Design Bindings

Glenn Malkin’s award-winning, extraordinary and unique pieces of art

What is a Design Binding?

A design binding can best be described of a book presented as a unique work of art. The most visible aspect is of course the cover – the leather or other material which wraps around the book. However, a design binding goes far beyond that, incorporating design and creativity on the inside of the boards, the choice of end papers, the hand-sewn end bands, the decorated edges of the text block and the case or box the book is presented in to name just some elements.
Every design binding is unique, usually taking well over a hundred hours to complete and of course necessitates the very highest level of bookbinding technique and skill to make a book which is both stunningly beautiful as well as practical and readable.
Glenn was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2022
If you are interested in finding out about commissioning a design binding, please contact Glenn Malkin for a no-obligation chat.
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
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(Bindings shown with a gold shadow are available for sale)


The Illustrated Man
The Rime of The Ancient Mariner
Emily Dickinson Poems

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Silent Women

Poems of Rudyard Kipling

The Pyed Pyper

The Wind in the Willows
The Stories of Nikolai Gogol

Letters from the Crimea

La Nature du Chaumet

The Fort

The Fall of the House of Usher
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Wrenching Times