Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Just arrived from Melbourne design studio Shuky, the Par Avion Macbook sleeves are genuine leather, super nice to touch, they have an adorable leather tie closure (which also stops metal zips leaving marks on things), subtle stitching and are a throwback to vintage postage and packaging.
Available and designed specifically for MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air in either 13 inch or 15 inch size and for iPad, they add a nice warm touch to the otherwise 'cold' consumer electronics feel that laptops can have.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I may reveal myself to be slightly nerdy here but i do love a good story so here goes. Just quickly: if you're unfamiliar with the Telegram World Map, it's a majestic 1.75m x 1.25m canvas map of (you guessed it) the world. It's pacific-centred, so that means little old Australia is in the spotlight. And it is the best thing ever.
We have one (actually, two) at NoteMaker adorning our walls and inspiring us to action. I thus see it every day and still I never tire of it. It always has something new to say every time I walk on by.
It really is like the World's Best Storyteller. It is history, politics, environmental studies and stories of all kind and it will never run out.
As an example I was looking at a teeny region in Indonesia called the Banda Strait which is a notorious body of water which holds the Banda Islands. Did you know that back in the days when Indonesia was the Dutch East Indies (history, politics, geography...) these little islands were basically the epicentre of Imperial Europe?
The Dutch and the British had quite the conflict over this tiny group of islands which takes up no more than 1 square centimetre on the map (which is 21875 square centimetres in total) because it was the world's only source of Nutmeg and Mace in the 18th century - the wonder spices. Nutmeg was good for whatever ails you - the plague, dysentry, flatulence, general blues, impotence, just everything! - and was being sold in London for 60 thousand times its purchase price in the Banda Islands.
So, the battle was worth fighting...anyway, to cut an increasingly long story short, a treaty was signed between the English and the Dutch. England had one of the Banda Islands called Run and the Ducth had New York City...and believe it or not, they swapped!
Think of the difference that makes to the world today! The English traded a tiny island for the mighty world-running U S of A. Just think about how the world would be today if that never happened! And all for some spices!
And just think about how awesome something must be if a cursory glance at it can bring about all of the long-winded enthusiasm above. History, politics, geography, environment...stories. If you want to learn more about the Spice trade, check out Nathaniel's Nutmeg. If you want to find out another 21 874 amazing stories (and that must be an understatement!) then click here.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Just landed this very morning! NoteMaker is now very pleased to stock the Limited Edition Field Notes Raven's Wings! It's a sinister set of three graph paper notebooks, with a blind debossed cover, matt charcoal inside and grey grid ruling.
Friday, November 12, 2010
All new from Uniball, the Fanthom is an erasable rollerball pen! The colours are nice and bright, it's light and it's comfy and it's erasable!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Okay, so it's not that urgent but it is adorable! Brand new from O-Check Design Graphics is the Message Stamp Set. 8 Great stamps for any message you'd ever want to send and a lovely little wooden box to keep them in.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Do you have a favourite notebook? Have you found it yet...that elusive one that was meant for you? We now have a handy notebook finder to help you sort through our amazing range. Check it out. Psst...that's mine up there.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
We've had the full range of 2011 Moleskine diaries available for a while now at NoteMaker and the new items are some of our and our customers' favourites. If you don't know, you can always check them out. All new are the smallest ever extra small daily and weekly and biggest ever A4 daily and weekly styles.
The diary range now comprises a comprehensive 32 pieces in total, each of which gets some TLC in the above video by Dutch visual artist Roger Wieland. Via Moleskine's official website. Here's my tip: they're even better in real life!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Japan is known for minutiae. A tiny slither of land, basically sitting above the meeting place of two very large tectonic plates, an island volcano, with only 15% arable land...or something like that. Basically, it is the most ingrained cultural precept that a Japanese is not to waste anything...and so they learned to make things efficiently and small. Applied to stationery, that means cute! Check out the new Mini Cotton Roll Pencil Cases or our whole Japanese Stationery Shop...it's full of cuteness!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A true cult notebook for charlatans, scoundrels and luminaries! The bright, bold and cheeky Archie Grand collection has recently arrived at NoteMaker.
We love the dedicated covers for bosses, bloggers, designers, artists, shopaholics, actors, chefs, lovers, architects, models, pacifists, writers, vegetarians and politicians you’ve met and liked! Or didn't perhaps...
Read on for our inaugural Archie Grand Awards!