Go to Florence for the Paper

People told me, “you must go to Florence for the paper.” I took their advice and then some. It was difficult to tear (excuse the pun) myself away from stores like Giannini & Son in the Piazza Pitti. Established in 1856, this family-run shop works with the ancient style of book binding as well as modern techniques like “marbled” paper. All of the work happens in the studio above the shop. Here are some photos of my prized purchases. The half moon card is an example of the marbled paper. I like the way they have inserted the circle of color into a cut outline of the moon. For more information and photos, visit: http://www.giuliogiannini.it