Studio tour: Mr. Boddington’s Studio

To say I’m a little obsessed with this studio is a MAJOR understatement!

Name: Mr. Boddington’s Studio
Location: New York City (118 East 28th to be exact)

What do you do?: We are old world stationers

What is your aesthetic? A lot of cha cha cha goes along with Mr. Boddington’s design. Some days he adores hand-drawn graphics dipped in bright cheery colors, other days he is fixated on vintage Shanghai tea-room wallpaper. Today he wants everything to be in a black, marigold and india (a muted Tiffany’s blue) color story. Regardless, there always tends to be a historic wink to his work.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Weddings are one of the last ceremonial celebrations in our culture. Thank goodness we were clever enough to hold onto them! It is our job to create wedding correspondence that make our brides giddy with delight. To get there, we do a lot of listening to our clients. Somewhere in their vision always lies the perfect idea for paper.

Favorite part of your studio? There is a culture here beyond stationery. Last week, our production director and a designer had a bake off… they each made these spectacular peach tarts and the rest of the team voted a winner (it was actually a tie). I love that the staff gets a kick out of one another beyond their working day.

Where do you go for inspiration? I just had a baby boy and have been rereading some classic children’s books. I am finding some masterful illustration among the 1960s set… M. Sasek, Jean de Brunhoff and HA Rey. That darling Babar puts me over the moon.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I would answer I CAN live without FaceBook but people keep telling me it is a necessity. Okay, so I will trust them. I would say that we cannot live without music or the radio (NPR). We are a whistle-while-you-work kinda studio.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Carrying a mobile phone is an upgrade for me. I am weepy for the days when there was one landline in the kitchen, call waiting and my mother always answered the line. It’s not that I am old, just that I enjoy being out of touch a little bit.

Anything else we should know? Mr. Boddington was my imaginary friend as a tot…. shhhh!

Rebecca Schmidt Ruebensaal, Proprietor
Mr. Boddington’s Studio
118 East 28th Street, No. 1014
New York, New York 10016
212.686.5953 (t)  866.596.0239 (f)

[images from Mr. Boddington’s Studio]

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Up Up Creative

blue and orange wedding invitation

Julie from Up Up Creative just released her collection of wedding invitations that are perfectly modern AND eco-friendly!

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modern orange wedding invitation

modern yellow and grey wedding invitations

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[images from Up Up Creative]

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Studio tour: Wiley Valentine

Name: Rachelle Schwartz and Emily Owen
Location: Southern California
Company: Wiley Valentine

What is your aesthetic? A new approach to all things vintage. We pride ourselves on offering a wide array of styles, and adore working with brides to create something completely custom as well. We definitely have a mix of modern and vintage.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I think our studio has a warm, homey feel to it. In the professional world we have established great relationships with retailers, brides and our employees. I would say our work environment is very fun, playful, we are like a big family. We all eat lunch together each day, laugh and sing all day. It’s important to keep things light and fun especially when things can get stressful and very busy.

Favorite part of your studio? I love the office I share with Emily. It has a comfy couch, a vintage chandelier and book shelves stocked with vintage books. I also love our inspiration boards!

Where do you go for inspiration? Vintage books, photographs, nature, travel. Sometimes i just need a good hike outdoors to clear my head and allow for the new ideas to flow in. I also have a book filled with collaged pages from old magazines. It provides a fabulous inspiration boost.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My bagasse notebooks from staples. It sounds simple but they are eco friendly notebooks made from sugar cane waste and I fill them with my ideas, daily tasks etc. I also can’t live without my iphone.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I would LOVE an ipad. It’s not like I really NEED one, it’s just so fabulous. And I would love a new office chair.

Anything else we should know? I (Rachelle) am expecting my first child in June! Very excited to become a mother. Always open to suggestions from other working moms on how to juggle the two though!

[images from Wiley Valentine]

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As some of you might already know, I’ve been very busy over the last couple of days putting together a recap of the 2010 National Stationery Show on Parcel Post. While at the show I was happy to discover some new wedding invitations I hadn’t seen before. First up is Gilah a letterpress line out of Baltimore. We carry the card line in the shop currently so I was glad to see her clean, modern aesthetic in the form of invitations.

Next is 42 Pressed. I’m loving the creative typography, the quirky fanciness and use of those fabric belly bands.

[images from Gilah Press + 42 Pressed]

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New invitations from NicStudio

The lovely Nicole Block of NicStudio has 5 new ready-made wedding suites coming out in June…they’re all pretty swell, but of course, I’m partial to the Brooklyn themed ones.  You can never have too much Brooklyn!

[images from NicStudio]

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