B Design “Tiny” Letterpress Cards

Let’s face it – stationary is an extremely personal item. It not only communicates something about yourself to your recipient, but also gives you the opportunity to forge a meaningful connection through the gesture. The problem however lies in selection. If your card is too loud, your message will be undermined by overly ornate imagery or ostentatious musings. Conversely, if it is completely blank, you run the risk of misleading your recipient into thinking you simply folded a piece of computer paper in lack of time or consideration. Luckily there is a middle ground.

B Design – Whale

For those of us who enjoy the handwritten part of a handwritten note, I suggest checking out the “tiny” cards from B Designs in Amesbury, MA. Each 3.25” x 5.25” card in this series is left predominantly blank, safe for a small letterpressed image on the front. This leaves the vast majority of the note free for personalization, which is the real point behind sending cards in the first place. Each card is made from recycled warm white stock and is printed by hand on at least one of the four Heidelberg “Windmill” presses in their studio. (I really love the fact that they’ve named each press: Greta, Rolf, Lilli, and Klaus).

B Design – Sand Dollar

Click the thumbnails below for some images of their “tiny” series and be sure to check out more of their work (including custom printing) at the B Design website.

Miansai’s “Hook” Bracelets

The accessory label Miansai offers some pretty phenomenal products (and not just because they make a 14K solid gold iphone case). Launched by designer Michael Saiger, Miansai developed a quick reputation for it’s signature nautical bracelets which embody an odd mix of the nostalgic and the timeless. Of course this depends somewhat on one’s  aesthetic, but with a plethora of colorways available to choose from, it is not hard to find the perfect piece.

Burgundy Leather with Rose Gold Hook

Navy Rope with Silver Hook

These bracelets are crafted from either custom military-grade rope or premium Italian leather straps. The most impressive aspect of this bracelet is the metal hook, which is pounded, formed, stamped, and polished by hand. Naturally this process leads to minor variations in size and contour, but that offers an added character and personality to each piece. All in all, It certainly beats scooping some plastic off of a conveyor belt.

Check out the video below which highlights the handiwork which goes into making the “Hook” bracelet.

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