Maison et Objet 2017
A few weeks ago, I was invited at Maison et Objet, an international design fair, to visit the stands of the stationery section. So I spent a whole Sunday afternoon in the alleys of the fair, surrounded by piles of notebooks, planners, calendars and cute stationery products.
I’ve been attending the fair when I was studying industrial design, but I never paid attention to the stationery brands stands back then. Now, imagine your favorite stationery shop at the scale of a fair… And you should be pretty close to the reality! Let me tell you that it was like a waking dream! So I met great people, passionate about the paper world in general and about their products, and thought I’ll share my favorites with you.
3 rising french brands
I’m following the progress of this young french brand on Instagram for several months now and I find the minimal style of their products super inspiring.
Earing Fiodor talking about his notebooks is a real experience in itself, and shows how passionate he is about paper and luxury handcrafted products. He told me all the details about the papers he uses (an italian premium paper) and how he tries to craft « haute couture » notebooks for all the paper and handwriting lovers. The design of the notebooks is pretty simple, but they come with (almost) all the grids you may need, from dots to blank.
All the notebooks are handcrafted by Fiodor himself in his parisian studio so it’s a really small production and each of notebook is unique. As the products are minimalistic, all the details count and the care Fiodor put in the making really shows on the final product.
I couldn’t tell you a thing about the paper quality yet, as I didn’t test it… But I was given 2 « one task per day » weekly planners and I already know how I’ll use them from January 2018.
La Petite Papeterie Française
This brand start to be known (at least among the french paper lover community), and it’s very well deserved. Founded in 2012, this stationery brand proves that it’s possible to combine a subtle aesthetic and an eco-friendly design. All their products are manufactured from recycled materials (for instance, the terracotta paper is made from recycled hop).
I’m a huge fan of their product lines and the fine aesthetic of all their products. The colors are warm and full of nuances, their work on the materials is amazing, with a lot of subtle effects, and the size of their notebooks answer most of the needs. All is about the details, the textures, and the lines thickness, but I found that the whole stationery products from La Petite Papeterie Française leave an impression of calm and peace.
It’s really the kind of stationery you leave on the top of your desk and that contribute to the atmosphere of a working space. Just the kind of supply that makes one happy to come to work. I love to surround myself with that kind of beautiful and useful tools, and I really like my working stuff to be a source of inspiration. From my point of view, La Petite Papeterie Française’s products are totally answering this wish!
I’m really sad they don’t have any A5 notebook with a square grid though, but I hope they’ll soon create one ! In the meanwhile, I intend to find their « fleur de coucou » infusion to drink while working on the blog during my early morning hours.
Le Papier fait de la Résistance
Le Papier fait de la Résistance is a French brand of notebboks and planning related tools founded in Lyon. Just like Soumkine and La Petite Papeterie Française, their notebooks are designed and manufactured in France, with a true care for details and finishing touches.
I have to admit that I’m not quite fond of their new floral line : the illustration themselves are gorgeous, but it’s just not me. But I really like the new range of notebooks they just release and that have been designed with Atelier Mouti. The graphics are vibrating and the look is much more closer to my taste.
I especially like their version of the monthly calendar, which turns to reveal the planning spreads. It may not be the most easy calendar to use, but I love the aesthetic of the object and the way it works (brass and kraft paper is always a good idea!). Not to mention that it can be stored in the back pocket of all their notebooks to have it on hand as needed.
Other news of the stationery world
Leuchtturm is getting ready to launch some new products this autumn… The official bullet journal notebook should be available in a new colour, the nordic blue, along with the emerald and black version already in stores.
The brand should also offer some new types of notebooks, with… an orange dot grid. As far as I understood, this shouldn’t add any function to the notebook (not like the White Lines notebooks for instance), but just a sparkle of colour for those who are tired of the grey grid.
Notem Studio’s notebooks and planners
I also came across a new brand from Danemark, Notem Studio, who offers a large range of notebooks and planners. Once again, the aesthetic is gorgeous (and I was given a warm welcome which is a serious advantage). For anyone living in Paris (or travelling there in the following months), the brand is available at Atelier Nota (5 minutes walk from the Sacré Cœur – so no excuses!)
I’m always stunned (and happy) to see that notebooks and planners are far from obsolete and that there’s still a lot of people passionate about paper planning tools. I have to confess that this afternoon was great and I felt a bit less alone in my addiction to stationery!
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