So Noted: Green Chair Press Blog

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Before I fell in love with paper, I fell in love with books. I love to read them of course, but even more, I love to experience them as physical objects. Clearly Susan Angebranndt of Green Chair Press shares my obsession. Her blog is a rare treat – intelligent, straightforward, inspirational.

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Dwriving force

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Last week, I visited Chris Hope and Arlene Mayne at Design Within Reach’s corporate office in San Francisco. We chatted at Chris’s 9 ft. paper desk, d

esigned by Piet Boon, and talked of stationery {Strathmore}, staplers {Italian} and stores {everywhere}.

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Print Hint: The Reflex Blues

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At Mohawk, we love blue. Our corporate color is blue {PMS 661}, and Strathmore has long been synonymous with blue. The new Strathmore ream wrap is very blue {PMS 662 & PMS 279}. This means that I often find myself needing to print lots and lots of full-coverage blues. The problem is that most blues rub like it’s their job.

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exit libris

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I read. A lot. And I enjoy talking about the books I’m reading. My impromptu reviews must be fairly convincing, because most of these conversations end with, “I’d love to read that when you’re done.”. Which works for me, since I also love to share. My only challenge is that I usually end up promising the same book to several people. Not a big deal if the books make it back to me, but they rarely do. I don’t mind, really, but I do end up with a disappointed future reader once in awhile.

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Net gain

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Last Sunday, I attended an Earth Day celebration in Santa Barbara. The weather was glorious, the exhibitors were sunny, the crowd was happening – and hula-hooping. The reigning give-away was definitely recyclable grocery bags, primarily in shades of green. But the net bags I bought from French Basketeer are my favorite find. I was going to wait and write about them on May 31, which will be the company’s first birthday…

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So Noted: Scrapbooks

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Jessica Helfand has recently authored Scrapbooks: An American History. This richly illustrated book, published by Yale University Press, is the first to focus close attention on the history of American scrapbooks—their origins, their makers, their diverse forms, the reasons for their popularity, and their place in American cultural life.

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