I find these pages from Paul Klee’s notebooks, circa 1922, to be positively mind blowing. Color formulas, beautiful penmanship and somehow beautiful and artistic at the same time.
Paul Klee, Beiträge zur bildnerischen Formlehre, 1922. Bauhaus Weimar.
(via The Near-Sighted Monkey)
While not everyone might be as inclined as I am to have a pile of old typewriters at hand, the image of a typewriter inspires the writer, poet and correspondent in all of us. Today I discovered several “typewriter as art” pieces to inspire and compliment the paper aficionados desk.
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Poetry Typewriter framed art ($46) by Kata (via Society6)
Typewriter Greeting Card ($4) by Michele Maule (via Etsy)
Who can make even the daintiest manual typewriter look like a weapon of mass destruction? Nick Cave, that’s who.
(via Austin K Leon)
This is a fascinating collection of vintage office supplies from the official Stationery Office of the King or Queen of England. The office was in existence for over 200 years providing office supplies to civil servants. Each item is marked with the letters “S.O.” and a crown. Lito has collected and beautifully photographed dozens of products from the S.O. Check out her Flickr Album to see and read more about the items.
(via Lito Apostolakou of Palimpest and Inklinks)
After a week in the sun, I am having a hard transition back to my beige cubicle and windowless view. So I was hunting for some accessories to brighten up my workspace. Here’s what I found:
A bright chair cushion or an accent wall in a bright color would go a long way to spicing up my work area.
Fancy, fun hanging pieces like the paper and fabric chandeliers here would enliven a dreary corner. Colorful framed art would also help.
A colorful light fixture, rug and guest chair would definitely add a little punch.
Framed art, large signage letters and a bookcase would be a great addition to a workspace if I had the space.
Colorful storage boxes are a quick way to clean up clutter and unify the space. Now, if they’d just open the Ikea in Kansas City, I’d jump all over this.
Find more inspiration at Rue Magazine art director Maia MacDonald Smith‘s Office Space Pinterest board. Or visit the Well-Appointed Desk Pinterest board.
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Who wouldn’t feel more creative working in this treehouse in the woods? This is (or was) Neil Gaiman’s writing shed. It was featured in a book called Shedworking. I think its fabulous.
A necklace pencil sharpener in a lovely red enamel heart? What’s not to love? It’s on sale. $14.99
Genine Zlatkis is a prolific illustrator with a great style and her studio is amazing. She posted these pictures of all her supplies, organized so neatly, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.
I recognize a cup full of Sakura Pigma Microns, Pink Pearl and assorted erasers, and the recognizable ferrule of a Dixon Tocnderoga pencil.
Genine also created some rubber stamps recently that would be perfect for decorating letters and envelopes and sold here.
(via Genine Zlatkis)
The last couple days have left my Instagram feed in awash in photos from the Stationery Show in New York. This annual event is THE place where all our favorite stationery and card companies unveil their latest goods and buyers from shops, big and small, place orders for the coming year.
I thought I’d share a few photos but if you want to see the over 6000 images on Instagram, just search for #NSS2014. Click on images to see the original photo or post.
My mailbox has been overflowing with green bounty. A handmade leather envelope for storing pens and pencils from my Australian pen pal (she made it herself!), an assortment of awesome green pencils from Johnny at Pencil Revolution and, of course, the beautiful but hotly-debated Field Notes Shelterwood. Reviews will be coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the spring greens!
I’m loving reclaimed wood or deep stained wood desks lately. Whether the look is rustic, mid-century or ladylike, I love them all. Maybe its a desire to have a work surface that’s not made of MDF or faux wood veneer.
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(via An Open Sketchbook)
(via My Old Country House)
(via Funky Junk Interiors)
(via Corey Russell on Etsy)
(via Urban Wood Goods on Etsy)
(via Brunch At Saks)
(via Fashion Clue)
(via Jen Serafini)
Is your desk wood, metal or some other material? Are you thinking about upgrading?
The Desk is spending this week cavorting with nature, staring at the crab apple blossoms and skipping through fields of clover (… as soon as the snow stops. Stupid weather!).
Hope you are enjoying a little spring break and communing with nature yourself.
I’ll be back next Monday with lots of reviews, products and stories. Happy Easter!
(image via Bytes Daily)
Looking to get a customized desk, try Ikea and mix-and-match a tabletop and cabinetry to create an inexpensive work area. House of Hawkes made a lovely workspace with a butcher block-style top and white cabinetry. It’s making me kind of excited about the Ikea store opening in Kansas City this fall.
(via House of Hawkes)
If your goal today is to avoid being pinched, make sure you carry a green pen or pencil. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
After my post last week about “pencil tourism,” I thought I’d share a few pencils I’ve collected over the years from various shops, tourist destinations, museums and hotels. The hotels in China always had pencils by the bedside table rather than lame ballpoint pens so I, of course, liberated those. I have a couple vintage pencils from a shop and school in Portland — the school pencil is charmingly chewed on so I wonder if some young student was stressed out during a test. I swiped a pencil from the local Geeks Who Drink quiz night as well.
Once my pencil collecting habits became known, friends and relatives started bringing me pencils from their travels like the Madeline Island pencils and the Gaudi Barcelona pencils. Unlike other tchotchkes that people have brought me over the years, I remember who gave me each pencil and the story behind them. Kind of cool, huh?
Penelope Cruz and Robert De Niro present at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-SHOW)
I’ve been scouring the internet trying to get some information about the typewriters used as a backdrop in last night’s Oscars broadcast during the Best Writing categories. Did you see them? I haven’t been able to find any information about the typewriters, who owns them or where they came from (the Museum The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, maybe?). If anyone finds any information, please leave a note in the comments.
Somehow, in my searching, I found this photo instead:
( New York Public Library )
Nine women pose on a really big typewriter on display at the Underwood Elliott Fisher Exhibit at the New York World’s Fair, 1939-40.
Thank you, internet non sequitur.
I had been piling my stamps into a large drawer and then I will fish around looking for the one I’m looking for. It was not efficient at all. Then I pulled open my Alex drawer unit and realized I was storing notebooks in a flat file. What?!?! I know, craziness. So, I pulled all the notebooks out and put them on a bookshelf and lined up all my woodblock stamps, graphic side up, in the top drawer. All of a sudden, I am using them more often and can find exactly the one I want, when I want it. Even handle stamps stand up when the drawer is closed so those sit along the edges.
Feeling the need for some of your own stamps, visit The Shop. I’ve been restocking!
While I was in SF, I found some refills for Uni-Ball Signo. I couldn’t remember if these would fit in my Render K but I was willing to take a chance. It was blue-black ink in my favorite 0.38 size. At less than $2, it was a gamble I was willing to take.
The package was labelled UM-151 0.38mm. Jet Pens does not seem to stock this particular flavor refill but Maido’s online shop, MyMaido does stock them.
UPDATE: Eagle-eyed reader, Adamfmoore found the proper refill on JetPens. It’s the Uni-ball Signo UMR-1 Refill and it sells for $1.65.
I discovered that the refill was about an 1/8″ too long so I trimmed it down with a trusty X-acto blade. The plastic is quite hard so if you try this yourself, be careful! It would be easy to slice your finger in attempting this. Once trimmed, the Render K screwed closed easily and voila! Deep green pen with blue-black silky ink. JOY!
Written on Rhodia No. 18 Uni-Blank Pad. Render K from Karas Kustoms.
Wow! Miles of travel at unholy hours make for a crabby Chair. I’m shuffling through purchases and photos but in the meantime, I thought you’d like to see who I met while in SF.
This is Elaine from Jet Pens. I had just as much fan glee as you’d expect finally meeting my contact at Jet Pens. I hope she doesn’t mind that I posted this photo here. We chatted endlessly about pens and paper and bored her poor friend to death. She did take our photo together to prove the meeting occurred.
I must get back to editing and sorting and sampling. More tomorrow!
I’m going to be traveling for the next couple days, attending Ex Postal Facto in San Francisco, finding all sorts of pens, office supplies and postal wonder to share with you when I return.
If you live in SF, come by any of the Ex Postal Facto events and say hello. I’d love to meet you!
Po Campo is a bag company out of Chicago specializing in stylish bags for the active urban dweller and bike-centric woman. Their latest creation is the Midway Weekender. It’s designed to comfortably hold a change of clothes and miscellaneous personal items. On the bottom portion is a zipper compartment for shoes or sweaty gym clothes. The straps on the side will accommodate a towel or rolled yoga mat. Can be carried by the handles or by the shoulder strap included.
I think its a great looking bag, good looking but truly functional. The bag starts shipping February 17th. A bit late for my travel needs but I’ll definitely be considering one of these in the future.
The bag measures 16″ wide x 13″ tall x 7.5″ deep. Large enough to tote a laptop as well as all those items needed on a trip or just going back and forth to the office. It’s available in black, brown and a blue-and-white stripe. Vegan materials. $99.
(via Po Campo)
I’ve written and sent out about 10 letters this week for the first week of A Month of Letters/InCoWriMo. What I wasn’t expecting was when I posted my address last week was that anyone would actually write to me. Well, they did! I received 10 letters today so I guess if I send a letter, I really do get a letter!
I am thrilled, flattered and a bit overwhelmed. I just wanted to say thanks for the letters and to let anyone who has written to me know that replies are in progress. Also, pen, paper and letter people really are the best!
Keep on writing!
Little Low Laser Etched Wood Pencil Box $48 (via Etsy)
Each beautifully laser-etched stationery box ($48) from Little Low on Etsy comes filled with a Marvy Le Pen (assorted colors), a wood-barreled calligraphy pen with nib, a Zebra #2 mechanical pencil and a roll of washi tape. The lid slides and inside is two compartments — one for writing tools and one for smaller bits. Be sure to check out their other products too. Hint, hint there are some great Valentine’s ideas in here.
Lots of people put pen (or pencil) to paper yesterday in celebration and support of National Handwriting Day. Did you? If not, that’s okay because in our little corner of the internet, everyday in Handwriting Day!
Keep on writing!