Introducing: The Solander Museum Case

a protective box made in the form of a book, for holding such items as botanical specimens, maps, and color plates.

Daniel Charles Solander, a renowned Swedish botanist & an apostle of Carl Linnaeus (Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician), traveled with Captain Cook on his first voyage to the Pacific Ocean aboard the 'Endeavour,' alongside Joseph Banks, a fellow botanist. During that time, Solander helped to make an important collection of Australian plants, as well as a manuscript describing all the species collected on his voyage. This sparked his creation of a "book-form box," which was to hold his manuscripts, as well as to preserve botanical specimens he collected. 

Today, the 'Solander Case' is commonly used by museums, libraries, and professionals to store valuable collections (paintings, drawings, materials, and manuscripts). FORMAT box makers make these cases by hand, maintaining their classic shape and purpose, with mindful updates to the design. 

Currently, FORMAT makes nine different sized Solander Museum Cases. The case features a clamshell lid, as well as a book-cloth hinge spine that allows the museum case to open 180 degrees on any flat surface- which makes it incredibly easy to sort through your photos by transferring them from side to side. Nickel plated clasps are added to these handmade wooden structures with rivets to not only give it a modern design, but to ensure that collections are safe from light & dust (or anything else, for that matter). 

Like all of our products on, the Solander Museum Case is made with materials sourced from U.S. based suppliers- from the basswood, interior white lignin-free lining in buffered ph neutral paper, exterior hard case, exterior black covering materials, and even the adhesives used to apply it, all have an origin based in the United States.