Wordpad, keypad, iPad. What has happened to the notebook? If you find yourself pondering this, know that you belong to an elusive section of humanity.With the advent of digital wizardry, the significance of journals, notebooks, pens, pencils and letter-pressed stationery has gradually lost its value.
When was the last time you opted to write instead of type? Do you remember the touch of a good, solid pen to your newest and most favourite notebook? In this feature, we are going to introduce you to homegrown stationery brands that will most definitely fuel your fetish for the written word.
Nappa Dori, which means ‘thread and leather’, has taken the concept of handcrafted stationery to a whole new level. This Delhi-based brand is the brainchild of Gautam Sinha, a leather aficionado, and fashion design graduate from NIFT. Apart from its drool-worthy collection of trunks and leather bags, the brand also features handcrafted stationery worthy of being collectables. The brand’s A-list clientele include the likes of Naomi Watts, Eva Longoria and Sonam Kapoor.
If you seek stationery items that combine looks and utility, look no further. Give your work desk a fresh makeover with colourful yet simple and fuss-free stationery. Rubberband’s motto, ‘good design is as little design as possible,’ offers an insight into their minimalist approach to design. The brand is a tempting alternative for those looking to get their hands on contemporary office supplies.
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The Papier Project
This Mumbai-based company, founded by friends Ayesha Wadhawan and Sanaa Jhurani, aims to rekindle passion and enthusiasm for the art of writing. From pretty bows to gift sets, the brand offers everything an individual looking for premium and selective stationery could hope for and more. Their hand-drawn illustrations and personalised insignia are a treat for every stationery fanatic that likes to own pretty little things.
The name says it all. Self-proclaimed “geeks with a passion for all things wood,” Woodgeek creates handcrafted stationery and lifestyle products made primarily out of wood, bamboo, and charcoal. Based in Coochbehar in West Bengal, the store highlights the beauty and durability of wooden products. The brand has stolen countless hearts with their customised notebooks, pen drives, phone covers, and sunglasses crafted entirely from wood.
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Looking for stationery that doubles up as wall art? Step into Filter, an innovative and out of the box label situated on an arterial road off Mumbai’s Kalaghoda locality. The label collaborates with graphic artists, designers, illustrators, design students, and fashion experts, in order to create unique and interesting stationery. Add fun and character to your work space with their range of stylish and well-designed office supplies.
We are drawn to nostalgia, from vintage fashion to old-school collectibles. Little wonder then that homegrown stationery products are reclaiming their place on our desktops in this digital age.