I have loved these "Wise Owl" letter racks since I first opened the LEO Design doors in 1995. The flamboyant Art Nouveau "whiplash" silhouette is tempered by the masculine owl, pine foliage and dark, antique brass finish. I always try to keep one of these letter racks on-hand, in-stock, since it makes such a handsome and meaningful gift. Almost everyone can use one on his or her desk.
In 28 years of business, however, I have never had this deluxe version: a pair of owl letter holders, connected with a book rack between them. Made for a partners' desk in the early Twentieth Century, each partner could stash his mail in his letter rack and share a small collection of reference books in-between. No partners' desk? No problem! This rack would stand nicely along the far edge of the desk or on a credenza—with a holder for "in" and a holder for "out." Or, in a kitchen, a collection of cookbooks could be displayed with two holders, one on each side, to collect recipe cards or unbound materials.
Wherever this "Wise Owl" letter rack alights, he will prove useful and handsome. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.
Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well! Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).
We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).
Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only). 917-446-4248