The Stationery Show, which took place in London’s Business Design Centre on April 30- May 1, is a popular event for stationery suppliers, brands and retailers. While its focus is mainly on the consumer and retail stationery market, there are always a few products suitable for office use, even if only on the desk of a senior executive. Here we pick some of this year’s most notable launches for office buyers.
One to note
Ethical stationery brand VENT for Change was one of eight winners of a LaunchPad19 award, run by the Stationery Show to highlight the best new stationery brands. It produces a range of notebooks and writing instruments made from recycled and sustainable materials, much of it produced in the UK, from pencils made from recycled CD cases to pocket books made from reclaimed coffee cup fibres. Every item has both an environmental and an ethical message, with proceeds from the sale of every VENT product going towards children’s education projects worldwide.
Impressing the judges
The Stationery Award judges were clearly impressed by Lime Stationery & Art’s offering. It was shortlisted in a number of categories, including Desk Accessories, with the Pininfarina Codex Desk Accessory; Novelty Stationery, with the Derwent Secret Map & Compass Pencil; Everyday Writing Instruments, with the Troika Construction Pen Brass (right); and Writing Instruments over £25, with the Pineider Mystery Filler pen and the category winning Troika Capmatic Pen.
Making its mark
A finalist in the Desk Accessories category of the Supplier Stationery Awards 2019, the Colop e-mark brings stamping into the smartphone era. The battery-powered, inkjet marking device has a companion app for mobile devices and PCs that lets you create your own designs or use pre-defined templates. The selected design can be sent to the device via Wifi or USB and printed in full colour simply by moving the e-mark across the page. Users can scroll between different designs shown on the smartphone/tablet/PC display by tapping the top of the e-mark.
ExaClair, the UK supplier of Clairefontaine, Décopatch, Exacompta and Rhodia, was a two-time winner at the London Stationery Show, with Clairefontaine’s Tiny Rolls 0.35m giftwrap range picking up a Judges’ Choice award and the Gift Packaging & Wrap category award. Other stand-out new products on the ExaClair stand were the Lean Management range of magnetic wall planners and display pockets for more effective project management; and Perpetual Rhodia softcover diaries and meeting books.
Time for a sharpener
Another Launchpad award winner, Brahman Design was honoured for its Høvel pencil sharpener, which planes layers of wood and graphite to a perfectly crafted point. Høvel is made of highly polished brass in line with the design team’s aim to create stationery products that ‘last a lifetime’. Options include a wooden base, a leather pouch and replacement blades.
Flutelopes, a finalist in the social stationery category, is a 100% recyclable and biodegradable alternative to traditional bubble bags. The plastic-free corrugated mailer is made entirely of paper.