Date initial mock-up 2005.

Description Bookscreen is a flexible screen constructed from quality, used, hardback books. Each one is handmade, individual, an exploration into colour composition and builds on the qualities of the original books.  The screens are assembled using traditional book binding techniques.  The integrated book spines provide pliable hinges for the concertina screen. Each screen is given a Christian name.

Sizes Although each of the screens is unique and can be made to a specific size, they are available in four typical sizes:

mini (5 books. 5 books across and 1 book high).

low (18 books. 6 books across and 3 books high.  Approximately 550mm).

regular (48 books. 6 books across and 8 books high.  Approximately 1500mm high).

large (64 books. 8 books across and high.  Approximately 1500mm high).


1. Large, 64 book Bookscreen (this one is ‘Ruby the Bookscreen’, made 2008.  Private commission).  Photo by Peter Bennetts.

2. Rear of ‘Ruby the Bookscreen’ with a low, 18 book Bookscreen in front (‘Helga the Bookscreen’, made 2007. Sold).  Photo by Peter Bennetts.

3. Regular, 48 book Bookscreen (this one is ‘Elliot the Bookscreen’, made 2008).  Photo by Peter Bennetts

4. ‘Elliot the Bookscreen’ with Siena the Bookblock Tables.  Photo by Peter Bennetts

5. Regular, 48 book Bookscreen (this one is ‘Paul the Bookscreen’, made 2006.  Private collection).  Photo by Simon Wood.

6. Regular, 48 book Bookscreen (this one is ‘Isabel the Bookscreen’, made 2009).  Photo by Sam Parsons.

7. Rear of Isabel the Bookscreen. Photo by Sam Parsons.

Colours The bold colours of the book covers provide an integral part of Bookscreen. Hard back books can be found in a range of colours and tones and can be arranged in a variety of ways including:

a spectrum of colours (for example ‘Isabel the Bookscreen’ incorporates a rainbow of colours spanning across the horizon from blue to red. The colours become darker as they get higher).

a gradation of a range of colours (for example ‘Elliot the Bookscreen’ and ‘Ruby the Bookscreen’).

a composition of colours (for example ‘Paul the Bookscreen’ who displays an abstract arrangement of blue, green and yellow).

Reverse The back of each screen is lined with pages from the books themselves; providing a subdued alternative for a change of character.

Application Bookscreen’s bold colours, simplicity and existing patina would add an element of personality to any interior. The taller screens would be an ideal privacy screen for reading, as a feature in corporate foyers, libraries, cafes or for delineating space and providing a haven in an open plan house.  The low and mini Bookscreen would provide an ideal privacy screen above or below a workstation.

Over time as traditional books are increasingly replaced by digital media the Bookscreens will provide cultural reminders for future generations on the tactile nature and beauty of handcrafted, traditional books.

Recognition Bookscreen has been recognised by several awards programs and has been widely published in Australia due to its sustainable attributes,  originality, colour and design. In 2008 ‘Paul the Bookscreen’ won a Premier’s (Victoria) Design Award and was awarded a prestigious Premier’s Design Mark.

Purchase details Bookscreens are limited edition pieces and typically made to order based on specific size and colour requirements.  Our experience has shown that consumers today are increasingly after more individuality and customisation.  Please contact Studio Sam for details.

Price available on application . The price of the screens depends on colour, size and the level of customisation required.