Let’s celebrate together the 10th Anniversary of MD Paper Products!

Exactly 10 years ago, the first MD Paper Notebook was lauched!

For us, such an anniversary is a perfect occassion for celebrating together.

We deciced to visit unique shops and workshops in Poland, which are in love with MD Paper, as much as we are.

Because, no anniversary party couldn’t do without a present, thus we have prepared some surprise for you – on each MD Paper Notebook we are going to emboss in gold or silver your initials or anything what your immagination will tell you, and our machine font will take 😉

Moreover, each of our guests will have the opportunity to place an original 10th Anniversary MD Paper stamp!

Where are we going to meet?

26 maja 2018 – PAPIERNICZENI
Kraków, ul. Limanowskiego 18

16-17 Czerwca 2018 – PAPIEROWE ATELIER
Chrzanów, ul. Gancarska 20/6

8-9 Września 2018 – BOOKIESTRA
Katowice, NOSPR Plac Wojciecha Kilara 1

6-7 Października 2018 – WARIACKIE PAPIERY
Warszawa, Galeria Mokotów 1p, ul. Wołoska 1

17 Listopada 2018 – DZIEŃ PIÓRA WIECZNEGO
Warszawa, Muzeum Etnograficzne, ul. Kredytowa 1

1-2 Grudnia 2018 – OTWARTA PRACOWNIA HELLO CALLIGRAPHY
Poznań, ul. Głogowska 105

See you there! 🙂

 

Blackwing Vol. 54

Simply Exquisite.

The Surrealist movement of the early 20th century sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. From Ernst and Oppenheim, to Kahlo and Lam, Surrealists have constantly sought new techniques that would liberate them from the limitations of lucidness.

One of these techniques was known as automation, or “the absence of any control exercised by reason.” To achieve automation, Surrealists used an exercise known as Exquisite Corpse, creating collaborative poems and works of art composed of pieced-together words and images.

The Blackwing 54 pays tribute to surrealism and creative exercises that force us to look beyond our narrow personal perspective. We designed this pencil using Exquisite Corpse.

First, we separated the pencil into five components (graphite, lacquer, imprint, ferrule, eraser). Then, we blindly selected the design for each component and assembled the results.

 

The finished pencil features a rose barrel, teal imprint, silver ferrule, blue eraser and our extra-firm graphite.

The number 54 is a nod to 54 rue due Chateau in Paris, the birthplace of Exquisite Corpse.

Interview with Carlo Vazzoler – the founder of Loclen

Carlo Vazzoler is a passionate person, trairblazer and founder of Loclen, specializning in making unique writing instruments that can be called small pieces of art. He told us about his work, which is also his passion.

How did you start Loclen? Why writing instruments?

I have always been passionate about pens, I used to collect them. Then one day I decided I wanted to make my own, and so it all started from there. It was in 2008.

Your products are made of brass bars, where the idea of using such material came from?

Brass is the most common material for pens, it is easy to work with and it has a nice weight, compared to aluminum which is the other most common material for pens. Brass is my favorite not only for the weight, but also because it has the nice characteristic of oxidize over time, but not too much like copper for example, just a little and then it has a very nice smell ( I like it very much). I always say that brass is a live material, like wood.

LOCLEN Tekno 2 Ballpoint Pen Chrome
LOCLEN L3 Ballpoint Pen Black
LOCLEN L3 Brass Mechanical Pencil 0,7 mm
LOCLEN Nanetto Ballpoint Pen Black

 

Are you influenced by Italian tradition? Where do you find the inspiration?

Design innovation is part of the company philosophy, My first goal has always been to make something different to stand out from the millions of pens on the market which are all copying to each other. If you mean the Italian tradition in pens I would have to say that I am very far from that. I would never make a pen similar to Aurora, Montegrappa or Visconti. Different design has been the main reason why we were able to succeed in this very high competitive market.

Which difficulties do you encounter in producing your writing instruments?

The main problems we are facing now is to be able to keep up with production. All our pens are handmade which is also another trait of our company philosophy, we do not mass produce like most of the other brands. We are adding some more machines to our small factory, hopefully this will improve productivity. We are growing.

In Electa foutain pen you use a VAS system. Could you tell something more about this solution?

Electa is a very unique pen, the only one in the world in terms of design (it looks like a piston filler) and also technology. The Vibration Absorbing System VAS is and advanced and ingenious system that blocks the vibrations of the nib when rubbing on the paper to be transferred to the barrel. You won’t feel these vibrations because they are stopped by the three rubber rings that divide the barrel from the front section. In all other pens, front section and barrel are screwed to each other making one single component very rigid. On the Electa the connection between the front section and the barrel is made by rubber making the part more flexible.

LOCLEN Electa Brass Fountain Pen

To whom your products are dedicated?

To everyone who is passionate about writing and pens, and he or she is looking for something different and cool.

You have a quite unusual logo, is there any story behind it?

Goose is normally associated to fountain pens because of the feather, once they used to write with goose feather. My logo is a duck, not a goose, but it is close.

What do you feel or think when designing, and creating writing instruments when our life is full of new technologies? Is there a space for hand writing?

When I started this company I was keep telling myself that it wouldn’t had worked out because of the rising trend to write with electronic devices instead of hand writing, I was wrong. I discovered that there is a huge number of passionate people who still prefer hand writing and love to have a nice pen. I am also having the feeling that this number is rising and that a lot of people are going back to use fountain pens.

What do you want to say to Polish user of you writing instruments?

Thank you for your interest in our pens, we are a yang company in the writing industry but we are growing fast thank you to a rising number of passionate pen lovers who recognize in our products the two main traits of our philosophy: passion and design innovation.
Our goal for the Polish market is to find people who share these values and will enjoy to write with our pens.

Wywiad z twórcą marki Loclen – Carlo Vazzolerem

Carlo Vazzoler to pasjonat, pomysłodawca i założyciel marki Loclen specjalizującej się w tworzeniu wyjątkowych akcesoriów piśmienniczych, które śmiało można nazwać dziełami sztuki. O swojej pracy, która bez wątpienia jest jego pasją opowiedział nam w wywiadzie.

Jak powstał Loclen? Dlaczego akurat instrumenty piśmiennicze?

Od zawsze byłem pasjonatem długopisów, kiedyś je kolekcjonowałem. Wtedy, pewnego dnia zdecydowałem, że chciałbym stworzyć swój własny. I tak to się wszystko zaczęło, w 2008 roku.

Twoje produkty są robione z mosiądzu, skąd pomysł, aby tworzyć z tego właśnie materiału?

Mosiądz to najbardziej powszechny materiał, z którego tworzy się długopisy, jest prosty w obróbce, lubię też jego wagę. W porównaniu do aluminium, który również jest bardzo popularnym materiałem, mosiądz jest zdecydowanie cięższy. Lubię mosiądz nie tylko ze względu na wagę, ale również ze względu na to, że z czasem się utlenia, ale nie tak bardzo jak na przykład miedź, bardziej delikatnie a przy tym ma bardzo przyjemny zapach (bardzo lubię ten zapach). Zawsze powtarzam, że mosiądz to żywy materiał, tak samo jak drewno.

Długopis LOCLEN Tekno 2 Chrome
Długopis LOCLEN L3 Czarny
Ołówek mechaniczny LOCLEN L3 Brass 0,7 mm
Długopis LOCLEN Nanetto Czarne

Gdzie znajdujesz inspirację? Czy czerpiesz z włoskiej tradycji?

Innowacyjny design to część filozofii naszej firmy. Od zawsze moim głównym celem było tworzenie czegoś innego, aby wyróżnić się od milionów długopisów, które są do siebie bardzo podobne. Jeżeli chodzi o włoską tradycję i instrumenty piśmiennicze, muszę powiedzieć, że trzymam się od tego z daleka. Nigdy nie chciałbym tworzyć długopisów i piór podobnych do Aurory, Montegrappa czy Visconti. Odmienny design był i jest głównym powodem, dla którego jest dla nas miejsce na tym bardzo konkurencyjnym rynku.

Jakie trudności spotykasz przy tworzeniu swoich produktów?

Głównym problemem, z którym teraz walczymy to możliwość nadążania z produkcją. Wszystkie nasze długopisy i pióra są wykonywane ręcznie, co jest kolejnym punktem w filozofii naszej firmy. Nie tworzymy produkcji masowej, jak robi to większość marek. Dokładamy więcej maszyn do naszej małej firmy, mam nadzieję, że polepszy to naszą produktywność. Rośniemy w siłę.

Pióra wieczne Electa posiadają system VAS – system absorbujący wibracje. Czy możesz powiedzieć coś więcej o tym systemie?

Electa to wyjątkowe pióro, jedyne takie na świecie, jeżeli chodzi o design (wygląda jak tłok) oraz technologię. System Absorbujący Wibrację VAS to zaawansowane i pomysłowe rozwiązanie. Zazwyczaj podczas pisania stalówka tworzy wibracje, które można wyczuć w korpusie, natomiast VAS system je blokuje. Nie odczujesz więc tych wibracji, ponieważ są zatrzymywane dzięki trzem gumowym pierścieniom, które oddzielają korpus od przedniej sekcji. We wszystkich innych piórach przednia sekcja jest wkręcana do korpusu, sprawiając, że jest bardzo sztywna. W piórach Electa połączenie gumowymi pierścieniami przedniej sekcji i korpusu sprawia, że ta część jest bardziej elastyczna.

Pióro wieczne LOCLEN Electa Brass

Komu dedykujecie swoje produkty?

Nasze produkty są dedykowane wszystkim tym, którzy uwielbiają pisanie ręczne i jednocześnie szukają czegoś innego, czegoś fajnego.

Wasze logo jest dość wyjątkowe, czy kryje się za nim jakaś historia?

Gęś jest często utożsamiana z piórami wiecznymi z powodu piór, które kiedyś służyły do pisania. My wybraliśmy kaczkę, nie gęś, ale nadal jest to ta sama rodzina ptaków.

Co czujesz lub myślisz, kiedy projektujesz i tworzysz instrumenty piśmiennicze? Nasze życie jest przepełnione nowymi technologiami, jest jeszcze miejsce a pismo ręczne?

Kiedy tworzyliśmy markę, powtarzałem sobie, że może się nie udać, ponieważ pisanie na komputerze jest znacznie bardziej popularnie niż pisanie odręczne. Myliłem się. Odkryłem, że jest wielka liczba pasjonatów, którzy nadal wolą pisać ręcznie i uwielbiają mieć coś fajnego do pisania. Również, odnoszę wrażenie, że ta liczba ciągle wzrasta i że wiele ludzi ma zamiar wrócić do pisania piórem.

Jaką wiadomość chciałbyś przekazać swoim polskim klientom?

Dziękuję za zainteresowanie naszymi produktami. Jesteśmy młodą firmą, ale rozwijamy się szybko dzięki stale rosnącej liczbie miłośników instrumentów piśmienniczych, którzy dostrzegają w naszych produktach dwie główne cechy, na których opiera się cała nasza filozofia, czyli pasja i innowacyjny design. W Polsce chcemy znaleźć ludzi, którzy podzielają te wartości i będą z przyjemnością sięgać po nasze instrumenty piśmiennicze.

What do we love about Delfonics?

During our last joourney to Japan, we found a brand with real treasures, and we were dreaming about them every single night. From that moment, we had already known that we had to have it in our shop. It was not easy to get it, but we were fighting for it since June. However, we are lucky and our dreams come true, and from the second part of Ferbuary Delfonics is available at Escribo’s shelfs.

What do we love about Delfonics?

  • because of the highest quality their products are made of,
  • unusual design, which can not be ignored,
  • great attention to every detail (metal zips! Something beautiful!),
  • functionality. We just want to use them!
  • Wide range of colours!

In Delfonics’ offer we can find mechanical pencils, notebooks, cases, business card cases, metal bookmarks and something we all have been waiting for – cotton pen cases and inner carrings!

Delfonics Rollbahn Notebook A5

Delfonics Rollbahn Notebook

Rollbahn notebooks are available in A5 size and reporter notebook size. On the last pages there are five clear pockets, which are perfect for storing tickets and loose pages.

Delfonics Marking Clip

Thin, metal bookmarks find their place in each book. Wide range of patterns makes that everyone will choose for itself.

Delfonics Inner Carring S

Delfonics Inner Carring M

Delfonics Roll Pen Case

Inner carrings can be used in two ways, either as bag organiser, or simply as a bag. All you have to do is to fasten a stripe. Roll pen case is a perfect alternative for those, who looks for unusual solutions for storing their favourite accessories.

Our excitement of Delfonics does not decrease not even for a single moment. We have the impression you like it too, after these products have disappeared at lighting speed 🙂

10th Anniversary of MD Notebook!

It’s 10 years passed since the first MD notebook was introduced.

Such an anniversary needs special setting and from this occasion Midori designed limited collection of notebooks and accessories.

In the collection we can find ten notebooks in unique layouts such as dots, lines and grid with wide margin, and graph paper.

Of course, each notebook was designed to perform a specific function, but despite from that the Midori gives us freedom in which the limit is our imagination.

Special notebooks need special accessories, thus in new limited collection we can find also Cordoba Paper Covers in two unique shades of brown.

Another novelty are colour pencils, with soft graphite as in colouring pencils, which can be easily removed with eraser.

To see all 10th Limited Edition Products click here.

February comes to end, but it is not the end of surprises.
Soon you will get to know about new items, which were made in Traveler’s Factory.

 

Accessories for Bullet Journal

Very often we hear the question what to use to make our bullet journal more colorful and intersting. And to enjoy the way we create it.

We know how important is this case, and we treat it with respect. Thus we prepare three tips that you may find useful making your bullet journal.

1.More color!

Everyone has its own strictly define system. But sometimes we may lost somewhere between bullets and dashes, thus it can a good idea to distinguish events and meetings and circle them with a color marker. For example, to use one color for meetings, and another  for tasks, and yet another one for important things. In this case, markers can be find very helpful, but not those in agressive colors, because they distract our attention, and this is not the point. We use ICONIC 2Way Pen – they are available in three sets of colors: Deco, Pastel and Retro. The last one is our favourite! 🙂

For those of you, who want to add some drawings to their BOJO, we recommend Akashiya Sai brush pens. Those are perfect for caligrapfhy but also for drawing and painting. When you mix it with water they create a beautiful effect of watercolors.

 

2 Way Retro Pen

Akashyia Sai Brush Pens

2.Stickers are good for everything

Did you make a mistake? Did you have to change your plans and cross your notes? No worries! We have a rule that if we make a mistake, we just sick a colorful mt tape or a sticker on it. But mt tapes and stickers are a perfect idea to mark an important event, birthday or trip. In this case, Midori Seal Collection are just perfect. Available in differet motifs – with words (Anniversary, Birthday, Coffee), sweet gnoms that shows moods or sleepy heads.

Mt tape Hearts

Midori Seal Collection Stickers

ICONIC coloring deco pack

Markers and book darts are must-have of every notebook, as well as of bullet journal. If you use a lot of them, a good solution may be discrete and as thin as a paper, metal Book Darts. Colorful sticky markers are also nice. With cactus and animal markers for sure nothing will go unnoticed.

Book Darts

Midori Bookmarks

3.Gadgets

We cannot forget about the most basic accessory which is a good ruler. For us, the fundamental criterion is durability. A ruler should be resiistant to different accidents (falls, breaks and cracks). The Midori wooden ruler has all these features. What is more, it has a laser engraved scale ensures that the ruler does not fade over time.

If you are looking for brass accessories, it is worth to see the Traveler’s Company Brass collection. You will find rulers, alphabet and number markers, which are very interesting and practical solution.

You can also find helpful a pocket glue tape and compact scissors, when you would like to glue some tickets or photos. Midori XS collection offers a wide range of really handful accessories that can be packed even to the smallest pen case.

Midori Wooden Ruler

Travele’s Company bookmark alphabet

Midori XS scissors

On the iternet you can find a lot of BOJO inspirations. So, we have nothing else to do, but just start creating our bullet journal!

2018 Diaries Review – ICONIC

At the end of 2018 Diaries Review we prepered for you the real hit – ICONIC Diaries 2018.

ICONIC has a gift for creating products that are unique in every detail, unusually practical and durable. Starting from pencil cases, ballpoint pens and ending on notebooks – everything is just beautiful!

In this year we are pleased to introduce to our offer a collection of diaries and planners. It was not an easy task for us to decide which one we should choose, because we would like to have them all!

Without any doubt, the thing that differentiates ICONIC are colourful covers and patterns, to which you cannot be indifferent, as well as paper with basis weight of 100g/m2, that is just perfect for writing with a ballpointpen or pencil.

Recently, ICONIC Mello Diary which combines both a weekly diary and planner quickly has gained popularuty.

It consists of 192 pages in which we will find a year calendar for 2018 and 2019 (a pages), year planner (2 pages), monthly planner (26 pages), weekly calendar (116 pages), plain pages for notes (18 pages), and gridded pages (18 pages), as well as world map and Korea map.

Weekly calendar is divided into seven sections, one per one day.

ICONIC Mellow Diary has hard cover made of synthetic leather that is closed with elastic rubber band.

Inside we can find additional pocket for storing notes and ribbon bookmark.

Despite diaries in a form of notebook, ICONIC also desk planners.

ICONIC 2018 Desk Scheduler in monthly basis consists of 14 sheets of calendar, form November 2017 to December 2018.

Scheduler on the one side is a monthly planer, with empty boxes, where you can jot down a piece of important information, meeting or phone call that you have to on a particular day, whereas on the other side, you can find a simple, common calendar.

The stad is made of durable, thick paper that ensure the scheduler stands stable.

ICONIC 2018 Desk Scheduler is must-have gadget of every office!

ICONIC Diaries:

  • 192 pages, divided into annual calendar for 2018 and 2019, an annual planner, monthly planner, weekly schedule with one week on two pages, and empty pages for notes.
  • Colourful covers made of synthetic leather
  • Paper with basis weight of 100g/m2

You can find ICONIC Mellow Diary in our shop just clicking here, and Desk Scheduler – here.

 

Blackwing Vol. 12.6

Imagination at work.

From an early age, Ada Lovelace, the only child of Romantic poet Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Milbanke, showed an adeptness for mathematics and an uncanny ability to make creative connections between seemingly disparate things and ideas. She described this ability as “the Discovering Faculty,” and it was a gift she put to use in a way that would help shape the future of human civilization.

In 1843, while translating an article on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine computer, the Countess of Lovelace wrote her own thoughts and notes on the machine. These notes dwarfed the original article and contained what many consider to be the first complete computer program. Ada envisioned the future of such a machine, including its potential use for the creation of music, earning her the present-day title of “The Prophet of the Computer Age.”

The Blackwing 16.2 is a tribute to mathematician, writer and visionary Ada Lovelace.

The pencil features a matte white finish and matte black ferrule inspired by the simple styling of early personal computers.

It features our firm graphite formulation ideal for both writing and mathematics.

The number 16.2 is a nod to the Analytical Engine’s storage capacity of 16.2 kB (0.00005% the storage of the average smartphone) and the backside of each pencil bears a binary pattern stamp of Ada’s initials AAL, the same initials she used to sign her work.

Mt tape ideas

During one of the stationery events, when we introduced our novelty – Mt tapes, a client did not believe in possibilities they have. This was the moment when he threw down a challenge to us “if you dare to stick them in a car?” Because any challenge is not horrifying to us, the effects came very quickly. In August the volunteer appeared – Fiat 500. Two days later, in the sunny evening, all Escribo team collected as much Mt tapes as could have held and started to stick tapes into the trunk.

The joy had no end! We were as happy as small children that get first paints in their life! We all agreed that we use tapes in different patterns to create something like patchwork. In effect on the trunk appeared flowers, leaves, colorful stripes and dots, and of course cats! Exactly! There must have been cats!

We knew a lot about Mt tape. We use them in our notebooks, calendars, pens, and even for decorating bigger objects like pieces of furniture. However, we had never used them for outdoor objects. Thus, we had some concerns: if it will look good? Will tape become dirty soon? What if the whole work will go by the board because of rain?

If we make it? Definitely yes! The car was decorated 4 months ago. The effect is still very good. We will not hide, that mt tapes are a little dirty, but it is acceptable. Fiat survived raindrops and four visits in car wash without any damage! All of you, who visit Fountain Pen Day in Warsaw 18th of August could admire our masterpiece. All of you, who miss the chance – do not worry! Our work was documented by Edyta Dufaj. Just watch a movie below.

You can find the original Mt tapes here (click)