our Brighton Architectural Notebooks are now in Homage!

Yes – that is right! You can now find our Brighton Architectural notebooks in the beautiful home store, Homage, in the Seven Dials area of Brighton.


Packed up in mixed threes, you can get a set of A6 notebooks made from 100% recycled paper, printed in Sussex with images of iconic pieces of Brighton Architecture – the Pavilion, the Palace Pier and our beloved West Pier.

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And check out the beautiful pieces they have in the store – from hand thrown utilitarian ceramic mugs to wide toothed combs, scented candles and hanging glass planters. We are delighted to be in such a lovely store. Go and say hi to Mark and Liza at Homage and check them out in their online store – www.homageonline.co.uk 

(images by claire potter and homage)

personalised notebooks for World Stationery Day…

Ah, stationery. In a world of digital devices, power cables and updates that mess the whole thing up, stationery is the simple, reliable stalwart of our lives. Always there to take a note, record a thought or progress a design, we are rarely without a nice notebook and a pen in our bags. It does not hold you up in security in an airport and it hold endless power without a top up charge. But there is stationery and there is stationery. So, for World Stationery Day, we are celebrating one of our favourites – the personalised notebooks available at Urban Cottage Industries…


These, in our humbled, (but extremely experienced opinions), are the top notches of all notebooks. Whether you plump for the Moleskine or the Leuchtturm, plain or lined, A5 or A6, coloured or black, these beauties can be so much more than a notebook.

our favourite – the lime green Leuchtturm (which also comes with archiving stickers!)

Thanks to the traditional hot-debossing service at Urban Cottage Industries, you can choose to have them personalised to you – a name, a number, a phrase. And all included in the price of the notebook – which, until the end of the day, has a whopping 40% off the usual price.

We love these notebooks – and we regularly get them for the office and even as prizes or gifts for others, such as the recent Award for Sustainable Design we gave to the very deserving Meg Walker at the recent BSc Product Design degree show at the University of Sussex. We had the message ‘creativity is a way of life..’ debossed into the classic black notebook, because it is.

So – choose your notebook, ponder your message and get over to Urban Cottage Industries this World Stationery Day. Quick!

(images via Urban Cottage Industries and Claire Potter)

SPOTTED – Decomposition Books…

As much as we would not be without our technology, we are complete and utter suckers for stationery. I have to admit, that I was that kid who looked forward to the restart of school over summer, so I could put take stock, replenish and reorganise my pencil case and pen collection. A trip to an art or stationery shop still gives me a thrill. But, as the years have worn on, the studio has become far more critical of the pieces we buy. Refillable, or recyclable are top of the list, along with only using 100% recycled, unbleached paper. And decoration is kept to a distinct minimum. Mostly. We make an exception with Decomposition Books though…

decomposition books

Made by Michael Rogers in the USA, this fantastic collection of reasonably priced notebooks, sketchbooks and lined books are filled with 100% post consumer waste paper, which is great, but the covers are just fantastic.

A huge range of patterns, the range is linked by their limited colour palette and graphic, often repetitive patterns. It is modern, whilst having a very nostalgic nod. They are also printed with soy inks, which is a far more ecologically alternative to the standard printing methods usually employed on these types of products.

We love them. Our favourites are the dinosaur printed one, plus the topographical map and under the sea variants also have a special place on our desks.

So – which one is yours?

(images by claire potter design and via Michael Rogers)