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.
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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
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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: Lettersets.com (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?
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On my regular jaunts back to Tokyo, I like to catch up with my well-groomed, fashionable friends for coffee in Aoyama before popping into Yohji Yamamoto for the latest shapeless black jersey thing and visiting my pal Tsumori Chisato for afternoon tea.
Actually, on my all-too-infrequent trips to Tokyo I seem to spend most of my time scavenging free postcards (not in Aoyama – ain’t nothin’ free there). After my recent bitch n’ moan about the state of free postcards in Australia, I have to say that the quality is much higher in Tokyo. Could it be the fact the metropolis alone boasts the same population as the whole of Australia? Maybe we Antipodeans are yet to reach the critical mass required to produce a high standard of free postcard. My research continues.
Above and below are some free postcards I picked up in Tokyo this year in January, when I spent an inordinate amount of money buying hot canned drinks from vending machines to put in my pockets as a sort of makeshift daytime hot water bottle. Strolling the picturesque streets of Japan in very chilly weather doth not a warm tourist make.
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