An old book is not just literature but often a hand crafted artefact in itself. Like an archaeological object it can tell a lot more besides the author and his texts.
In this ongoing project Folkform is collaborating with the Hagströmer Library in Stockholm and explore the work of the skilled craftsmen involved in the production of the hundred year old books included in the Library collection: the printer and his types, the artist who drew the illustrations, the woodcutter, engraver or lithographer, who transferred the artist’s drawing to the woodblock, the copperplate or the lithographic stone, the colourist, and the bookbinder.
The new Folkform bookends are the first objects in the new collection based on the research process that began in the Hagströmer library in Stockholm. Each new piece is a result of the dialogue with the experts working there. The bookends is manufactured by Skultuna which a Swedish producer of fine metal objects.