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© Paolo Olbi
© Paolo Olbi
© Paolo Olbi
© Paolo Olbi
© Paolo Olbi

Paolo Olbi

  • Bookbinder
  • Venice, Italy
  • Atelier
  • Open to the public
Paolo Olbi Bookbinder
By appointment only
+39 3408234035
© Paolo Olbi

In 1962 artistic bookbinder Paolo Olbi began his journey as an artisan in the world of bookbinding, an ancient craft passed down generations and developed over the centuries since the time of Aldo Manuzio, the father of modern pocket books. Using antique machines, special techniques and high-quality materials, Paolo and his employees cover books and objects with hand printed paper, fine fabrics and hot stamped vegetable tanned leather with designs inspired by Liberty, Byzantine and classical Italian styles.

© Paolo Olbi

Items are decorated using unique moulds that are pressed with an ancient printing press on fine paper, leather or textiles with heat, gold or high pigmented colours. Frequent collaborations with local marble, silver and glass artisans result in unique artistic book bindings which are showcased alongside important artifacts in their gallery. From diaries, notebooks and boxes to folders, photo albums and document holders; Paolo Olbi Venezia does it all.

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