All things Stationery…

5 Stationery Brands to Love Right Now

As a passionate stationery enthusiast I love nothing more than scouting trade shows and events for new, up and coming designers and scoping out the fresh product launches from some of my favourite brands. Although technology sometimes takes over our lives, it is clear the love for all things stationery has not subsided as consumers continue to seek fashion-led paper products that we see constantly being blogged or instagrammed.

Here are 5 stationery brands and designers to watch out for…

1.Message Earth

This beautiful collection of greeting cards combines the stunning photo art created by Helena Christensen with an environmentally friendly philosophy. The cards are created with 100% recycled paper, printed using only vegetable ink and packaged in 100% bio-degradable plastic wrapping. A great combination of Danish design, sustainability and heartfelt messages. The unusual but intriguing mix of rusticity with pretty florals is perfect for this coming season!

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2. Studio Sweet and Sour

Studio Sweet and Sour is a Dutch design studio who create wonderful stationery and gifts that are out of the ordinary. Their aim is to make things fun and to put a smile on your face (it definitely worked for me). They have a big love for detail and pay as much attention to the inside as they do the outside including interesting metallic foiling and neon edging. With contemporary colour combinations and exciting surface finishes; this is a product collection your don’t want to miss!

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I love this award winning brand… Men’s society is your one stop shop for stylish and quality gifts designed specifically for men. They source unusual, quirky and classic items that will never date but rather improve with age and use. Many of their products are handmade using only the finest tools; this connects perfectly with our Analogue Workshop Trend for 2017. I will no longer struggle to buy presents for the men in my family!

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4. Ohh Deer

Launched in 2011, this brand aims to bring quirky illustrated products to the mass market. This modern collective is made up of many unique illustrators who create anything from homeware to stationery and everything in-between. I particularly loved the dark floral notebooks designed by Susan Castillo, it fits perfect with our Heathland Trend for this coming winter.

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5. Katie Leamon

Katie Leamon is a luxury card and stationery brand based in London, their family run production studio is based in the English Countryside where they design, create and deliver beautiful, hand finished collections of original paper products. The collection can be found at Selfridges, Anthropologie and Harrods.

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Top 5 Tips for Stationery Product Photography for your social media

  1. Lighting – Get the light right and you’re nearly there, it doesn’t need to be sunny you can set your scene near a window and create softness with a curtain or a sheet.
  2. Set the Scene – To shoot lifestyle, shoot detail, shoot wide – make sure you shoot a mix of ways to capture the scene adding some lifestyle elements that compliement your asethetic.
  3. Details – It’s all in the detail, look at the scene you’ve set – does it work? If not tweak.
  4. Edit – Use free editing software to edit pictures.
  5. Be Consistent – Get yourself a trademark style.

(Tips curtesy of Paperfest London as seen at Top Drawer)


For further stationery inspiration see our 2017 Stationery Trend Report; includes great ideas and inspiration for stationery designers and manufacturers, whilst also being superb stock purchase & merchandising guidance for retailers. Don’t forget to follow our ‘All Things Stationery‘ Pinterest board for the latest trend direction.

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TREND UPDATE: NATIVE

We have released our Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 Pinterest boardNative. This board will give you all the inspiration you need from kitchen & dining to flooring and product design, it also includes gift ideas, christmas direction and stationery design.

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THE TREND

Native is a trend that evolves to be very modern & futuristic but also very natural and it’s this combination that defines its unique look. It is an amalgamation of craft, eco design and technology, with suprising interactions between synthetic and natural materials to create a neo-craft aesthetic. Unexpected colour combinations, minimalistic styling and nomadic design qualities influence it’s overall style.

This trend expresses a lot of optimism about the future…

native - COLOUR-minThe colour influence is a very modern mix of crisp brights with very rich natural pigments such as bamboo, spruce green and burnt sienna. Colour play across this trend is dynamic and bright. Synthetic colours are combined with warm neutral tones which sparks fascinating colour clashes across product.

INTERIOR DESIGN

It is a unique and perfect mix between futuristic tech styling and the rusticity of traditional craft combined with contemporary global folk influences. It offers a new take on the eco sustainability trend.

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KITCHEN & DINING

It is clean and simple in its aesthetic, handcrafted elements come through in the use of natural materials such as wood and bamboo as well as eco-friendly textiles. Geometric, native global patterns often mimic shapes found in natural landscapes.

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STATIONERY INSPIRATION

Stationery mixes pattern influences from around the world. Wolves, bears and owls come into play for pattern and decorative product with illustrative native american spirit guides. Arrow shapes, teepee constructions and contemporary aztecs can be seen in both neutral and synthetic colours.

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CHRISTMAS

Explore a contemporary christmas this year; feathers and dream catchers make great tree decorations and gift wrap ideas, incorporate this with arrows and rustic textile weaves. Clean lines and simple constructions create delicate geometrics for a modern style.

Why not pick out the contemporary brights in the palette and combine the geometric shapes with global folk aztec patterns for a fresh craft aesthetic.

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All images and more can be found on our Native pinterest board.

We will be releasing a new Trend Board every month, follow us now to keep up to date with the latest interior design trends.

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The Best of Decor + Design Exhibition, Melbourne 2016

The team are back in the UK after a fabulous visit to Melbourne, Australia. For those of you who didn’t manage to visit Decor + Design, we have put together a snap shot of what you missed; including the inspiring Scarlet Opus Trend Hub, Victoria’s seminar content and our ‘Best Bits’ at the show.

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This was the first year at Decor + Design that we created a Trend Hub for visitors to explore innovative materials and be inspired by trend information. We had lots of interesting samples from all over the world including moss, fish skin leathers, gemstone tiles and banana leaf veneer (Click here for the full list of samples).

We highlighted 3 macro Trend Stories for 2017 showcasing colour palettes, trend boards and materials for Analogue Workshop, Desert Wanderer and Organic Matter.

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Victoria gave her annual Trend Seminar sharing information for 2017 including up and coming design trends for colour, pattern, texture, shape and materials. You can still download the SO Colour Book which includes 3 trend boards with referenced colour palettes CLICK HERE.

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(Images curtesy of Decor + Design)

Visitors of the show also joined us for daily Trend Tours at the exhibition, we chose 10 exhibitors who showcased exceptional products relating to our trends.

Here are 3 of our favourites…

FELIX FURNITURE

Felix Furniture is an emerging, Melbourne based business that specialises in creating bespoke plywood furniture of fine quality. We love the simplicity and craftsmanship of their product, the ethos of this brand and their unique design style relate specifically to our Analogue Workshop Trend.

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UNIQWA

Uniqwa are suppliers of unique, contemporary designer furniture and accessories to interior designers and retailers. Charl, who founded the company, is originally from Cape Town and he is deeply inspired by the culture he grew up in, but he studied furniture design in Melbourne. Uniqwa are passionate about protecting the environment, they use recycled and plantation woods. Being eco friendly and sustainably responsible are part of their core attributes, which to some extent shapes their ‘over-all style’.

Their beautiful stand was filled with products that represent a laid back, slow and steady lifestyle; which fits in perfectly with our Desert Wanderer Trend.

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YOLANDA ZARINS

Yolanda designs, hand prints and hand dyes beautiful unique textiles in her studio in Southern Tasmania. Yolanda studied textile design in Melbourne and graduated in 2013, her work plays homage to the natural & ancient landscapes found in Tasmania and the idea of a ‘wild land’ making it’s way indoors to become part of the interior environment.

The lush foliage prints relate to our ‘Organic Matter’ Trend… A trend that addresses the increasing desire to re-evaluate our relationship with Nature, we begin to appreciate and explore natural design processes and embrace unstructured design qualities.

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Let us know your thoughts of the Trend Hub by commenting below…

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The Decor + Design show, Melbourne – Trend Hub materials list

A special Hello to everyone who has visited our Trend Hub at Decor + Design 2016. As promised here is a list of the materials on display on the sample table:

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3 Design Trend Stories for 2017 – The SOcolor Booklet

This Color Book gives you 3 of 2017’s key design trend stories: Desert Wanderer, Organic Matter and Analogue Workshop. The book includes a brief explanation of each of the trends, the Scarlet Opus Trend Boards illustrating each trend’s interior style and also the Pantone referenced color palettes for each trend story.

This book will give you guidance for the design and marketing of your product in line with future trends. It is an inspirational document that outlines key themes and important color palettes for interiors moving forward into 2017. Inspiring guidance for everything interiors including retail merchandising, product sourcing, stationery, furniture, decor, tabletop, kitchen design, and much more.

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