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For some, it’s shoes, others handbags. For us, nothing speaks to our style weakness like the perfect desktop accessory. So when Suann Song, a graphic designer + resident expert in all things paper, recently introduced a Kickstarter Campaign to launch a collection of notebooks under her new venture Appointed Co., we snapped to attention + practically hugged our laptops. The vision behind Appointed Co. speaks for itself, “A beautiful work environment fosters creativity, productivity and overall well-being.” From our vantage point, it sounds like the best capsule of Vitamin C a designer could wish for – inspiration, aesthetics + functionality all rolled into one. A daily dose you say, doctor? Yes, please.

Suann, whose creative firm Simplesong Design has been inspiring us for years, hit the organizational nail on the head in developing not only the perfect notebook, but a full service line of office panache. Think we’re alone in our admiration of ruled lines + spiral-bound beauty? Think again, this kickstarter campaign reached its goal in one week folks, proving that, in the words of Song, “A notebook represents untapped potential and endless possibility“.

Chock full of delectable details, each notebook includes brass coils, rounded corners, bookcloth covers, and oh, did we mention foil-stamped insignias? Hold the presses (well, actually, let ’em roll), Suann offers the potential for a #pinchofglam on every one; now that’s a designer truly after our gilded heart. The soon-to-début collection, all made in America and inclusive of workbooks, To-Do pads, rulers, + more, is essentially the dream team of desktop décor, and like kids in a candy store, we can barely contain our excitement. Fancy yourself a piece or two? Stay tuned, the Appointed Co. web shoppe will be opening its doors in July, 2015, just in time for back-to-school (or shall we say, back-to-cool) office indulgence.

Images courtesy of Appointed Co.

EggPress

A letterpress enthusiast and self-proclaimed notewriter extraordinaire, it’s no secret we have a longstanding love affair with all things Egg Press, our go-to source for sending cheer in style. Forever smitten with Egg Press’ whimsical patterns and cheeky greetings (not to mention those signature diecuts, which get us every time), we’re head-over-heels with their most recent product launch, the Social Preparedness Kit, (SPK for those of you fancy paper peeps looking to be ‘in the know’). The collection, made exclusively in Oregon using age-old letterpress techniques and hand-printed textiles, couldn’t more perfectly marry two of our favorite things. Statement worthy social notes, pint-size pouches, and notable note pads, i.e. the cornerstones of correspondence guaranteed to make you step up your snail-mail game.

April marks National Letter-Writing Month, and as would only seem fitting, Egg Press created the Write_On Campaign in 2014 to promote joy + creativity through hand-written correspondence. The mission, write 30 letters in 30 days. Join us in the upcoming month, and remember those you hold near + dear; deliver greetings of love and laughter the good ‘ole fashioned way.

As the countdown clock to April ticks near, we’re digging deep in our drawers and stockpiling our stamps.  And while we’re sure to devour our new SPK, those gilded clams dancing cheek-to-cheek? Perfect for that special someone who floats your boat. Subsequently, our most beloved Egg Press greeting of all? Naturally this one, because surely Tess et team had a direct line to our inner psyche. Thank you Egg Press, we think you’re pretty special too. xx

Images courtesy of Egg Press.

Our love affair with all things paper started as a wee petite, and given its unwavering fortitude well into adulthood, one might go so far as to say it’s in our blood. Our grandfather worked for one of countless paper mills that hugged the waterways of western Mass., which in its heyday, was coined the ‘paper capital of the world’. Fast forward two generations and our own playroom shelves were stocked with misprinted steno pads, overruns of colored sheets and reams of paper to our heart’s content. The budding creative had found her treasure.

When the time arose for more serious contemplation on the subject of school supplies, the quest for the perfect sheet of loose leaf equated to an educational Mt. Everest. While some will question the mindfulness of such, others will fall in flashback step as we reminisce, (yes, we know you’re out there). College-ruled, naturally, as wide-ruled was for those who had not yet tamed their flailing penmanship. Lines a soft shade of turquoise, printed crisp and light, 1 pt max should we dare to get technical. The left hand guide, a muted red dancing between Nantucket and Salmon on the Pantone spectrum. All in all, the perfect real estate for young prose and the proverbial checklist. Sadly, Mead, an old-school staple stocked in abundance come late-July, failed to deliver with blotchy printing and mis-matched hues. Instead, we headed to the illustrious bookstore of our hometown prep school, where the education was not only top-notch and befitting of future presidents, politicians and the nation’s elite, but the office assortment was crême-de-la-crême in paper perfection.

Enter Allison Freeman, an MFA Yale-graduate and creative catalyst capable of bringing any paper hound straight to her knees with this unique collection. The artists’ “Document” series, exhibited in 2010 at the Angell Gallery in Toronto, takes oil to canvas in her rendition of bureaucratic form through the simplistic lifecycle of receipts, to-do lists and bill of sales. Unfortunately, Ms. Freeman’s personal site appears to be no more, and with a minute crumb trail left to gather the details, we’re craving a taste of more. Disappointment aside, we’re madly in love with these unique pieces, almost in scale to the papers they reference, yet wildy large in personality.

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Images Courtesy of Angell Gallery and The Jealous Curator.

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A textile designer with a life-long penchant for all things paper, there are few materials we love more. Imagine them used in combination and the possibilities soar. Cue Karen Barbé and her paper studies – one part textile structure, one part ingenious work of art.

Barbé, a designer based in Chile, specializing in woven and embroidered textiles, creates a world of pattern and color in her work. To a trained textile eye, these simple paper studies capture the foundation of woven color effect, patterns created by the interlacing of ‘yarns’ in a sequence predetermined by the weaver. To admirers from afar, intricate layers of material transparency. Add a palette cool and crisp as the coastal surf, and each is as graphically different as one beach from the next.

Images courtesy of Karen Barbe.

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