Category Archives: Papeterie

Papier Labo


Papier Labo – perhaps the world’s coolest paper and stationery shop. You’ll drool, you’ll weep, you’ll wish you didn’t have a stationery fetish. Unless of course, you don’t have a stationery fetish, in which case Papier Labo may not be for you. Given that it is also in Shibuya, Tokyo, you’ll only have to worry about said stationery fetish if you’re in Japan. (Kate and Reuben, look out…) They sell all those things that you don’t need but want, like tiny useless notepads, cool pens, strange-shaped envelopes, letter openers and buckets more.





The photo above is approximately what the store looks like, but the shot above was actually of the Papier Labo temporary ‘kiosk’ at the Spiral Market in Aoyama – another place best avoided by stationery fetishists.

:: Arwen ::


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The art of writing letters


A few posts ago I mentioned how much I like receiving letters from our friend Manabu, who has the ability to write in straight lines without even trying. I went digging through my letters box to try and find some of his recent correspondence, and came up with these two. Aside from the sloppy photoshopping of my address (you hardly expected me to leave it visible, did you?), these are lovely examples of Manabu’s missives from Japan. Nothing beats getting a letter in the mail – and given my truckloads of lettersets, it seems I have no excuse but to get writing.


:: Arwen ::

A special thanks to Manabu for letting me display his letters!


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Lettersets #3

Yet more lettersets from my so-called collection. I never set out to collect – I always intended to use the damn things, but thanks to email, I rarely write letters anymore. I know, it’s a shame. One friend of ours still writes letters to pretty much every member of this blog; we are all adept at recognising those airmail envelopes inscribed with M’s meticulously neat handwriting. They’re so lovely they’re almost worth posting here…

A whole bunch of lovely paper/stationery/craft goods, including lettersets, can be found at The Small Object as well.

:: Arwen ::


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Lettersets #2

Yet more lettersets, following on from my previous post. Both these were acquired in Japan but I suspect they’re European – the ducks above have some sort of Scandi language on them, and the set below reads ‘Robert le Héros’, which I’ve since googled and discovered is an average French homewares brand.

Here are some lovely stationery sets that I found on Etsy, as well:

Maggie Stahler’s stationery card sets

Jetset Paper’s JFK letterset

Scatterbox Originals lettersets

and my favourite of the moment –

Nut and Bee lettersets, from Auckland

:: Arwen ::

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Lettersets #1

Did I ever mention that I’m obsessed with lettersets? Well, it’s out now – I can’t get enough of them. I rarely use them, preferring instead to clog my limited cupboard space with dozens of beautiful collections of paper and envelopes. I think what appeals to me particularly is the ‘set’ thing – you get just the right amount of paper to match the envelopes (generally two sheets per envelope, so don’t dare be too verbose) and little stickers to seal each envelope. There are so many pretty ones out there, and it’s better than collecting World of Warcraft, right? Here are two from my collection to start. Both are from Japan – land of lettersets.

Of course, if you too have a strange obsession with paper, but like me, do not live in Japan, there are lots of places to further your passion online. You could start with the obvious: (a bit too cutesy for me), Aiko (also cutesy, but some nice ones), Lotta Jansdotter (lovely, but based in the US, so shipping’s not cheap) or Kate’s Paperie in NY (never been there but heard good things). There is a veritable truckload of stationery sites in Japanese, which is really not very useful for those of us who don’t have high-level kanji, but M Design and High Tide are fun to look at, anyway. Then there’s Present and Correct, which is triple-awesome-rated fun. And for those in Melbourne, I did spot some cool, simple Korean lettersets at the NGV shop a couple of weeks ago – they’re made by O-Check. How’s that for a start?

:: Arwen ::


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Wish list shame


I know, I know. Continuing to post about cool things to buy for Christmas plays right into the hands of all those who say the true meaning of Christmas has been lost beneath a flabby layer of consumerist crap, creating false needs and buying frenzies. And they’d probably be right. Oh, and course I don’t need anything for Christmas, anyway – just my health, sanity, friends, family… and a set of six issues of Lines and Shapes with free shipping. Free shipping! For Antipodeans that’s not something to be sneered at.

I am, however, feeling a bit overwhelmed with the general Christmas consumer vibe, what with all these weird ‘pre-Christmas sales’ going on. Is it just me or is every second shop having a sale? Those big ‘40% OFF!’ posters have already hit the windows far in advance of the usual Boxing Day madness. Can this all be attributed to the Credit Crunch? (Fast becoming a convenient excuse for many things… ‘The weather’s shit, isn’t it?’ – ‘Yeah, it’s the Credit Crunch’.)


(They wrap the set in paper for you! I’m such a sucker for those meaningless extras.)

:: Arwen ::

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Harvest Mach II

The second issue of Harvest magazine was successfully launched on Friday last week at the Order of Melbourne and is now out in selected shops, awaiting your perusal. It’s run by three enterprising locals with support from various councils and lots of love from volunteers. (If this was a hip-hop song I’d give props to Davina, Julia and Rachael, and shout outs to my ladeez Katrina and Amy.)

As the first issue did, Harvest presents ‘fresh Australian writing’, and is a mix of fiction, non-fic, illustrations and poems – much like the new-look Meanjin, but easier on the eyes: there’s no clever-clever (and bamboozlingly varied) typography. The standard is generally good and the illustrations are diverse and beautiful, especially the cover (above) by Luci Everett. Below are some of the spreads that were particularly purty.

Try places like the Brunswick Street bookstore or Readings to pick up a copy.

:: Arwen ::

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