Two Cute


Bronze "Tug-of-War" Bookends by PM Craftsman (LEO Design)


Before I founded LEO Design in 1995, I worked for eight years at a large clothing retailer, a company which designed and manufactured its own products.  My final position was working in the design offices, where I oversaw the Men's Shirting category.  During the customary "show-and-tell" meetings—where each product manager would share his or her latest creations—if my female colleagues would say, "Ooooh, that's cuuute!," then I would know that I had done something wrong.  My intention was not to create "cute" outfits for men.  "Sharp" was fine.  "Nice" was, well, nice.  And "Handsome"—that was the gold standard.  But their "cuuute" was too conventional, too trendy, too (can I say it?) girly.   Even now, three decades later, I still resist acquiring any product which one might call "cute."

That said . . .

For every rule, one confronts the occasional exception.  This pair of mid-century bookends may be one of them.  Made in the Seventies, these bronze bookends are finished with a golden-bronze patina.  Two trios of children—three on each side—pull furiously on their ends of the rope.  Sculpted with tension and motion, the bookends would be great on a child's bookshelf (or the bookshelf of someone young-at-heart).  Click on the photo above to learn more about this pair of interesting (and cute?) bookends.


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