Thursday, October 29, 2009

80's is "RAD" again with MMMG

The 80s are back in far to many ways to name here. This may be a good thing if you are under 26 and weren't on the dance floor bopping away to Billy Idol circa 1984 with huge shoulder pads and hair big enough to rival Fran Drescher. Everything that is old is new again to you!
On the other hand you may be over 26 and have some cringe worthy clothing memories but on the whole the 80's brings back a whole feeling of nostalgia and fun! Just like this "RAD" stationery brand MMMG - just launched in Australia by NoteMaker. MMMG stands for Millimeter/Milligram - very creative indeed! Direct from Korea this is sure to be a new favored stationery brand by many - it is one our new favourites here at Field Notes Blog! Just like the 80's MMMG's stationery collection is loud, fun and often over the top - but in a good way!
We love their design aesthetic. Dedicated to creating unique designs the in-house design team comprises over 20 creative staff ready to look back to the 80's for inspiration while still creating a modern and current range of fashion stationery.
With a great range of quirky cards - who would we give the Vampire Spaceman Card to? Or the You Are Not Ugly Message Card to?
Or perhaps for ourselves a fun little Bear in the Forest Pen or a funny Face Pocket for our iPhones - each with their own unique personality. What ever your choice MMMG is sure to be a great gift and card idea for Christmas this year.Pick up your loud MMMG Kinder notebook, your orange fluro Matryoshka card, grab a Sunny Boy at the tuck shop and hop on your skateboard - the 80s are back kids!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

News from the Field: Moleskine new editions!

Moleskine is unquestionably one of the world's biggest names in notebooks and stationery and has possibly the biggest following of any one brand. And why not? The Moleskine notebook format is so simple, clever and useful and everybody loves a little black book.

Rather than rest on their laurels, however, Moleskine continues to change and stay fresh. Here are a few recent updates we've found scanning the net.

1) Moleskine Limited Edition 2010 Diary: Marti Guixe

We posted this a couple of weeks ago and love the limited edition design. The fact that the design on the patent leather editions is now to change every year makes these all that more special - a good way to track time. The good news is, Australian release is coming up shortly! Nothing confirmed yet, but the guys at NoteMaker have told us that they will be getting them soon enough!

Moleskine Museum Notebook

2) The new Moleskine Passions

Via Moleskinerie, the whole purpose of a notebook, the reason we love to journal has been distilled by Moleskine, articulated in a new Passions range. The New Moleskine Passions is a collection of six different journals to record and recall memories, thoughts and notes about six different passions: Recipes, Wine, Book, Film, Music and Wellness. Can't wait - although as always, we Australians inevitably will have to!

3) Moleskine Detour 2009: Tokyo is underway!

Again via Moleskinerie, the Moleskine detour exhibition is underway in Tokyo - possibly the world capital at the moment for design stationery. Check out this video of the opening night as well as Moleskine's Youtube page for more!

One of Van Gogh's Letters

4) Moleskine Museum Collection & Van Gogh's letters

The Moleskine Museum notebooks are a mainstay, special edition notebook in honour of one of the Moleskine's most famous users, Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh's letters have now been published online in an amazing format. Check it out and partake of some artistry, beauty and history.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Notebook! Zap by Clairefontaine

The leaders in sustainably produced paper, French manufacturer Clairefontaine, aren't just famous for their beautiful, world class paper but also their environmental credentials.

You can read their environmental commitment at NoteMaker, but basically the whole process, from managing the forestry from which the paper is sourced, to dealing with the waste of the process (eg: Clairefontaine's mill produces 80% of it's own power) is dealt with in house.

This ensures not only top quality and control over production, but most importantly, it makes Clairefontaine responsible for their actions and it is only by facing the indirect (often overlooked) costs of production that one can reduce them.

Their environmental flagship is 100% recycled paper, taking 106kgs of refuse and diverting it away from landfill and incineration and into 100kgs of beautiful paper.

Zap Books are chunky, page generous (320 pages per book) recycled books from Clairefontaine and perfect for sketches, notes and jotting. Available in 4 assorted cover colours, Zap Books feature 80gsm recycled plain pages and are in 3 sizes.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Trends in the Field: Upsetting the status quo...

Embossed logo on a Rhodia Webnotebook

Regular readers of Field Notes will know that we've been keeping a close eye on the progression of Rhodia. It's incipient rise to the top of the Australian market is interesting to watch, as one after another gets converted to the Orange & Black.

Image courtesy of An Inkophile's Blog - great reading for fountain pen fans!

The hardest heathens to convert? Moleskine fans. That's why we love anything which compares the two legendary Europeans (such as our 2010 Diary review), a little competitive rivalry can only be good!

Ink on Moleskine paper thanks to An Inkophile's Blog

So I was pleased to come across a great review at An Inkophile's Blog comparing the Moleskine Classic Notebook with the Rhodia Webnotebook. To sum it up - if you use a fountain pen, it's Rhodia hands down. If you like impeccable form, Moleskine takes the cake.

Ink on Rhodia paper thanks to An Inkophile's Blog

Have a read, grab your favourite pen and let us know - which do you choose?

For the record, i have to go with Rhodia on this one...and a Lamy Scribble Ballpoint...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Field Notes Classics: J Herbin Ink

Via Spritual Evolution of the Bean, J Herbin Rouge Caroubier

Thinking about how easy it is to personalise your Rhodia pad, or how many people love to make their Moleskine notebook fully their own over the last couple of days has had me thinking about how important notebooks are. I mean, where would we be without them?

Via Spritual Evolution of the Bean, J Herbin Rouge Caroubier

I know that I fall into a state of near amnesia without my Rhodia Pad...but what's a pad without some ink? I use a Lamy Safari Rollerball everyday - the tip is indestructible and my hands love confirming to those Bauhaus contours - but have a real appreciation for the fountain pen users among us.

Via Spritual Evolution of the Bean, J Herbin Rouge Caroubier

Writing from a bottle of ink just seems I received a letter the other day from a seasoned fountain pen user and the difference was huge - it wasn't just correspondence, it was close to art.

Colour Swatch for Rouge Caroubier...of course it depends on your paper...

And you can get artistic with it which is where this blog is coming from. Reading recently Biffy Beans review of J Herbin Rouge Caroubier (please read her blog, for your own sake!) further emphasised the complexity of pen and ink, the nuance.

Lamy Joy Calligraphy Fountain Pen

And to reach the apotheosis of artistic inky endeavors, you can always try calligraphy. We noticed that Inscriber just got a Lamy Joy Calligraphy pen and can only imagine how good the J Herbin Ink would flow through it! Has anybody used the J Herbin Rouge Caroubier before? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Rhodia Scooter...?

Via Rhodia Drive and the QuoVadis Blog, even though it's obviously not official Rhodia, this has got to be the coolest Vespa around. I wonder if the tyres have a 5x5 tread...?

Trends in the Field: Bloc Art

Gentian's Rhodia pad.

Following on from yesterday's post about Moleskine's myDetour exhibition, all about your Moleskine, your notebook and personalising an icon, Field Notes received a couple of emails just reminding us that there are plenty of other legends one can make their own.

BiffyBeans Rhodia Pad 8 Cover

Specifically, the Rhodia pad. The top stapled format is great for animated flicker art, especially the smaller pad 11 and 12. But even better is the cover itself!
eeShaun's personalised Rhodia cover.

The Moleskine's cover is great - durable, classy, quality. But there's not a whole heap to work with unless you go so your local embosser. The Rhodia Bloc pads, on the other hand, are perfect for making them your own.

Mitch from Flickr's Pad cover.

If you need some inspiration, see below or any of the following great blogs and pages. There's Rhodia Drive, eeShaun's cool design, heaps on Flickr, like Gentian's cover, Granny Kaas, Mitch, and of course there's Biffy Beans too.

Paul Smith's Rhodia pad designs. via OhJoy

In fact, it's so easy, so perfect, Rhodia sanctions the act. As we know, they're letting designer Paul Smith have free reign (I love the photographer above) over their pads and we can't wait for the results! We'd love to see any personlised Rhodia pads out there from the Field so get sharing Rhodia fans!

Monday, October 12, 2009

News from the Field: Moleskine MyDetour Update

Moleskine's wildly successful and innovative creative relay is about to hit what we at Field Notes consider to be the current global trend setter in stationery - Tokyo - as the MyDetour exhibition makes a stop in Japan's capital from October 16-November 4.

MyDetour entries from the San Fransisco leg of the creative relay.

Via Moleskinerie and, 5 of Tokyo's hottest designer book and stationery stores will host drop boxes where creative notebook lovers will deposit their decorated Moleskines.

Moleskine notebooks personalised.

To reward their disciples, Moleskine will invite the winner (ie: the most amazing notebook) to myDetour in 2010 and the 10 best books will be in an online gallery.

Geografia Globe - Japanese stationery is in bloom!

So keep myDetour on your radar as the Tokyo entries are sure to amaze.

Rhodia Metallic on display in Tokyo's Orange & Black Boutique.

Tokyo's stationery scene is huge - Rhodia in every high end fashion shop, Moleskine on every corner and niche producers like Geografia producing some ground breaking stuff.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

News from the Field: Cavallini & Co. Wall Calendars!

Even though it's still two months until 2010 officially begins, we just can't wait any longer to get our Cavallini & Co. Wall Calendar for the Field Notes rooms! The paper is beautiful, the images are unique, they're archival quality and you can decorate a room (or office) as the months go by.

But, it's not all so easy - there are some difficult parts to this Wall Calendar business. Mainly, exactly which wall gets the blessing and exactly which calendar you decide on spending your 2010 with.

Me, i love the Farmer's Market calendar, Pauline really wants (to go to) Paris for 2010 and Beth has always had a thing for Ornithology!

Tough choices aside, there is a consolation for those of us in two or three minds...Easel Calendars!

Check out NoteMaker or your local Cavallini stockist and let us know: Which way will you go for 2010?