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Tessa x

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Pencil Pot Desk

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I found my boyfriend’s old portfolio the other day and came across this picture. It was for a job years ago designing the office of Innocent smoothies and he was coming up with ideas for cool desks. There were other fun designs like a connect 4 desk partition but obviously this was my favourite.

Anyway, just thought it was a great idea that I had to share!

1940s Parsons Desk Calendar

It was my birthday on Friday, and a few of my lovely friends went down the same route with presents and I ended up with several amazing vintage stationery pieces. I wanted to share these items with you, and I’m starting with this Parsons Desk Calendar which Ashley bought me.

Here it is in all it’s glory on my old school desk, accompanied by some of my birthday cards (stationery and cats… That’s a given)

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And here’s a close up, you turn the wheels on either side to change the date, like so:

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I’m told it’s 1940s. I done a bit of searching and I can’t find anything out about Parsons… Not sure if it was a stationery company, or a different kind of company that gave these out as promotional gifts. Does anyone by any chance know anything about them??

Either way, I think it’s completely gorgeous and it’ll definitely have it’s place on my future dream desk 🙂

Thanks Ash! x

Amalgamated by Tuomas Markunpoika

I saw this on dezeen the other day and I just had to share it.


Tuomas Markunpoika has made vases by gluing pencils together into blocks and then turning the blocks on a lathe to create the vase shape.

This video explains it slightly better than I do though:

Pretty amazing eh?

I particularly like it when you can really see the pencil detail.


And it’s a collaboration with good ol’ Faber Castell.

As it says on Tuomas’s website:
““Amalgamated” is a collection which explores the relationship of a mass produced ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. The beauty of the pencil as an object seems to go unnoticed if utilised only for their primary purpose. “Amalgamated” is a visual and tactile investigation by using pencils as a raw material. This holistic principle has been the fundament for creating this set of vases; let the pencils become a thing themselves.”

So there you go.

All video/Images courtesy of markunpoika.com

Williamsburg Flea Market

Last NYC post for a while I promise!! But before I shut up about my trip, I just wanted to share my  visit to the Williamsburg Flea Market.

On our last day we got the subway over to Brooklyn, specifically Williamsburg, and wandered around the shops, before having brunch cocktails at The Bedford, and tipsily heading to the flea market for a rummage.

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It wasn’t  as big as I was expecting it would be but there was still plenty to see. In fact, I think if there was any more it would have been a bit overwhelming.
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There was so much great stuff to look through, in fact it was quite good knowing I was just looking for stationery or I wouldn’t have known where to start! I also ate  GREAT doughnut, but that’s by the by (seriously though, it was amazing).

I only spent $15 but I found some really interesting things. I was going to put them all in this post, but I think each one has a bit of a story and shoving them all in here wouldn’t do them justice, so over a few days next week, I’ll share them with you…

Flea Market Finds #1: Antique Advertising Dip Pens
Flea Market Finds #2: NFL Pencils by Faber Castell
Flea Market Finds #3: Wooden & Brass Extendable Rule

 

London Stationery Show 2014

On Tuesday afternoon I went to visit the London Stationery Show at the Business Design Centre:
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It was really an event for buyers, rather than little ol’ bloggers like me so it was mainly sales talk and people with suits on. But I just had a bit of wander round looking at the various stands. The most useful part for me was the new products stands that were the centrepiece of entrance hall. I spent a lot of time there looking at new things and making lots of notes (moleskine notebook, muji pen, thanks for asking) about things to blog later 🙂

Lovely bright colours at the Leuchtturm1917 stand

Lovely bright colours at the Leuchtturm1917 stand

A wedding dress made from paper

A wedding dress made from paper (sorry for rubbish pic)

And most exciting of all...! My own lanyard making me look all official and that.

And most exciting of all…! My own lanyard making me look all official and that.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting about all the new products/brands I discovered so look out for that!