Tuesday, September 29, 2009

News from the Field: Limited Edition Artist's Moleskine

More Moleskine news from the field this week as the iconic notebook continues to evolve and change and push new aesthetics, which we are all for. The stationery world is getting bigger and bigger, and Moleskine - one of the biggest players - is doing all it can to keep up with the younger up and comers!

Moleskine has had success with Patent Leather Diaries released as a limited edition series, and continues the limited edition vibe with a new collection in collaboration with artists and designers.

Each year, an artist/designer will be asked to design the cover of a limited edition leather planner and the 2010 edition is designed by Martí Guixé.

Born in Barcelona in 1964, Martí Guixé studied industrial design at Milan Polytechnic. His most well known work is for Spanish shoe retailer Camper.

The cool part about this diary (besides the leather) is the 81 labels designed by Guixe which are inside the inner pocket. The not so cool part (for us Aussies) is that it's not yet available down under.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on Guixe's work and Moleskine design, so drop a comment if this is your kind of diary!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

News From the Field: Seoul Power!

MMMG Stitched Journal

After a bit of a lapse between updates here at Field Notes we are glad to be back with some news direct from Seoul, Korea - a design stationery haven as yet untapped by Australia and indeed most of the west.

MMMG Hardcover Drawing Book

The attitude towards stationery and design all over Korea is a bit different to here in Australia, with ubiquitous love of stylish, functional and unique designer stationery. Like fashion in Europe, appreciation for gorgeous stationery is mainstream.

O-Check Wooden Ruler thanks to NoteMaker

Still conceptualised and produced by small inventive firms, yet adored by the masses: that's our kind of market!

Pansy Daisy Notebook!

Any stationery lover could find suitcases worth of cool stuff to bring back home, where it would be totally unique.

Pansy Daisy Notebook!

The king of Korean stationery, O-Check Design Graphics, is available in Australia but there are seriously cool up and coming brands, like MMMG and Pansy Daisy which are still unavailable to us.

O-Check Colour Pencil Set thanks to NoteMaker

Some of the Field Notes team are off today to New York City so keep an eye out for posts straight from the Big Apple about stationery and design straight out of the epicentre of the West.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Trends in the Field: Amazing Time Lapse Art

Scanning The Design Files recently, we saw this amazing time-lapse video of a marathon 14 hour painting by the Good Wives & Warriors.

The lucky wall was at the front of Ms Wilkinson in East Brunswick which Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell went to work on from 7:30am to 10pm!

The finished product, as you can see, was truly worth the effort.

Check it out above! Wow!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Trends in the Field: Japanese Masking Tape

Wow! Just when you thought you had the coolest Sticky Tape on offer, in comes Japanese Masking Tape!

Rather than try and do this stuff justice with words, we'll just post some pics from the official website!

The site itself is really cool, has great pics and info and tells the story behind the most versatile and heartwarming item any fan of craft or style could ever want. The only downside is that we don't know how to find it locally!! If anyone has any ideas, please let us know!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Local Find: Sedonia

I'm not sure what you got up to this weekend but I found myself in inner city Melbourne at Yarraville and stumbled upon a beautiful little shop called Sedonia - stockists of beautiful stationery, gifts and gorgeous things.

Inge who runs Sedonia has hand chosen some cool and quirky products from O-Check to Cavallini & Co. to Blink and also some lovely hand made cards by Melbourne based designer Clare Whitney.

I especially adored the hard to find Blink Sew-It-Yourself kits - what a cool idea!

And if the products themselves weren't enough, the store itself is truly beautiful - i just loved the unique retro feel.

Cute vintage furniture, a love window display, a retro World Map (not even our friends at NoteMaker have got these yet!) and bits and bobs to make you feel nice and cosy.

It's only a nice stroll from the Yarraville village with nice organic groceries and cafes too so well worth the quick trip West of the city for a really great local find.

If there's an under-appreciated store - stationery, paper or anything - near you drop us a comment so it can get the attention it deserves!