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!
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!
And if you’re into cute Korean stationery like me, you’ll find a selection of Korean stationery here.
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!
My last city escape took me to Berlin where I found many nice stationery and book shops. I brought back home a selection of the best I’ve seen and here are some examples of German stationery for you, as well as a few addresses… Enjoy! (more…)
If you like reading Viriginia Woolf’s works – novels or essays – here are several noteworthy editions of her works from nice publishing houses. You’ll see only the books I own myself, but many other editions are available. If you know about some equally fine editions, do let us know by leaving a comment!
Hardback Penguin Classics – Yes, them again… In 2011, for the seventieth anniversary of Woolf’s death, Penguin Classics edited a beautiful series of hardback editions including 5 of Virginia’s Woolf works. The jackets are particularly interesting with hypnotic and modern paintings. You can see here Orlando and A Room of One’s Own (without its jacket). Are also available Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and The Waves.
You can see more books from Penguin Classics in this article.
Melville House’s Art of the Novella – As part of their Art of the Novella series, Melville House Publishing has edited one of Viriginia Woolf’s titles, Jacob’s Room. It is may be less famous than her other novels, but this story (her third publication) helped establishing her as a modernist and a major writer.
Read more about Melville House Art of the Novella series here.
Everyman’s library vintage edition – I first read Viriginia Woolf after finding this old edition of To the Lighthouse in a second-hand bookshop. This is a 1962 Everyman’s library edition. Since then, they’ve reprinted it in a more modern edition, along with Mrs Dalloway.
I recently spent a few days in Seoul, and the least I can say is that the stationery scene is thriving there! I couldn’t explore it all, but in a very short time I stumbled upon many nice shops and Korean brands…
Here is a short selection of notebooks and other stationery items I could gather: (more…)
Usually the title Tales of Mystery and Imagination is associated with Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote these famous dark short stories, now an American literature classic. So who’s Harry Clarke then? He was an Edwardian book illustrator and artist and he did a wonderful work illustrating Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination. (more…)
If you happen to be visiting Lille (France), and are a paper-lover, you should definitively pay a visit to L’Atelier de la Sorcière Verte. They sell stationery items and organize paper-related workshops (bookbinding, mail art, origami, etc). The shop is full of lovely things, and set in a lively street. A must-see!
When last in L’Atelier de la Sorcière Verte, I bought a beautiful Japanese-inspired notebook (or rather sketchbook, its paper being quite thick – 180g/m²). (more…)
I’ve already talked about Penguin Classics books and how they publish gorgeous hardback classics. I could have included these books in this previous article too. But I felt they deserved a special emphasis, not because I like them best, but because this series is about one author only: Scott F. Fitzgerald. (more…)