Designed by Ralph Selby and Stuart Welch exclusively for Conservation by Design. The Bookmate™ is made from high density Plastazote® foam which is very light, rigid and strong. Plastazote® is made from Nitrogen expanded Polyethylene and as such is an inert material which neither degrades under the influence of UV light nor emits toxic fumes in a fire. It also has very good fold strength which is of great importance for this product which is designed to fold flat for easy storage. Although lightweight the Conservation Bookmate™ is very stable and is strong enough to support large and heavy volumes.
The Conservation Bookmate™ incorporates two softer Plastazote® pads giving a gentle surface for delicate and uneven covers that may incorporate metal bosses or side pins. Separate pads can be ordered particularly for use with thick volumes, these pads can be used to support the book board and lighter side of the text block as the reader turns the pages. The design has two front lips to stop the book sliding forward. Also incorporated is a space for hollow back and inflexible book spines. Support strips for tight back bindings can also be supplied. The complete Companion Set comes with a pair of 900 mm weighted snakes and a special double book cushion with washable cover that can be used in conjunction with the Conservation Bookmate™ when reading small tight back volumes. Many conventional reading supports tilt the book at too steep an angle which puts strain on the volume and can result in damage to the book.
The Conservation Bookmate™ has an angle of tilt set at 20° which allows the book to be read in comfort with a minimum of stress to the binding structure. The Conservation Bookmate™ is durable and easy to clean. It can be washed if needed with cold soapy water to remove leather red rot or other contamination.
Dimensions when open including cushion approx. 530x360xH200mm
Registered Design No: 2050129. U.K. Patent No: 2 306 104; U.S. Patent No: 5,829,729