Of books, paper, maps & other wonders

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…)

Monday Mustard Inspiration

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:

 

Mustard inspiration: Semikolon notebook, Monocle magazine

 

Do you feel like having some mustard now?

 

Say hello to Ola notebooks

Ola Studio notebook detail

Freshly back from London, I’m thrilled to share with you my latest discovery: Ola Studio, an exciting young stationery brand.

Drawing its inspiration from architecture and geometry, Ola’s stationery has a big focus on patterns. With clear, modern design, bright and shiny colours, the collection is declined in carefully crafted notebooks, cards and diaries. They also produce minimal paper sheets you can use for gift-wrapping (or any other purpose you see fit!). (more…)

Moo: business card printing made fun

Moo business cards

Of all things paper, there’s this small piece of paper we often overlook, it’s the business card. Sounds boring, right? Meet Moo: this English company managed to give the business card printing business a funky twist so particular to them. I’ll be straight to the point: I love Moo.

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Widen your musical horizon: Rough Trade Album of the Month

Rough Trade Album of the Month, John Grant

You’re probably heard of these monthly boxes everybody subscribes to (beauty, food, toys, whatever…) – and each month a new box is launched. Well, Rough Trade’s Album of the Month isn’t a box, but this music subscription service has been around for a while now and I’m sure it’ll still be there when all these boxes are long forgotten.

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