obelisks at Parvum Opus

This has been a fun project for us. Having admired antique obelisks made from specimen stones, papier-mâché and other interesting materials, it was a challenge to translate these elements of classical design for production in the bindery.

Handmade obelisks at Parvum Opus

As is our mission with all of our work in the bindery, we've designed and crafted these obelisks with the intention of creating heirlooms for the future. Every element has been designed and selected for its enduring quality, from the artfully made papers to the solid brass ball feet. 
Handmade obelisks at Parvum Opus

We've made a batch of these beauties, currently available for immediate delivery at The Parvum Opus Shop. We plan to keep them in stock, having splurged on lots of stunning marbled papers... The patterns are so beautiful and are impossible to resist!

Handmade obelisks at Parvum Opus

Of course, we're always happy to accept commissions for pieces in special-order papers and design elements (the next batch will feature obelisks with mounted grand tour intaglios... stay tuned!).

Handmade obelisks at Parvum Opus
  


3 comments:

  1. Hello Erika, The obelisks have such a classic shape, and your marbled papers are a fun twist on those "Grand Tour" mementos. A while ago at a sale I saw a pair of very large obelisks made of an early kind of Lucite. Extensive internal cracking made me fear that they would soon disintegrate into powder, but they were pretty amazing.
    --Jim

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  2. Hi Jim,
    Thanks for your message-- that lucite pair sounds so great! But sadly, a lot of the 'plastics' from that time & even into the 1970s seem not to have aged gracefully... I hope we fare better!
    Warm regards, Erika

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