Libraries say a lot about a person. Their choice of books show their style, the way they think, and often track stages of their lives. Showing off a collection in its best light can bring all these things together in a magnificent way—turning books into a personal style statement.
If you’ve got a fantastic collection and are looking for guidance on how to display, then you need to pick up yet another book. For the Love of Books is designed for book lovers and goes the extra mile in considering a collection. Written by Thatcher Wine, a book aficianado who has worked his magic on the libraries of celebrities, business leaders, royal families, interior designers and retailers around the world. In fact, you may have seen his work at The NoMad Hotel in New York, or in the luxury high-rise at 95 Wall Street.
With all this experience under his belt, he’s filled the book with wonderful advice, and guides each person in the best ways to display their collection. The book offers a myriad of questions to ask yourself to determine what goes and what stays, how to define your areas of interest (and if there are more books to add), and the best way to evaluate your current statement.
Thatcher started thinking about putting this book together in 2016, after a TED Talk he gave entitled The Books We Keep, The Stories We Tell. Afterwards he found himself inundated with comments and questions from book lovers of every background—some wanting to show off their libraries and others with questions about how to best style their shelves. Incorporating all of his experience and expertise since starting Juniper Books in 2001, For the Love of Books is a treasure trove of wisdom and creative ideas.
One of the things that really caught my eye is his idea of using the book spines to create an overall image that defines the theme. As a matter of fact, Thatcher Wine has patented his method. His company, Juniper Books also currently offers over 300+ special edition book sets including its bestsellers: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, plus numerous Children’s Books and Cookbook Collections. They also offer jackets only designs for some classics book sets, allowing customers to transform the books they already own with the addition of its high-design jackets.
Juniper Books has completed over 3,000 custom projects for clients ranging from single books in custom jackets to libraries with over 10,000 books. The company’s custom projects start at $350 for a small set and can range into six or seven figures for a large highly curated library. See more inspiraton @juniperbooks on Instagram (and check the #bookstagram hashtag) or at juniperbooks.com.