[Alyson Kuhn] My new stationery, envelopes and note cards live in luxury. I commissioned serious but sensuous houses for them in trade from Bari Zaki, bookbinder, box-maker, and envelope-folding protégée of impeccable skill and infinite ingenuity.
[Alyson Kuhn] As part of my Strathospheric new stationery suite, I decided a second edition of crested notepads was in order. Herewith the provenance of my original crest: A couple of years ago, my friend Michael O. offered to design a birthday party invitation for me. I had already planned to type each invitation on onion skin, so I said, No, thank you, but could you design me a crest instead?
[Alyson Kuhn] I am so thrilled to have vermilion envelopes for my stationery, that I decided to proclaim my delight right on the flap. It says: ¶Oh, lòók, it’s mail from Alyson Kuhn. ¶This Monarch envelope is made of Strathmore Americana. The color was never called Vermiliana, but could have been. Regardless, Americana has not been made in years. ¶This batch of envelopes was intentionally folded inside-out, an inspiration by my friend Frances back in the mid-90s. Note the laid pattern inside on the 45º angle. ¶My return address is Post Office Box 277, Napa, California 94559-0277.
[Alyson Kuhn] My letterhead and second sheet are Monarchs, measuring 7.25 x 10.5 inches. I have always loved this size, and not just because of the name. Some people also refer to this as “executive size.” I like the proportions, and the fact that the folded sheet nests nicely in its envelope, which is 7.5 inches wide. Logical, cozy, elegant. (Let’s not get me started on the flabby fit of 8.5 x 11 paper inside a #10 envelope.)
[Alyson Kuhn] Today, I would like to show off my AOK business cards, OK? Strictly speaking, AOK is not my monogram, or even my moniker. (My middle initial is R.) The O is a wingding that my friend and design guardian angel Michael Osborne sent me.
[Bari Zaki] My life revolves around my desk. It’s the first place I go in the morning, and the first place I go when I get home. The desk itself connects me to what I believe is most important, in a word: writing – whether it’s my list for the day, a letter to a friend, or a jot, a scribble, a reminder.