When I travelled, especially to international destinations, I had two staples on my shopping list. Sure, I’d buy that occasional pair of shoes or something like that, but I much rather bring back things that I won’t find easily here – namely local foodie delights that travel well and pretty stationery. There is something utterly magical about walking into a store filled with row after row of beautiful notebooks, leather-bound journals, funky writing instruments, colourful sticky notes, and interesting planners that cover every topic imaginable. It used to be so difficult to find it in India; we have always had the functional stationery, however, recently there has been an influx of Indian brands that craft the most spectacular paper products and desk accessories. Fill your work stations with attractive items from our list of homegrown labels.
Origin One describes its creations as “a collection of everyday stationery and elevated basics made for the design loving global nomad”. Focusing on a clean and simple aesthetic, their products like notebooks, planners, diaries and journals, envelopes, pencils, desk accessories, notecards and postcards, gifting accessories and even home décor have a contemporary vibe with just a touch of vintage appeal. They also have curated and personalised gift boxes ranging from stationery basics to a travel collection to gift wrapping.
Design-led lifestyle label Rubberband, crafts products that are fun and creative. From paper products like notebooks and notepads to writing instruments and furniture to customised designs and even toys, the collections are devoid of unnecessary frills, with vibrant yet minimal pieces that are perfect additions to any work desk. Collaborating with international artists and designers like Anthony Burrill, Jean Jullien and Nathalie Du Pasquier, they bring interesting artwork into our homes.
Colours have an incredible effect on our attitude and well-being. Wearing cheery yellow or calming blue on gloomy, rainy days does wonders to elevate your mood. Colour can do the same for your work spaces; it can stimulate and energise. Quality products that are simple in design, vibrant and functional, myPAPERCLIP collections are just that pop of colour to inspire you. Their fuss-free range of notepads, notebooks, memo blocks, planners and paper sheets come in a host of solid colours to brighten up any corner.
The fun and quirky stationery and paper products from Artchetype “seek to add a shade of colour, spots of design and oodles of enthusiasm and freshness to neglected items which we spend hours with”. They design their collections with an aim to boost creativity and make the small moments utterly fun. Stationery addicts will love their yearly planners with a host of sections and details to organise your entire life.
With a mission to “lead, shape and introduce to the world a new Indian art movement, using graphic art as the vehicle to democratise art by making it affordable, more accessible and relatable”, Kulture Shop collaborates with a wide range of Indian artists and designers and curates exciting, design-led collections that include stationery and paper products, art prints, fashion and home accessories. You can find bold artwork, funky creatives and culturally relevant social messages to dress your desks and walls.
We keep including Nappa Dori on our lists, but their incredible products demand attention. For sophisticated designs that ooze vintage charm, check out their classic notebooks, beautiful pencils, handcrafted leather organisers and memo cases. They also have wonderful brass, leather, wood and concrete desk accessories for Instagram-worthy work spaces.