Archive for January, 2012

This week: Our Valentines Party!
January 29th, 2012

We’re the first to admit we’ve always wanted to have our own Oscar de la Renta moment, so when lovely Liz Quinn of Stationer on Sunrise (Palm Beach) invited us to present a trunk show of our cards, we leaped at the chance.

Many months in the planning, and now suddenly the date is here. Please join us this Wednesday the 1st of February, from 4-7pm, at Stationer on Sunrise in Palm Beach as we present our new Valentines cards.

There will be cupcakes and champagne, and a special little paper present for our first 40 guests. We are also donating 10% of the evening’s proceeds to the marvelous youth programs at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.

It’s also a great excuse to visit Stationer on Sunrise (above), if you haven’t yet had the chance; it sits just north of the new Publix here on the island. Liz always stocks her shop full of wonderful little gift items as well as a fantastic range of stationery and paper goods.

Here is a sneak peek of our Valentine’s cards (above), but we’ll also have plenty of birthday cards and look out for our brand new range of ‘Colorful Quotes’ cards. We hope to see you this Wednesday!

All that Glitters at the Dallas Gift Show
January 24th, 2012

If it is your first time at one of these gigantic gift shows (the above hall is just one of several) like the Dallas Market Center — as it was for us this weekend — you might find yourself with more questions than answers. Such as:

Where do all these shiny plastic handbags actually come from?

Is there a remaining surface that does not carry the cheerfully stoic British WWII slogan ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’?

Might the population of small decorative birds now outnumber those found in the wild?

Ok, yes, we’re being a little naughty. Because underneath all the crazy color combos and bedazzlement, there is a fascinating range of products to be found, and it’s truly impressive to see first-hand the gears of American consumerism grinding away, despite the economic insecurities.

But there is one serious question we want to answer immediately: why were we there? We are delighted to announce that — drumroll — J. Falkner Cards have been signed by a very prestigious sales rep group, Daniel*Richards. Starting with this show in Dallas (and also one in Chicago), we will now be represented by their sterling group of sales people in approximately a dozen states, from the Midwest through to Texas.

It was a thrill to see our cards (above), beaming under the bright lights in Daniel*Richards chic, airy showroom. And we were privileged to meet a wonderful group of reps that will be out on the road, shopping our wares.

Daniel*Richards have a great roster of paper lines, from Lifeguard Press (home to the Jonathan Adler and Lily Pulitzer lines), to retail favorites like smock paper and Bella Ink. And now … J. Falkner!

Some snapshots from the show: A beachy color palette from Two’s Company (above) appealed to us. It made us wonder if maybe a white sailfish could be just the thing for our office, too.

If it’s Christmas in January, it must be a gift show. But somehow all this Christmas cheer — and imagine hallways full of displays like this (above) — makes us feel a little hungover.

But what’s not to like about the vivid charm of these handcrafted items (above)? And that, we suppose, is the spirit of adventure to be found at these shows: row upon row of obvious merchandise, and then spots of the sincere and charming.

Welcome to our new Palm Street offices!
January 18th, 2012

New year, new offices! We have decamped from our home-office situation into genuine office space in Grandview Heights, a fab little historic neighborhood in West Palm Beach. This past month we’ve been buzzing like bees putting it all together, and now we want to give our readers the first look.

Ok, we admit it. Our offices are on the intimate side in terms of space. So what we quickly decided: Small space? Streamline colors. Sure we love color in our cards, but it made life a lot easier to choose just two for the office. White (and as glossy as possible, please), and a jolt of yellow. (High-gloss desk, white leather chair, and file cabinet from CB2. Lamp is West Elm. The prints are Avedon.)

We always like to think of our cards as mini pieces of art, so why not blow them up and hang them like that (above)?

Let’s bring the sun in. Yellow hanging files in a yellow file cabinet (above) never fail to cheer us up, even when we’re reaching for our printing bills.

Heaven for us is a place with more mood boards that we can fill. Fortunately we have plenty of wall space for them now. Simple modern white furniture (thank you Ikea) lets the images bring color and texture into our meeting room (above).

We love a high low office mix. Take cheap office supplies and put them in elegant containers. Don’t the pop colors of these pushpins look chic when set against the lovely blue glaze of this hand-thrown bowl?

Our lunch spot. The Curbside Gourmet food truck (above) that parks along the Dixie Highway is a local fave, and fortunately its grilled mahi fish tacos — with lime and mango — are as delicious as its turquoise livery and whimsical typography.

And doesn’t everything taste a bit better on sunshine-happy plates? (These are from C. Wonder.) If you’re ever in the area, stop by and let us make you a cup of tea.

Local inspiration. If ever we get stumped for idea, how lucky are we to find the world-class art collection of the Norton Museum a 5-minute walk away. A splendid art deco bronze by Paul Manship (a personal fave of ours) of Diana graces the original entrance (above, left).

Sometimes we manage to leave the office before it gets dark, and then we are treated to this view along Flagler Drive (above), a moon just beginning to rise against a darkening sky. And with that, we cycle happily home.

* J. Falkner Fine Stationery & Cards. 500 Palm Street, Unit B. West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Tel (561) 833 8455. Fax (561) 228 0633.

And We’d Like to Thank …
January 16th, 2012

Imagine our thrill when we received the new issue of Stationery Trends to see we’d made it into ST’s exclusive 10: Designers to Watch in 2012.

Fortunately the Golden Globes were on last night to give us an idea how to behave with dignity when receiving acclaim — or as Ricky Gervais put it, thank God, thank your agent and get off the stage.

With no agent to thank, and not wanting to give God all 100%, we’ll instead give a shout-out to all the people who have bought our cards. Truly, that support has made all the difference to us. When someone actually stamps and mails one of our cards we want to blurt out, like Sally Field from another awards ceremony years ago: “You like us! You really, really like us!”

By now the get-off-the-stage music is playing, so without further ado here’s the article itself. See the rest of the article, and a truly wonderful list of colleagues, at

4 New Years Resolutions from the Ever-Optimistic
January 2nd, 2012

No, we didn’t step up our visits to the gym last year nor did we arrive at much Italian beyond “grazie”, but we’re still suckers for a good New Year’s resolution. And here are four we will try to honor in 2012.

1. Instate i-free days. iPad, iPhone, iPod — iNough! One day a week we’re going to close our laptop, throw our cell in a drawer and set out with pen and paper to see what ideas might come to us if we give them more space to breathe.

(Resolutions are always better sweetened with a bit of retail: the little leather notebook pictured above is from

2. Walk in wonder. Perhaps it’s our Manhattan training, but when we walk we tend to stride from A to B as quickly as we can. This year we’re going to step to a different rhythm, and not take the palm trees and grazing ibis (like these we saw last week, above) for granted.

3. More poetry, less reality. As a modern design company, it’s incumbent on us to keep up with pop culture. But after we found ourselves repeating Real Housewive quotes — “If you can’t be my friend, please don’t be my enemy!” was curiously hard to resist — we were prepared to agree we might have drunk a bit too heavily from the reality-TV cup. In 2012, we’re going to find our way back to poetry and words we won’t be embarrassed to quote. First up, the new translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations (admittedly, a poet who might have out-partied Snooki back in 1871).

4. Send a Sunday card. Sunday night is a time for us to take stock of the week and make sure our pencils are sharpened for Monday morning. We’ll add just a few minutes to the ritual and write someone a card, for no particular reason other than to deliver a bit of mailbox love.

(We often dip into our stock of Little Notes for this (above), the perfect size for just a few words.)