Notebooks, Taiwan design, Taipei design

The start of autumn makes me happy because it means I can finally wear layers again! As I mentioned in the last Weekend Market, I also embraced the change of seasons because it meant a new school year and all the possibilities that brought. I’d tell myself I started with straight A’s in each class and all I had to do was keep them (yeah, that usually proved a lot easier said than done). It’s been a few years since I was a full-time student, but I’ve decided to make this September a month of self-reflection and goal setting. I’m taking scrapbooking guru (and all-around awesome person) Shimelle Laine‘s annual online class Learn Something New Every Day. It only started yesterday (and it’s never too late to sign up), but I’m already enjoying it. Part of the class is keeping a notebook handy, so I decided to dedicate this edition of Weekend Market to some of the beautiful examples listed by Taiwanese indie designers on Pinkoi.

Above left: Made from smooth, sturdy Japanese kishu paper, Agua Design’s (水越設計) Q series of notebooks is designed to encourage daily journaling and sketching. Above right: Matou’s (毛兔) signature kiwi fruit design makes me hungry. Bottom left: Tennessee Cha Cha’s (田納西恰恰) notebooks feature colorful covers and pages designed for easy removal so you don’t accidentally tear your drawing or letter. Bottom right: 400 Dollar’s rainbow flag art journal is bound with different kinds of paper and has a handy pocket for storing ephemera.

Notebooks, Taiwan blog, Taipei blog

Above left: EcoDesign’s EcoBooks are sturdy covers that you can slip A4 pages into. Above right: Agua Design also has a series of notebooks with covers reproduced from 1945 maps of Taiwan. Bottom left: Nandou’s (南兜) notebooks are bound from papers carefully picked to give users the most sensuous handwriting experience. Bottom right: The Pinkoi team recently sent me several notebooks, including this one by Pinmo (品墨). It has an entire miniature cardstock mahjong set tucked inside, complete with tile holders you can fold together. It’s adorable. I may just have to recreate “The Joy Luck Club” with some of my Blythe dolls.

All of these items are listed on Pinkoi, which now has an English front page and a handy Chinese-to-English translation tool on each listing. If you need help ordering, contact Pinkoi’s friendly staffers at service AT pinkoi DOT com. And remember… use this blog’s coupon code @thankyoufromGeorge for five percent off your purchase!