While I’m still rambling on about Milan, I think it’s time to introduce to you my favourite discovery of design week – Write Sketch & – a vibrant and playful stationery brand that I’m pretty sure actually cried out to me from the street, I just knew there was a treasure to be found.
Established by Angela Tomasoni and Matteo Carrubba, Write Sketch & is made in Italy and fuelled by a passion for pattern and a love for printed graphics. The design duo originally founded Officemilano, an agency specialising in art direction and branding, over ten years ago. After so many years of immersing themselves in the fashion and design industry, a natural progression allowed them to launch their own design brand, resulting in the birth of their Super Collection in 2014.
I think anyone reading this is probably a stationery fanatic, right? Hands up if you have a draw filled with blank notebooks (ahem). I’ve had to become a bit of a stationery snob due in the past few years. Not even I have enough to-do lists to write to fill the empty pages that adorn my desk drawers and these days I have to find something very special to convince me that one of these little objects is needed in my life.
The Super Collection ticks all of the boxes for me. Geometric, bright and full of pattern, there are four notebooks in total but all come with a double design so really you have eight options to choose from. This also means that the notebook doesn’t have to be used a specific way round – my perfect solution to when you actually like the back more than the front!
Quality is at the heart of the brand. The notebooks are made from fellow Italian brand, Fedrigoni™paper which has been bound using thread stitching, allowing each page to open 180 degrees. Using Pantone™ inks, each page contains a border filled with the sprinkles pattern and to top it all off the lovely logo has been embellished on both sides in gold leaf.
The thought behind each design really makes them stand out from the crowd and granted, these are now a permanent fixture in my flat lays, along with the gift wrap that came along with them. The notebook pictured is now always by my side, so much so, that you may also want to keep an eye out on the FEATHR blog. Absolute motif perfection.