Don’t get us wrong, we love our smart phone and our laptop. But there are times when we just want to hold a pen in our hand and write something down. Make a list. Take notes for a screenplay. Attempt a sonnet. On those occasions, we reach for these Archie Grand notebooks. They’re the brainchild of Johan Kärrman, a Swedish designer who dreamt them up while he was living in London. Inspired by the English eccentrics he met while he was there—people like Alan Clark, a politically incorrect Conservative politician who lived in a castle with a moat and set his dogs on the police—he created notebooks that captured their cheeky allure. (Which explains the brand’s tagline: “Journals, Notebooks, Sketchbooks for Charlatans, Scoundrels and Luminaries.”)
We’re offering a set of six: Chefs I Met and Liked, Designers I Met and Liked, Fashionistas I Met and Liked, Lovers I Had and Liked, Secret Agents I Met and Liked, and Politicians I Met and Liked (with a bipartisan two-color cover). They have matte leather-like covers, stitched spines, and 120 pages of blank, high-quality paper (so we can also sketch or make a collage if we so desire). Kärrman urges people to record their thoughts and impressions on the fly, so they’re sized to fit neatly into pockets and small bags.
“A scientist friend did some of her PhD work in one of the books—it's about phase diagrams in metallurgy. According to other scientists the work was not only intellectually great but also a great creative work. What else can you ask for?” he says. Write on.
Jasper + Black
from Stockholm, Sweden