Thursday, 19 August 2010

Rhodia stationery makes me want to be a better person.


This week I have been drooling incontinently over my new Rhodia Essential box. In essence, it's a cardboard box full of paper and a couple of pencils but what it really represents is something far more valuable. For me, it's a symbol of my attempt to impose order in a life of chaos. I know for some people stationery and its associate, storage, are means by which they maintain a structured and carefully regimented life; however, for me this is most definitely aspirational stuff and is something that l'Essentiel (it is actually French - I'm not *just* being pretentious) has in spades.

The French make some pretty fine school stationery and I love the Rhodia cahiers anyway - really good quality high grade vellum paper and writing on 5x5 quadrille has certain je ne sais quoi (OK, I'll stop now) that makes me want to get out a fountain pen and start writing my 1s with fancy flourishes.

But, ultimately,  it's the box that makes l'Essentiel so irresitible. Closed, it look like a big, fat, satisfying pad of A5 but it's a trompe l'oeil (I can't help it!) which hides a No.16, a No.8 and two No.11 pads, plus two Rhodia pencils. People, this is a box! With stationery in it! Really good stationery! And it costs less than a tenner. But, more than this, it makes you feel really, REALLY organised.

 


(Just one word of warning: BureauDirect http://www.bureaudirect.co.uk/ wrapped this really carefully in reams of bubble wrap but one corner of the box still got bashed about a bit in transit.)

7 comments:

  1. It's bigger than A5. I was clearly tripping.

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  2. i know what you mean... there is something about a clean sheet of paper and a neat pen or pencil that makes you want to have better thoughts...

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  3. Man, can I relate to your comment that "it's a symbol of my attempt to impose order in a life of chaos." I'm a slob around the house and my desk is a mess, but my stationery and pens are neatly ordered!

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  4. By the way, pretty good getting a Pen Addict link on only your fifth post! I hope you have Sitemeter or Google Analytics. Watching that spike in traffic from a Pen Addict link is a real thrill when the blog is young! You should gain some followers and RSS readers today, and you'll make it onto some blogrolls, too. (I've added you to mine.)

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  5. Hi everyone- - thanks for all your kind comments. I'm new to blogging so your support is much appreciated.

    Sarah

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  6. Nothing like having that box of inspiration!
    I do kinda the same thing, I have a box of pens, and other artistic supplies that I sometimes just look at because it gives me a sense of creativity.
    -Ezra
    www.ezrahilyer.com

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  7. Do you subscribe to any other websites about this? I'm struggling to find other reputable sources like yourself

    Hugo Martin,
    Leeds Promotional products

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