Stationery Picks of London Design Week

This year London Design Week unfortunately clashed with an incredibly busy work week for me so I didn’t get to see as much as I’d’ve liked… But I did get to see a few things I’d like to share.

First off, these rad pencil sharpeners from The Wish List exhibition at the V&A:

Noman Foster Sharpener circle
Norman Foster Sharpener triangle

The concept behind the exhibition was to ask established and respected designers the question “what have you always wanted in your home but never been able to find?” and then team them up with an emerging designer to create their answer for them out of American Hardwood. Architect Norman Foster said that he wanted “a pencil sharpener for three sizes, capable of sitting on a desk and with a compartment to receive the shavings”. Japanese designer Norie Matsumoto therefore created a set of sharpeners, each a different shape, with 3 pencil holes.

Norman Foster Sharpeners


Next up, was a trip to Design Junction where there was plenty of great stationery on show. Here’s a selection of my favourites.

Ola London
Ola London2

Ola London had some really lovely wrapping paper and cards (especially the compass one!) and I really like their layflat binding notebooks.

It was really good to see the Tom Pigeon stand too:
Tom Pigeon

It’s the new company from Lovely Pigeon, who I have featured before, and launches this month.

And finally, a couple of brands that I discovered that I think deserve their very own posts:


On the left is the Ajoto Pen, and on the right is Pulp Stationery. I’ll be writing about them both in the next few days so keep an eye out!


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