Belgium has always been special to me, and I like to wander its cities, exploring its architecture and discovering nice addresses. It had been a while I hadn’t been there, so a certain urge brought it me Ghent in a summer day. Strolling the city, I specifically looked for books and stationery addresses. Here are […]
I’ve never felt the need for a reading list. I have lots of books waiting to be read at home, and whenever I finished a book, I generally new which one would be next. Turns out recently I started a new job and I’m lucky enough to no longer have to take public transportation. The […]
Has it ever happened to you to be deeeeep in a book and suddenly, you realize you might have actually read that book before? Well, I thought that would never happen to me and surprisingly I experienced this recently with the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.
On this blog, you can find paper addresses in Vienna, Tokyo or Bristol. Quite funnily, I never took the time to share my paper addresses in Paris, where I’ve been living for ten years now (my! Time flies!). It’s time to make things right. This is in no way a “best-of” list. It’s simply the […]
I visited Bristol a few month ago, and I LOVED it (and the good weather must have help a bit). It’s lively, it’s modern, it’s green: it’s enchanting. I have a thing for harbour cities, Victorian docks and wharves, and Bristol add it all. The old streets, small independent shops and quiet mansions from the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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! […]
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.
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.
Monday inspiration is back with some greenery today. Readings, notebooks, and city discoveries are on the menu!
I’ve been searching for a paperback edition of Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville for a while, when recently I found it on the shelves of Hatchard’s, in London. Published by Melville House – as if it was meant to be! To my surprise, I had never heard of Melville House before (and I’ve haunting […]
It’s not very often that a new publishing house arises to offer modern and carefully crafted clothbound books. There are the clothbound Penguin Classics of course, but I’m talking about independent publishing here. Given the state of the book industry, who would be brave (crazy / passionate) enough to launch such a business? Well, White’s […]
I’ve just read about Dijon (and its mustard) in Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer – which I strongly recommend if you like kind of crazy semi-autobiographical novels. So I thought I’d share a bit of mustard inspiration with you today: Chips poster by illustrator Barbara Dziadosz from Frankie Magazine Coaster from Nya Carnegiebryggeriet brewery, Stockholm […]
DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Oscar-nominated movie Revolutionary Road, does it ring a bell? It all comes from a fascinating book by Richard Yates. I can’t say which one I experienced first (the book, probably), but I remember very well seeing the book in one of London’s Waterstones bookstore. Once again, I had no choice […]
Maps can be fascinating. It’s about knowing where you are, or where you want to get lost. It’s picturing a place, giving it its own spirit on the paper (or online, let’s be modern). It’s a gateway to another world, where your imagination is free to travel to unknown or far-away locations. It’s also the […]
If you happen to be fond of both beer, and books, here’s a book from publisher Gestalten about which you could be pretty enthusiastic about. Carefully edited by Sylvia Kopp, one of the best beer sommelier (did you know such a cool job existed?), Barley & Hops: The Craft Beer Book is a journey […]