Of books, paper, maps & other wonders

Notebook: Elam for L’Atelier de la Sorcière Verte

Elam notebook x L'Atelier de la Sorciere Verte

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…)

From Russia with love – Loft Project Etagi

Postcard from St Petersburg, From Russia with love

 

I recently received this postcard from two friends visiting Saint Petersburg.
I fell in love with both the picture and the way the postcard looks like a polaroid photo. It’s perfect.

Besides the fact that I was thrilled to receive such a nice postcard (ha! the joys of analogue correspondence…), it managed to raise my enthusiasm for Saint Petersburg. I even started to wonder why I’ve never considered visiting Russia before! (more…)

Cloudy with a chance of cute: Noodoll notebook

Although we’re right in the middle of the summer, and no clouds are to be seen in the sky today, I’ll nevertheless introduce this super cute and cloudy notebook:

 

Cute cloud notebook by Noodoll - Wapapum

 

I’m not usually keen on childlike designs when it comes to stationery, but I have to admit, sometimes, you can’t resist some cuteness when it takes you by surprise. I stumbled upon this cute cloud notebook by Noodoll, and well, I went back home with it…
Have you seen this smile? And this look? Doen’t you feel like you’re back in kindergarten, when you had nothing to worry about?? Now, you understand.

 

Everything cute tend to be small,

and here is no exception. This notebook is pocket-size (10.5 x 15 cm) and only 32 plain pages. The price being very small too, there’s no reason you should not fall for it, after all.

In case, you’ve never heard of Noodoll before like me, this young brand grew around a set of adorable characters created by YiYing Wang while studying Arts in Central Saint Martins school in London. Today Noodoll sells toys, accessories, and yes, super cute stationery.

If you too, lately cracked for some Noodoll stationery (or some similarly cute stationery brand), we can talk about it, this is the place to share this experience!

Noodoll – noodoll.com

Art of the Novella series by Melville House Books

Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf, Melville House edition

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 book stores for quite some time…), so I was really excited to discover their catalogue. Famous authors, rarely published stories (or hard to find by itself), a simple and appealing design: everything one could ask from an independent publisher! (more…)

Porto: pieces of stationery right from Portugal

Porto stationery and notebooks

While on a city escape in Porto, Portugal, I’ve been chasing nice bits of stationery. To my delight, I found some interesting articles and local brands. Porto is a lovely city (charming people, nice streets to stroll, lots of history and a great atmosphere), and arts & craft makers are quite active there.

Spoiler: This is about numbered notebooks, talented illustrators and mouth-watering sardines. Yes, sardines. You find it everywhere in Porto! (more…)

4 reasons you should switch back to analogue photography

Lomography La Sardina Möbius edition and analogue photographs, back details

… assuming you’re old enough to remember what it was to handle a film!

If you can’t exactly grasp the difference between analogue and digital, here is a link to an interesting explanation.

So, how long has it been since you’ve held an anologue camera in your hands? Way too long probably! Let’s step back a little from the digital frenzy, and enjoy the quiet benefits of analogue photography. Here are 4 reasons why you should switch back to analogue: (more…)

On White’s Books and the love of fine editions

White's Books at Maison Nordik

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 Books did try it, and for this we must congratulate them, for they left us with some amazing books. (more…)