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The Papersmith Series — Elliot and Samantha Stocks

The Papersmith Series — Elliot and Samantha Stocks

As Issue 8 begins its journey into shops, bookshelves, and people’s eagerly awaiting hands, how would you describe the Lagom journey so far? [ELLIOT] It's been great, but, like most things, has its ups and downs. I think it took us until about #6 to really find out feet and to work out what it was we were doing — and doing differently from other folks. That's why we did a sort of soft relaunch for that issue. But now, with #8, we feel like this is actually the best issue yet — the most accurate representation of everything we're...

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The Papersmith Series — Phil Landers, London

The Papersmith Series — Phil Landers, London

The story of how chocolatier Phil Landers got into chocolate is all sorts of enlivening. It’s a tale that tells us how a break from routine, getting a new perspective and not being afraid to throw yourself into a new skill can really work wonders.It all began when he went travelling, but even when he was back on terra firma, his obsession only skyrocketed. After working with pioneers of the artisanal movement, Mast Brothers, Phil moved into an old furniture makers workshop in Bethnal Green and Land Chocolate was born. Over the last few years this movement has gained hype,...

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The Papersmith Series – Cecilia Börjesson and Cathrine Hansen, Stockholm

The Papersmith Series – Cecilia Börjesson and Cathrine Hansen, Stockholm

Cecilia and Cathrine are the beaming sister act behind one of our favourite new brands, Pretty Paper. Together, they create notebooks, greetings cards and writing paper, and run a bespoke wedding stationery service, all from their design studio in Stockholm. It was only three years ago that the pair decided to become colleagues. They had complementary skills and experience, Cecilia in graphic design and Cathrine in fashion, and combined with their shared lifetime love of pattern, design and stationery, it became a very natural collaboration. Hand-painted patterns in sumptuous shades swirl upon paper with both playfulness and sophistication. Pretty Paper’s...

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The Papersmith Series - Andy and Jane Shannon | Minneapolis

The Papersmith Series - Andy and Jane Shannon | Minneapolis

Bench Pressed cards are the ones we collect in bulk with no particular occasion in mind, saving them up for a rainy day, for any moment to put a smile on someone’s face.* Andy and Jane are the husband and wife team who own and operate Bench Pressed. The letterpress business was born out of their mutual love for stationery, illustration and design and was officially launched in 2013. Their hand-printed greetings cards are defined by hand-printed type, vivid colour, and above all, a big bundle of wit. This playful and authentic aesthetic comes as a result of hours of...

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The Papersmith Series – Matthew Berkson and Marie de Petit Thouars | Los Angeles, California

The Papersmith Series – Matthew Berkson and Marie de Petit Thouars | Los Angeles, California

Matthew and Marie are true scent savants. Together they run Maison Louis Marie, creating luxury fragrances, candles, oils, skincare, and most recently, a collection of leather goods.Marie’s fascinating family history of botanical discovery and memories of a childhood in Belgium inspire their blends. Today the pair work from Downtown Los Angeles, composing unique, floral scents that are delicate yet captivating - fresh citrusy top notes are complemented by musky undertones, with characterful aromas of eucalyptus, bergamot, jasmine and tuberose featuring too. Their soy candles and perfume oils instill a little bit of luxury and understated, contemporary elegance into the everyday....

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