Archive for October, 2013

New Blog for Paper Lovers: The Paper Chronicles
October 18th, 2013


One of the pleasures of attending the gift and stationery shows is the chance to have a good ole gossip with Sarah Schwartz, editor of the industry bible, Stationery Trends. Not only does she have a great eye for what’s new and interesting, and also what might be played out, her journalism background in New York armed her with the kind of wit that makes every conversation that much more fun.

So when Sarah told me of her plans to launch her own blog to provide a daily dose of that kind of enthusiasm and trend insight, I jumped at the chance to design her a logo (which you see above).

We both liked the idea that TPC could be a coat of arms, ready to do battle for the romance of print in this technological world.

I suggest anyone who loves the art of stationery should follow The Paper Chronicles — and not only for (ahem) fascinating industry profiles, like the one you see below. Click here to read the full post.


London Trend Alert: Foxes
October 13th, 2013


I’ve recently had the good fortune to visit London for a few research trips, and one visual motif has silently padded into each exhibition hall, or retail space I’ve visited. Nearly ten years since England banned foxhunting, the wily red fox has turned the tables and taken over London design. (Above, a detail from the Hackett store on Regent’s Street.)


September’s Topdrawer London, the pre-eminent gift show in the city, included a veritable forest of squirrels and hedgehogs, as on these pillows, but the fox was always the star.


At 100% Design, the UK’s largest design trade event, a dominant color trend was pairing neutral organic colors against vivid brights — for example, this scarlet side table anchored by walnut legs (above). And naturally, a red fox, adorning this logo, was right at home. (Treat your eyes and check out Young & Norgate’s gorgeous collection of handmade furniture here.)


A month later I was at the Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair in Battersea. A treasure trove of unusual statement pieces it is a must-attend for London decorators. This mounted fox (above) was one of several I saw that day (though admittedly he looks none too happy about it).

Fortunately, it seems like the fox has cross-atlantic appeal, because one of our bestselling birthday cards at the moment just so happens to feature … a fox (see below).