It has been a great pleasure for Goosepen to design family handbooks and encyclopedias for Genealogica. Family historians based in Los Angeles and London, Genealogica delves deeply into esoteric record houses across the world — not limited to local archives, universities, museums, churches, courthouses, and private collections — to contextualize in narrative form, accompanied by images of original documentation and site-specific photography, your family story. Thanks to Genealogica's extensive experience and creative approach, their results are truly unrivaled.
At the heart of Genealogica is the world’s best family history research and story-telling team. Working with high profile individuals from all walks of life, the team undertakes extensive research into their clients' family histories, providing them with educational and emotional insights into their own ancestries. With a clearer understanding of the past, it helps many clients make sense of the present and to prepare for their own and their families’ futures. Prior to the inception of Genealogica, the team produced thirty-five episodes of the critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? taking celebrities on tailor-made explorations of their roots — visiting countries as diverse as Benin, Germany, Barbados, Italy, Latvia, England, Cameroon, Bulgaria and the USA.
In 2014, Genealogica's family histories included a gift from a husband to his wife, whose interior Nathan Moehlmann set in Caslon using an ornament from Fonderie Gustave Mayeur, Paris, circa 1900. The interior he then printed on a fine-art, inkjet press, using archival inks and cotton rag archival paper.
The folded signatures made their way to Paul Vogel of the Vogel Bindery, in East Hampton, New York. Paul's magical craftsmanship is on display in the snapshots below. Paul bound the book in archival, hand-tanned, Scottish leather, with marbled French endsheets. The tooling is twenty-four karat gold, and Paul was able to employ the Mayeur ornament on the cover and spine — an oak tree, symbolizing for the family fortitude, longevity, and remembrance.
When you're in New York, stop by the Plaza Hotel (Assouline, on the mezzanine of the lobby) and visit Paul's beautiful exhibit of leathers, papers, book binding tools, and samples of his work, which are a delight to see and hold. (Paul and the Vogel Bindery were featured in the 2014 gift ideas section of T Magazine, the New York Times.)