After a number of years practising bookbinding, we have developed a series of notebooks, both in our own workshop and in partnership with specialist factories in the UK and Holland. Always driven by one of our founding motivations — to create notebooks that open effortlessly flat.
INSPIRED BY MATERIALS
Our ever-expanding library of paper samples from around the world is our source of inspiration, and the start of every new design. We find out as much as we can about how a certain paper is made, and what kinds of effects we can create by applying processes to it.
Quickview ALL, OTA-BIND SERIES, ALL NOTEBOOKSA5 Ota-bind notebook, 160 pages. First batch of 500 (November 2015). Our signature notebook, which we have developed in response to the request for a ‘perfect notebook for every day.’ Ota-bound using thread-sewing and a small amount of cold glue, to retain flexibility in the spine; the result is as durable as it is elegant. The book simply falls open flat when placed on a surface for writing. Pages in Naturalis Vanilla Smooth, milled on the banks of the River Leven in Scotland, is remarkably smooth on both sides. End papers in Colorplan, made in the Lake District. Cover in Wild Black, which is made from 35% cotton fibres, develops a great patina with use. Thumbcut motif in copper foil, and blind deboss. Each notebook is hand-numbered. If you would like a specific number between 1 and 500, please include a note at checkout. (NB: Numbering is per batch and specific numbers are subject to availability. Higher numbers are more likely to be available). Designed in London. Foiled and debossed in Scotland. Bound in Holland. Read more about the design and making of the MARK ONE.£30.00
Quickview ALL, OTA-BIND SERIES, DIARIES + PLANNERSOur 2017 Diary has now sold out, however the 2018 Diary will be available from Summer 2017. If you would like to reserve a copy now, please send us an email. — Limited edition of 200, November 2016. This year we are very excited to add our first Diary to the Mark+Fold range. Combining the best materials and binding techniques we have come across, we carried out research with diary users to develop a brief, and collaborated with Swiss-German graphic designer Catherine Nippe to design the clean, simple layout. Like our Notebook Mark One, the Diary features Ota-binding for an elegant, effortless lay flat. The Diary is printed using traditional offset lithography, and bound in Holland by the renowned Binderij Hexspoor. We sampled over 100 white papers to select Olin Smooth Cream 120gsm which is milled in Aberdeenshire. It is wonderfully smooth and thick enough to prevent ink showing through. The cover is made from heavy 350gsm stock, milled in the Lake District. The cobalt blue cover is offset with subtle detailing in matt gold foil. The design is inspired by our in-depth discussions with diary users, who told us about how they use their diary day-to-day. We developed a brief based on the principle that your diary should inspire you to make plans and feel organised. We wanted to offer the maximum writing space on each spread, and avoid anything in the layout that would cause an obstruction to your thought process. We were told that, as well as listing appointments, it would be useful to have some list-writing and note-taking space on the page; that some divisions were helpful, but anything too prescriptive could be annoying. We chose the Verlag typeface for its simplicity, elegance and legibility, and the diary is printed in Pantone ink throughout to match the colour of the cover. A5 Diary (December 2016 — January 2018). Printed offset litho Pantone 295U to match the cover stock. Ota-bound in Netherlands by Binderij Hexspoor. 112 pages Olin Smooth Cream 120gsm. Cover 350gsm Colorplan Cobalt, with details in matt gold foil Luxor 429.£40.00
Quickview NEW, ALL, DIARIES + PLANNERS, ALL NOTEBOOKSThe first of our planner pads, designed to inspire organisation and prompt creativity. The clean, simple layout allows you to use the pad flexibly, whilst providing structure and a format that sits well on a desk amongst other things. Designed in collaboration with our subscribers and customers, who tested draft layouts and provided feedback on the design. The three columns are designed to cater for different 'modes' of thinking or planning — blank white space, a fine lined grid, and a list with tick boxes. All printed in a muted grey Pantone ink so that the grid is helpful without getting in your way. A5 landscape pad with tear-off pages, 100 pages 80gsm Olin white, made in Scotland. Designed in London, printed and bound in Bridge of Don, Scotland. Batch 1 (SOLD OUT): 300gsm Gmund Heidi Used Grey, 100% recycled Batch of 50, November 2016 Batch 2: 300gsm Wild Black, 35% Cotton Batch of 200, December 2016£15.00
Quickview ALL, ALL NOTEBOOKSA5 Cloth-bound journal, 60 pages. Limited edition of 250 (February 2016). The second in our series of Limited Edition notebooks, which each showcase special materials and binding techniques. The pages are 'Singer-sewn' (on a sewing machine similar to those used to stitch fabric). There is then a 2-piece hard-back case, which is wrapped in natural book cloth, to create an unusual notebook combining the slimline quality of an exercise book with the elegance of a cloth-bound cover. Book cloth made in Holland. End papers in Flint grey Colorset, which is made in Germany from 100% post industrial waste. Pages in Olin Smooth Cream, milled at the Stoneywood Paper Mill in Aberdeenshire, one of the last surviving mills on the River Don in Scotland. It is very smooth and a pleasure to write on. Each notebook is hand-numbered. If you would like a specific number between 1 and 250, please include a note at checkout. (NB: Numbering is per batch and specific numbers are subject to availability. Higher numbers are more likely to be available). Designed in London. Bound in Cheshire, UK.£24.00