LIMITED EDITION: SSB-2 in pure orange
Whether used as a single shelf or in a seamless-looking row, the Slotted System Bookcase holds everything from small paperbacks to large art books and lps with ease.
The Cista Bookbag
Designed in collaboration with Ken Nishijo of Raregem Japan, a Japan-based cabinet-making studio and bag builder, this is a casual bag with serious construction and beautiful details.
Made from #4 Selvedge Canvas (woven in small batches on looms imported to Japan from Belgium in the 1930s), and equipped with natural vegetable-tanned leather handles from one the oldest and best tanners in Tokyo. The remarkably precise stitching is all hand-done by Nishijo’s own family in his workshop. The natural canvas has a dirt-resistant starch finish, but this is a bag made to be used hard, age well, and last a lifetime.
The SSB-1 in Birch ply
Whether used as a single shelf or in a seamless-looking row, the Slotted System Bookcase keeps everything from small paperbacks to large art books and lps.
The design of these beauties is the only thing simple about them. A wood craftsman works for days on each one. They’re made in California of custom American natural birch ply (made for us in Oregon), each unit is cut and trimmed by hand to ensure an exact fit (one “foot” alone has 27 edges and surfaces to be hand-sanded), then matte clear-coated, meticulously edge-banded (16 edges per unit are hand edge-banded, a painstaking process of cutting, trimming and application), then sanded again before shipping out to you.
We work hard to create a lasting piece of book furniture that functions perfectly and holds up beautifully with use. The SSB-1 ships flat & slots together effortlessly to make a sturdy and handsome table top bookcase.
"If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of art and the thing to be most longed for, I should answer, a beautiful House; and if I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for, I should answer, a beautiful Book. To enjoy good houses and good books in self-respect and decent comfort, seems to me to be the pleasurable end towards which all societies of human beings ought now to struggle."
- William Morris
gifts for booklovers
Why should New York delicatessens have all the great mugs? The Zabar's mug has long been one of those "if you know, you know" classics, and our homage version is wrapped around with the word "Bibliophile" (it means "booklover" and if you aren't one you probably know one, so now you have the perfect gift!)