We had the pleasure of making this beautiful enclosure for an amazing book: The Architecture of A. Palladio, in Four Books, 1721.
Andrea Palladio (11/30/1508 - 08/19/1580), was an Italian architect who to this day is widely considered to be the most influential individual in the history of architecture.
Because the book is about architecture we wanted the tooling design to reflect that, so we designed a cottage style tooling design, mixing in Palladian architectural features. All of our more complicated tooling designs begin with a sketch laying out the design. We hand dyed the leather to a color to match the upholstery in the room this enclosure and book will be displayed in. The box measures 20" x 13", one of the largest enclosures we've made; it practically used a whole calf skin.
The project took 51 hours to complete, with 1,941 individual tool impressions.
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