NYIGF August 2011, Part 4

Woah, how is it Friday already?!  This week has just flown by, but before you all start running off for the weekend I have a few more booths from NYIGF to share with you!  First up, the adorable booth from Copenhagen-based Ferm Living.  I’m loving the geometric designs, from wallpaper to throws, the gold star wall decals, and giant knit poufs and pillows.

Ferm Living

I’m continuing the international theme with two more overseas booths – London-based SCP and Amsterdam-based Kidsonroof.  Kidsonroof has some seriously adorable cardboard mobiles, toys, and playhouses.  SCP drew me in with the Rob Ryan growth chart (I’m a serious sucker for anything involving Rob Ryan!).



K Studio is one of my NYIGF regular favorites – I just love the whimsical embroidered wall art and pillows.  They also just introduced some beautiful lavender sachets; they smell amazing!

K Studio

Lots of beautiful patterned textiles from Christen Maxwell, from tote bags to dopp kits to pillows.  Christen also collaborated with Pistachio Press on the new collection of patterned notebooks that I featured yesterday!

Christen Maxwell

The Artecnica booth is always full of some seriously amazing eye candy, particularly the Tord Boontje lights, vases, and wall panels.  This year they’ve introduced a new collection of globe lights featuring Tord Boontje’s garland light – and it’s sooo pretty.  Love!


That’s it for me from NYIGF this summer!  Friday links coming up next!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey and Stephen Michael Garey for Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper

NYIGF August 2011, Part 3

I’m back with more from NYIGF!  This time we’re focusing on all of the awesome stationery exhibitors at the Gift Fair, starting with some pretty notebooks, holiday cards, calendars, and gift wrap from Snow & Graham.

Snow & Graham

I’m loving the Valentine’s Day cards and gift wrap from Smudge Ink:

Smudge Ink

I had so much fun checking out the whimsical notebooks, planners, and cards at the Poketo booth:


I always love the kid-friendly stationery and letterpress cards from the ladies of 9SpotMonk:


Such a pretty booth and funny letterpress cards from Oblation Papers and Press:

I thought this card was so funny!

Oblation Papers + Press

Lots of brightly colored letterpress greeting cards, gift wrap and boxes, and wedding invitations from Smock:


The ladies from Albertine Press, May Day Studio, and Carta, Inc. were back at NYIGF with a shared booth displaying their lovely cards, ribbons, and paper ephemera.

May Day Studio

Cute holiday cards from Albertine Press

Carta, Inc.

And finally for today, the Aesthetic Movement booth, which was full of pretty paper from Yellow Owl Workshop, Beau Ideal, and many others (along with lots of other pretty things!).

Yellow Owl Workshop

Gorgeous embossed velvet wedding albums, guest books, and die cut cards from Velvet Raptor

Beau Ideal

Austin Press (you can check out more from the Stationery Show right here) and Set Editions

Aesthetic Movement

I’ll be back with more from NYIGF tomor­row!  You can check out past year cov­er­age from NYIGF right here.

Photo Cred­its: Stephen Michael Garey for Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper

Katie + Mark’s Sophisticated Autumn Wheat Wedding Invitations

Before I jump back into my coverage from NYIGF, I just had to take a few minutes to gush over these beautiful wedding invitations from Bespoke Letterpress in Australia.  I love the combination of hand lettering and serif type, not to mention the stunning blind impression wheat border.  And that patterned envelope liner?  Such a fun surprise!


Check out more over on the Bespoke Letterpress blog!

Photo Credits: Bespoke Letterpress

NYIGF August 2011, Part 2

As promised, I’m back with a few more favorites from the summer Gift Fair!  First up today, the unbelievably gorgeous porcelain ceramics from Portland-based Pigeon Toe.  In addition to vases, bowls, and votives, they recently released a collection of porcelain string lights!  I’m also rather partial to the bird house and wind chimes.

Pigeon Toe

The next booth might take the prize as my favorite new discovery: UK-based Lazy Oaf.  I love the adorable line of bright greeting cards, illustrated notebooks, patterned tape, and jewelry.  And the booth design is just as fun – the design was created using black electrical tape!

Lazy Oaf

Next up, Russell + Hazel.  They have lots of calendars and office stationery, but I zeroed in on a new collection of boxed notecards.  Each one has a different message, from birthday cards to change of address cards.  So pretty!

These are oversize gift cards.  They’re huge!  They’re around 6 x 8″ and come with a gift card enclosure envelope affixed on the back of the card.  I love the gold borders!

Russell + Hazel

It was so nice to see Viola from Chewing the Cud at NYIGF – I love her collection of pretty fabric gift wrap and tote bags, and of course her beautiful stationery and stamp kits.  Viola just introduced some amazing limited edition DIY kits in vintage cigar boxes.  Fun!

Chewing the Cud

I stumbled upon these gorgeous patterned textiles from Pehr.  Each design is hand-printed in India, including napkins, table runners, placemats, and pillows.  Of course I love the stripes and chevron pattern, but I’m also really loving the more organic and floral designs.  So pretty!


The collections from Bailey Doesn’t Bark combine three of my favorite things – ceramics, stationery, and beautiful textiles.  I love the four seasons tea towels and mugs below, not to mention the postcard mugs!

Bailey Doesn’t Bark

The Pistachio Press booth was full of fantastic stationery, from birthday cards to calendars to a new notebook collaboration with designer Christen Maxwell.  They also snuck in the adorable new art print below that I absolutely love.

Pistachio Press

I’m really loving the canvas tote bags, wall art, and apparel from San Francisco-based Fluffy Co.  They also make adorable baby onesies!

Fluffy Co.

I’ll be back with more from NYIGF a bit later!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey and Stephen Michael Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

*Pistachio Press is one of my fab­u­lous spon­sors; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

NYIGF August 2011, Part 1

As promised, today I’m kicking off my coverage of the Summer 2011 New York International Gift Fair.  If you follow me on twitter or instagram you’ve already seen a few sneak peeks, but there’s tons more that I’m excited to share.  Like the National Stationery Show, the Gift Fair is a wholesale trade show, but this show takes place twice a year and covers way more than paper.  There are sections just for global importers, handmade products, home and bath, baby and kid products, and lots, lots more.  It’s huge!  I only feature a small part of the show here – and today we’re starting with a few of my favorite exhibits in the Handmade section!

First up, the lovely Shanna Murray, making her trade show debut at this show.  I’m a longtime fan of Shanna’s wall decals and was thrilled to see her beautiful booth at NYIGF.  Shanna recently introduced some gorgeous new designs, as well as a brand-new collection of decals specifically for windows!


Shanna Murray

My friend Laurel from Laurel Denise is a trade show veteran and I always look forward to seeing her creative booth displays.  This year Laurel went with a cool industrial vibe – using old manuals and charts! – as a cool contrast against her delicate jewelry and beautiful glass vases.  I’m loving the colorful new silk edition of her simply stated collection below.

The 2012 edition of Laurel’s awesome yearly planner (available for pre-order here).

Laurel Denise

I also checked out the Walk Up Press booth a couple aisles over.  The fill-in-the-blank letterpress cards and day of the week lunchbags are so much fun, and I’m loving the new letterpress gift wrap sheets!

2012 write-on monthly desk calendar

New letterpress wrapping paper!

Walk Up Press

It was such a pleasant surprise to find Jessica Rust Designs at this year’s show.  I love Jessica’s personalized mugs and heirloom plates (they make a perfect wedding gift).  Jessica recently added some new etched glasses made from recycled wine bottles to her collection, along with some farm animal designs and cute personalized pet food bowls.

Jessica Rust Designs

Speaking of dinnerware, it was wonderful to see Asya from Gleena at this year’s show.  I’ve been a fan of her beautiful numbered porcelain bowls for a couple of years now, and I love the newer botanical designs and color additions to her collection.



Also in the Handmade section, Brooklyn-based Haptic Lab – they make the most gorgeous embroidered fabric map quilts.  Each of the large quilts is literally hand sewn (no machines)!  Such a lovely heirloom.  They also have a fun DIY option; city maps are screen printed onto smaller quilts and come with little icons and patches that can be sewn onto the quilt to indicate homes, locations of first dates, etc.  They also have a DC version, which made me very happy.

Haptic Lab

After checking out the exhibitors in the Handmade section, I wandered off to Baby & Child where I had a great time catching up with the folks from Wee Gallery.  We played with their rubber stamp sets and checked out the new (moveable) wall decals and art cards, and my husband and I totally want to get the temporary tattoos for our niece and nephew!

Wee Gallery

I’ll be back with more from NYIGF tomorrow!  You can check out past year coverage from NYIGF right here.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper