Category Archives: Stationery

Federal Supply Service Notebook

new year resolution - spend less

We all have new year resolutions so I thought I would start off with my first post of the year with a sensible one. This came my way through A Continuous Lean, the daily blog of all things cool and collected. Contributor Michael Williams was interning at the Pentagon when first coming across the DOD’s standard issue journal/notebook that is commonly used by a wide range of personnel, from government officials to soldiers fighting insurgents. I’m a huge fan of Moleskin journals, but as we all know, it can get pricey and I must say that the leather spine does not hold well with wear and tear. With a new outlook and perspective on my spending habits for the upcoming year, I have opted for the beyond reasonably priced federal notebooks that will run you only $3.83 each. Check out Williams post as he shares some great insights and practical use for his new find. As for me, I bought five and had them shipped directly to the office. One will be used for the Palm Springs renovation project, the others for travels, and of course one for those impromptu brainstorm sessions.

Desctop tip: here, more is more. Five or ten of these notebooks make for a stunning and bold design on your desk. The vibrant kelly green is a great accent for your office and who ever said that you can’t have more than one? Buy a few here.


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I Heart MUCU – MUCU Notebooks

Japan's MUCU notebooks

Offered in a small array of notebook choices

I’ve been waiting for a US outlet to carry these great artisan notebooks by Japan’s MUCU. Something about the craft of Japanese paper and stationery is so beautiful when jotting down your mental notes or just casually sketching as if you were back in college. Using untreated materials like newspaper stock, canvas and tarpaulin, the small variety of choices include a wire spiral, blank pocket notes, and a pocket ring flip book. Ranging in price from $12 to $20, you can now order domestically at the Virginia denim purveyor Need Supply Co.

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Write with a feather – Fjader Pen

The Fjader Pen by Coles of London

Also offered in Midnight Blue

Paying homage to the art of writing with a feather, the Fjader (Swedish for feather) is a sleek, stunning writing tool with a beautiful pedestal for displaying its exquisite modern lines. It’s lightweight at only 10 grams and measuring 7.2 inches. This set will look GREAT on any desk…buy yours immediately. Available for $39 at Barnes & Noble.

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Color My World – Duller Color Pencils

Duller + IDEA 36 set color pencils

Here’s another product from the design collaboration by the German art suppliers Duller and Japanese creatives IDEA. The 36 color pencil set is beautifully assembled in this portfolio box. Designers will drool over this meticulous curated collection of color. Just another example of great partnerships for the good of design. Order yours today from A+R for $96.

36 colors for your world.


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Duller, Duller…Duller – Duller Pen

Braun designed Duller pens

Offered in a fountain, rollerball and mechanical pencil, the new Duller pens represent a collaborative effort between the Braun design team and IDEA of Japan. Nothing like Japanese and German technology to stand the test of time, right? It’s like a BMW Toyota hybrid for your writing needs. Created as a full companion package with complementary notebooks and other accessories, you can see the offering at TwentyTwentyOne. The Duller pen is priced at 49£.


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Grid+Lines=Doane Paper

Doane Paper's Daily Arsenal Kit

It’s the basic ideas that turn into great fortune, right? Chad Doane understands this concept well. After noticing that half his colleagues were using grid paper for notes and the rest using traditional lined paper during a meeting, he streamlined the two to create Doane Paper. Practical and stylish, the entire collection is a great tool for organization and the perfect handsome set of stationery for your desk. I thought you would appreciate Doane’s simple and user-friendly site. His offering of the entire collection in one kit is a great way to update your accessories. Throw out that yellow legal pad and adopt the minimal look of this entire collection. The Daily Arsenal Kit comes equipped with three large and small writing pads, three Flap Jotter, three Utility black notebooks, one TL Series notebook, one small and large idea journals, three Sharpie fine point pens, and three zebra no. 2 pencils. All of this for $65.50, plus free shipping directly through Doane Paper’s shop site.

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I Heart J.Crew – Postalco Notebooks

Postalco's A5 notebook

Postalco's A6 notebook in vintage sage.

Haven’t you noticed the recent upswing of J.Crew’s inventory? I was a proud shopper of the company back in high school with my mail order chinos. Once they took the leap and launched a few retail stores here in Southern California, I was completely hooked; So much so my friends could easily identify me in a crowd because of the ultra-prepster clothes I was wearing. Unfortunately, in the late ’90s I became bored with the outfitter, especially after seeing those damn shorts with embroidered pink lobsters. Really? Now with a strong creative team in place, led by Jenna Lyons and Frank Muytjens, I’m absolutely hooked once again. The East Coast influence of fishermen prep is something strong and unique. Oddly enough, it’s a universal look great for the rest of the country, including sun–drenched Los Angeles. One of the many things I love about J.Crew’s new sense of editorial is their ability to partner with other brands like Converse, Levi’s, Tretorn,Timex and more. Surprisingly, you can also find items for your desk, like these handsome and practical notebooks from Tokyo–based Postalco. The A5 and A6 spirals are a great companion to keep in your bag for those impromptu meetings. Offered in two colors – sage green and midnight sky – the notebooks are fashionable due in large part to their simplicity. What I love most about J.Crew’s offering is that you too can continue to shop for your business needs while shopping for clothes.

The A5 notebook is priced at $28.50 and the A6 is $18.50. Both offered directly through J.Crew.

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Write From The Earth – DBA 98 Pen

The DBA 98 Pen is the only 98% biodegradable pen in the world.

If you’re feeling eco-chic and embracing green living, or if you just like great design, check out the new DBA 98 pen that claims to be the only 98% biodegradable pen in the world. Unlike the petroleum plastic writing instruments that we all use on a daily basis, the DBA 98 is made from a new bioplastic made mostly of potatoes and contains a non-toxic ink from water, non-toxic pigments, glycerin (a food-grade sugar alcohol ), and sodium benzoate (a food-grade preservative). All this, plus manufacturing using 100% wind power and recycled packaging and you will be writing with a new purpose.

Buy the three pack directly from DBA for $8 USD.

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Out in the Field – Field Notes products

Field Notes products made in the USA

I’m taking a moment before I have to get ready for dinner to write a few posts for The Desctop. My absence from the blog is due to an overwhelming amount of tasks with my real job (yes, I finally have one) and I’m eager to share some great new finds for your home and/or corporate office.

I’ve been subscribing to more blogs and web sites that promote great products, design and merchandise. One such rare find is A Continuous Lean – a self proclaimed site that is about “American things, good looking things, well designed things and all sorts of other things.” I love it! The man behind the genius is Michael Williams, the savvy PR mind behind the small shop Paul+Williams. He’s a curator of great design and you can now buy his choices directly at his web site A Continuous Lean.

Among the small collection of hand-picked brands, Williams is supporting Field Notes, the flashback inspired stationers of old-fashioned memo books and classic pens and pencils.  The Draplin Design Company of Portland, Oregon and Coudal Partners of Chicago, Illinois bring you a small collection of simple products that complement any desk, modern or traditional. I bought my first memo book while out shopping at J.Crew one day. Funny how the small little accessory fit perfectly with the spring awakening of the store’s new collection of new American classic menswear. As a sidenote, I’ve fallen in love again with J.Crew for both casual and office clothes.

The 18-month calendar, the set of six pens, old school No. 2 pencils, and the three-pack pocket notebooks are all available at ACL. Be sure to check them out. It’s amazing how the little things on a desk will make a great impact. It’s a quick way to add your POV to a rather simple worksurface.

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Play It Like An Accordion – Collator

Russel+Hazel's Collator

Russel+Hazel's Collator

With its clean lines and aluminum construction, Russell+Hazel’s collator is a great modern piece to place on a credenza in your office. Visually interesting, it not only harks mid-century office design with efficiency and practicality, the collator is also playful with random paperwork and color files positioned in the accordion folds. Use this to stay organized without sacrificing style.

Available at Russell+Hazel for $30.

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