Velvet Christmas at Ordning & Reda.

ordning & reda christmas stationery wrapping.

Ordning & Reda is still probably one of my favorites for the design and variety, while the French company Clairefontaine is for the paper quality. For the holiday season, Ordning & Reda is releasing a series of velvet products including the notebooks and diaries pictured below. There are also velvet bags to complete the look.

However, as Ordning & Reda’s store inside the Bodum store in New York City closed at the end of last year, it is virtually impossible to buy these products here in the US. I was told that a store is in the works, slated to open (perhaps) early next year in Manhattan, so stay tuned.

Now back to the London Design Festival.

ordning & reda velvet notebooks.

MetroLive: Tokyo Day Two

I attended the International Stationery & Office Products Fair and the Design Accents Expo at Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center today. The shows were quite different from what I had expected, as the products exhibited were mostly geared toward the Japanese market. There was also less focus on greeting cards (with exception to Japanese new year’s postcards) and more focus on writing instruments and accessories. Nevertheless, I found quite a few things that caught my eye — and here they are:

Hello Kitty Fortunes.

The Japanese love fortune-telling, so why not present them with one of Japan’s most beloved characters? Select a Hello Kitty that matches your Chinese zodiac sign and your fortune is hidden on the underside of this cute ceramic piece. 500 Yen (US$4.20) each.

Hello Kitty fortunes at the Tokyo Design Accents Expo.

Instant Noodle Timer.

This instant noodle timer will light up and sound when your Cup O’Noodles are ready. Simply fill your noodle cup with hot water and place it on top of the cooker and wait. After three or four minutes, you will see lights and hear kettle sounds to alert you that your noodles are ready to be consumed. A popular graduation gift here in Japan. 2500 Yen (US$25).

Instant noodle timer at the Tokyo Design Accents show.

Some-Q Instant Dyes.

This is probably one of the most interesting products at the show. This set of instant dyes are simply spray paints that can change the color of almost any product in seconds — and the color won’t come off! It’s quite amazing how the ‘new’ color does not smear just seconds after applying the spray. You can even be creative and use stencils to spray on your favorite pattern. 780 to 980 Yen (US$6.50 to $8.20) each.

Some-Q Instant Dyes.

Paris Metro Notebooks.

If you are a subway lover like myself, these are some great notebooks to have. These are official licensed products from the Paris Metro (RATP) and come in designs of each of the major metro lines of Paris. In two sizes, priced between 380 and 580 Yen (US$3.20 and $5).

Paris metro notebooks.

There’s more to come here in Tokyo — watch out for more design discoveries, including Tokyo’s Shiodome district and Tokyo Midtown.

Stationery: Ordning & Reda.

inside the ordning & reda store, stockholm.

Ordning & Reda is probably one of my favorite stationery companies (the other being Clairefontaine in France). I first found this store in 2001 when I visited Stockholm and have been a customer since. I enjoy visiting their stores and spending time looking at all the color variations available for every notebook, folder and more. It’s just a very fulfilling sensory experience.

These Flora notebooks are also quite appealing. They are available in two sizes, and in the two colors shown below.

flora notebooks by ordning & reda, stockholm.

In addition to stationery, they also have a line of accessories. My favorite is probably their travel wallet, which has become something I could not live without when I travel. The one I have now is my second one, which I asked my cousin to bring back from her trip to Sweden last year. They used to also have iPod cases, but for some reason they are nowhere to be found on their website.

travel wallet from ordning & reda, stockholm.

So where to buy? Well, the closest store here in the US is in New York. Click here for a complete list of shops.