Stationery

Tomigaya: All you need is a dog in Tokyo!

Posted on November 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Dogs in strollers
 
When you think of dog-loving cities, most likely you are going to think of Paris, but on the other side of the world, Tokyo is now the 'Paris of the East' (in terms of their obessions with their pets or dogs).
Tomigaya is an area in Shibuya, located on the [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Tokyo, Food & dining, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, books, Japan and was tagged with Coffee, Tokyo, Food & dining, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, cafes, street life, bookshops, dog, Tomigaya


Hong Kong's vintage toy & stationery museum – Silver stationery shop

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Top: The entrance of an industrial building in San Po Kong
 
Since I started this business, I was lucky to have met and made friends with many like-minded designers and entrepreneurs in Asia and London. After working with Hong Kong's ten Design stationery for years, I became friends with their designer Paul [...]

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Design & craft shopping in Myanmar

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Toothpicker

Inle heritage shop, Inle Lake

 
When I was in Myanmar, I was genuinely surprised by its diverse craft industry. Aside from traditional crafts, we were quite delighted to have come across some contemporary craft/design brands as well. My favourite shop of the trip was an accidental find in Inle Lake... We had hired [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Contemporary craft, Design, Myanmar, Burmese design and was tagged with shopping, contemporary crafts, Shopping guide, Myanmar, Burmese craft, textiles, Burmese designs, Yangon


New product ranges from Japan

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Katamaku - an upcycled stationery and product range
 
In the last 2 months, we added three new product ranges from Japan, including: upcycled stationery by KATAMAKU, textile products by Tenp, and Sola cube and Sola Zukan by Sola.

During my trip to Japan earlier this year, I met up with Japanese architect Shimon [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Stationery, Nature, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, stationery, nature, contemporary crafts, sola cube, tenp10, katamaku, sashiko weaving


Design & stationery shopping in Western Tokyo

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
d47 design travel store and Tomio Koyama Gallery at Hikarie
 
Shibuya
d47 design travel store (Hikarie 8F 2-21-1 Shibuya) - Muji is now an international brand that many non-Japanese are familiar with, but in Japan, d & department Project is the fastest-growing household and lifestyle brand in recent years. Established in 2000 by the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, books and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, bookshops


Design & stationery shopping in Eastern/Central Tokyo

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Toothpicker

My final two Tokyo entries are on shopping, so I hope this will delight a few readers. I have written another entry under the same title 2 years ago, so this is an update/addition to the previous blog entry (click here to read). This entry will focus on Eastern and Central Tokyo:
 
Kuramae
On [...]

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Our new retail stockist: Anthropologie

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

 The facade of Anthropologie store on Kings Road
 
We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Anthropologie, one of America's most popular retailers this autumn/winter. The company is our first major retail outlet, which is a big step forward for us. It is exciting to see Gongjang's eco balance monthly [...]

This post was posted in London, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Business, Korean stationery, Visual merchandising and was tagged with London, architecture, Korean stationery, business, Gongjang


The art of letter writing

Posted on November 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

New paper stationery by Kuroyagiza from Japan
 
Can you remember the last time you received a handwritten letter from someone? I can't (postcards don't count). Have we lost the art of letter writing? Did you ever have pen pals when you were younger? In recent years, authors, designers and retailers are trying to [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Korean stationery, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, graphic design, letter writing


The habit of diary writing

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

Gongjang's eco Balance diary
 
A few years ago, I was doing some decluttering at home and I found an old diary written by me at the age of seven. The diary was about a holiday with my family and the 'dilemma' that I was facing then. Of course what bothered me at seven [...]

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Vintage Japanese & Chinese bookmarks

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

This month, I would like to 'show-off' some of my vintage stationery collection from both my childhood and travels. Even though I have loved stationery since I was a child, I never thought that I would be selling stationery one day, so life is really full of surprises sometimes!
Recently I found a [...]

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