James Cann & Lizzie Mercer, Founders of Library Design Studio & ExLibris.

Our Story


EX LIBRIS (Latin) ‘from the library of’ often used as a bookplate bearing the owner's name & coat of arms.

Library Design Studio was founded by two designers above a printworks.
EX LIBRIS is their independent brand of quality products they’ve designed and produced, featuring their cat & muse, Jynx.

From the spirit distilled in a copper still, to the book-plate label printed on an ink press, to the wax-dipped bottle, EX LIBRIS is created by traditional, handcrafted processes, inspired by books and made with meaning.