Stationery

Ito Bindery Drawing Pads

How can a drawing pad be beautiful? Just look at the perfectly straight edges, the coal-black (and recycled) cardboard backing, the geometric proportions, and the satin-smooth paper of the Ito Bindery Drawing Pads. And, of course, the lack of any apparent branding. A little too precious for the average note-taker? Perhaps, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a stack of these pads on my desk pronto. Let’s toss out our sticky-backed notes and never look back, shall we?
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Price: $20.00-40.00
Available from: ode to things

MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets

Here’s a different sort of way to make sure your notes stay put: static electricity. MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets function with a stable static charge, which allows you to stick them to any dry surface without any residue. Did you catch the ‘any dry surface’ part of that last sentence? Wood, plastic, metal, leather, glass, paper- these notes will stick to them all. Take a look at Magnetic’s Kickstarter page for more info.
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Price: $9.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Animal Box: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists

I love, love, love this Animal Box full of postcards. Ten different artists have contributed their illustrations of all sorts of animals. Simply flip through the box to find the one that best suits your correspondence and prove to your family and friends that snail mail can be fun. Thanks to the colorful array of characters, there’s a good chance your postcard will be pinned up as art or kept as a keepsake.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Everlane and Paper Chase Press Stationery

Just how will you thank your friend or family member for a thoughtful deed or gift? Maybe you’ll write a handwritten note on this minimal stationery from Paper Chase Press and Everlane, and forever be known as the most polite and elegant person they know (we can all aspire, after all). This limited-edition includes Asterisk, Quotations, and Parentheses.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Everlane

Super Sincere Sentiments by Hoko

Don’t send out a regular card on a specific occasion, send a Super Sincere Sentiments card by Hoko. “Unmask and articulate” the insincerity of mass produced greeting cards by selecting the occasion, recipient, and sentiment, and then finish it off with your signature. Let’s hope the recipient will understand and appreciate the concept instead of thinking that you’re a jerk.

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Price: $15.00 - 20.00
Available from: The Farm Store

Ito Bindery Memo Block

Well, here’s a paper pad that makes me wish I had more notes to take. Each Ito Bindery Memo Block contains 350 tear-off sheets, and, with three modular sizes to choose from, you can combine or stack them as you wish. A recycled paperboard base gives stability and weight.

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Price: $18.00 and up
Available from: Ode to Things

Double Sided B&W Notebooks

Hey, we all need a little encouragement now and then, and what better way to remind yourself that you’re something special than a simple black and white notebook that says so? Pick one of these three Double Sided B&W Notebooks with the encouraging phrases on their covers and you’ll be set right anytime you’re feeling a bit down before a meeting or brainstorming session. These could also be a fun gift for a co-worker, friend, or family member, so maybe get a few- one for yourself and a couple to give away.
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Price: $6.00
Available from: Poketo

Postalco Leather Snap Pad

You may or may not need a leather bound notepad, but, nevertheless, let’s all admire the mosaic detail on Postalco’s Snap Pad. Choose between small and large, with a variety of colors for the squares-within-a-square design.

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Price: $262.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Set Edition’s Chipboard Postcards

A handwritten note is hard to beat, no matter how gifted you are at typing out a heartfelt message. I could go on and on to try and convince you to pick up a pen, but Set Edition’s Chipboard Postcards will most likely do the job for me, as their simple graphics won’t get in the way of your impressive (good or bad) handwriting.
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Price: $4.00 each
Available from: Set Editions

Le Guest Book

Ah, yes, hospitality, remember that? When people were nice and appropriate and proper? No? Me neither. Maybe we can bring back a smidgeon of the old times by backing Le Guest Book, a memory-keeper, if you will, for you and your guests. Keep it out on the coffee table so your favorite people can leave you notes and drawings, or maybe they’ll answer the multiple choice questions if they’re not especially handy with a pen. Think of it as a housewarming gift for a friend’s new place, or just get one (or two, or three) for your own home to encourage guests to tell you that you’re an awesome amateur chef- or just plain wonderful in general.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Collage Sticky Notes Duo

And you thought sticky notes could not be improved. Just take a look at the geometric print on these sets and tell me they’re not terrific. I want all of them, but I will restrain myself and just get one set. Maybe. They’d be handy for notes or reminders that need to stand out amongst all the other papers on our desktops, wouldn’t they?

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Price: $7.00
Available from: Poketo

Airvase Message Card

What’s better than a handwritten card? A handwritten vase. Huh? Well, rather, a handwritten message on an Airvase. Designed by Torafu Architects, each Airvase arrives as a flat, brightly colored paper disk that you shape into a bowl or vase. This gift card version has the option of adding your own note so that the recipient may sculpt your message into a 3D form, perhaps to be enjoyed long after the initial message arrived.
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Price: $9.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

601Street 4×4 Envelope Notebook

Don’t underestimate the effect a handwritten thank you note can have, especially as they’re rare to give and receive nowadays. As someone who still occasionally writes notes to friends and family, folding a paper into an envelope seems like an efficient method of traditional correspondence, and that’s exactly why this envelope notebook caught my eye. 16 sheets in total with four possible envelope folds. There’s also a 6×4 Envelope Notebook, $13.95 (24 sheets with six possible envelope folds).
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Price: $11.95
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Stone Writer’s Block

If you’re forever misplacing your pencil and notepad, then maybe this Writer’s Block by Bower Studios will keep them close at hand. If you’re new to the Bower Studio (Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi) name, be sure to take a look at their work as they’ve got quite a few excellent products; we’ve featured their Shape Boards, Shape Mirrors, and Key Targets in the past few weeks.

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Price: $60.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers

If you prefer pen and/or pencil to stylus, you’ll most likely be fond of the grids, scientific charts, tables, and infographics found within The Grids & Guides Notebook from Princeton Architectural Press. Featuring 144 pages of graph paper, handy things like the periodic table, alternative alphabets, and Newton’s Laws of Motion are scattered throughout for easy reference.
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Price: $16.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press