Of books, paper, maps & other wonders

A Paper Hunt in Tokyo

I recently went to Japan, to Tokyo this time. And there, I’ve been hunting for nice stationery or paper-related shops and places. Here are the nice addresses I found. You’ll find why I liked it below, district by district, and you can see where it is in the city thanks to a map, working with what3words addresses (starting with “///”). Hope you’ll like it!
 
A Paper Hunt in Tokyo
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Secret Santa notebook: Alibabette

Secret Santa notebook Alibabette

 

Each year at work, at the time of Christmas, we celebrate with a Secret Santa.

I guess it’s getting known that I love stationery!… Last year I got a beautiful Paperblanks planner. This year a got a lovely notebook, from the French brand Alibabette. Its cover is inspired by Chinese and Japanese patterns from the early 20th century. It reminds me of delicate lacquer boxes, it’s really nice!

Thank you, dear colleague who had this good idea!

o(*^▽^*)o

A gift guide for map lovers

A gift guide for map lovers by Wapapum

It’s been a while I started this list of map-related products that could be nice gifts, and I was like “who cares if it’s not the Xmas season?”… Well, time has passed and it’s only now that I’m able to publish this article, so here it is!

Are you looking for a gift for that dear one who loves map? Here are some examples of articles they could like!

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Dream & Do notebook

Dream & Do Navucko notebook

How convenient!!

I was thinking today I should start a new notebook to write down my crazy dreams… And here I find the perfect one while tidying my place!

I tend to have so many notebooks that I sometimes forget about the ones I bought. They just wait to be discovered, some day, lying on my busy shelves. And surprise! I rediscover them… <3

I bought this one in Koln in a pop-store and it comes from the German brand Navucko. I love its catchy foiled sentence, the typography and the overall simplicity of it.
Now let’s go dream a bit to have something to write in it!

 

A selection of orange stationery

An orange stationery selection

Whether you prefer A Clockwork Orange or Orange is the new black, well, it’s all about orange stationery today!

In the last few months I’ve been surrounded by orange stationery. I made this selection to answer all your cravings for anything orange (but mostly stationery, books and maps!). It features some of my favourite stationery brands and publishers, so I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do! (more…)

A paper walk in Vienna

As I spent a few days in Vienna for the first time, I was delighted to find lots of nice shops and bars. The city has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. It exudes a sense of cool, and design is everywhere – at least in its 6th and 7th districts, where I spent most of my time. For the paper lovers you are, here is a selection of shops (= books and stationery) that I came across in the trendy Neubau district, that I’d like to share with you. Hope you’ll enjoy this walk as much as I did!

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Honeycomb notebook by Paperways

Honeycomb mini notebook by Paperways

Some days ago a very dear friend gave me, to my surprise, an old analog camera: an Olympus OM10. Her mother had found it unused and forgotten in the ceiling while emptying the family house. I’m not familiar with analogue photography, but recently I heard a photographer saying he started with analogue photography by recording all the pictures he took in a notebook he kept with him at all times. To keep track of the settings and conditions when he took the pictures, and improve on it. I decided to do the same.

After cleaning and charging a brand new film in the camera (let’s hope it still work), I took my collection of notebooks (it’s getting big!): time to select a notebook! *** Excitement!!!***

I needed a very small and handy notebook, not too soft because it will travel a lot, not too heavy because I will have to carry, etc. And there I found it: a Paperways mini notebook with honeycombed patterned paper. It’s small and original, exactly what I needed!

 

 

Paperways honeycomb notebook

 

And if you’re into cute Korean stationery like me, you’ll find a selection of Korean stationery here.

Three iconic London bookshops

Foyles, iconic bookshop in London

London is one of the cities I keep coming back to, let’s say once a year. Every time I’m reminded how much I love the city, its bricks, its aerial train tracks, its bacon and of course, its bookshops.

I have this kind or ritual where I visit my favourite bookshops, one after the other, and I leave London with enough books to read for a year. I could buy these books online, or from English bookshops in Paris. I could. But I’d rather get lost in the aisles of these old and very well furnished establishments. I’ve rarely been disappointed. Either I stumble upon new editions I didn’t know about, or new exciting publishing houses. Or I finally find that title I’ve been looking for… it’s Christmas each time!

During my last trip I found out that some of the places I used to visit ten years ago are now gone. Happily for us, some are still in business, and well, as these are big names in the industry, let’s hope these iconic bookshops will stay here for a while!

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