I’ve come to a conclusion: Korea is to stationery as France is to wine, and Italy to pasta. They just do it best!
My absolute favourite range is O-check designs, which takes its name from the a Korean word meaning ‘a book with nothing inside’.
It’s a range full of thought, detail and vintage charm, yet everything is still completely practical, made with thick craft paper, linen & leather. Despite their name, many of the journals and notebooks are not completely blank – instead, the pages are scattered with airmail-print, nature images and french phrases to jump start your inspiration. Better yet, O-check are ‘environmentally conscious, creating many of its products from recycled paper, natural fabrics, wood and soy ink’. They even create a free downloadable wallpapers each month, and they’re gorgeous!
I have a diary, a planner and a notebook from the range (& ok, a few other “essentials” ) that I use on a daily basis. Just turning the brown-paper pages or seeing the vintagey covers brightens my day, and gives me a wave of that my-life-could-be-a-movie feeling!
Of course, O-check aren’t the only Korean company creating stationery perfection… here’s just a selection of what else is out there!
I LoveloveLOVE those birdcage cards! Too nice to give away though, right? I want some for my bedroom!
The full O-check range is available direct from their online shop, but you need to navigate the order form in Korean. Alternatively, Notemaker and NothingElegant stock nearly everything, and ship worldwide.
In the US, Anthropologie are also carrying several notebooks.
All the other ranges I found via Nothing Elegant’s etsy shop.
Lots of love,