Stifflex "Made in Italy"
Stifflex started in 1997 and Giuliano Mazzuoli's idea takes inspiration from binding system used in an old book (from around the 1700s) that was shown to him in an old florentine library. The precious volume, composed of multiple pages, had a sturdy cover able to hold its contents over time and it also needed to be easily consultable: so a hardcover that was at the same time flexible was made. Giuliano Mazzuoli is inspired by this ancient, but also modern technique and calls it Stifflex for its "stiff and flexible" nature. By using it you can appreciate its functionality, the quality of the raw materials used, and its extraordinary resistance to use.
Stifflex is inspired by an ancient binding system used in an old book shown to Giuliano Mazzuoli in an old florentine library, where the hardcover was at the same time flexible allowing for an easy consultation. This is in fact where the name Stifflex comes from, that is "stiff but flexible."
The idea to make a hardcover that works like a soft cover allows for an original product in a contemporary "key" with an attention to tradition. The inside is a pocket in black paperboard where small documents can be inserted.
The pocket is finished with a flap that can be used as a bookmark.This is another distinguishing factor of Stifflex.