We relied on trend-spotter Joanna Dreifus to bring back the best of the best from the 2011 Stationery show. Here's her report:
Every May, thousands of vendors, buyers, and "paper geeks" like myself descend on the Javits Center in New York City for the National Stationery Show, the largest trade show of its kind. The show features the newest and best of all things paper, from personalized stationery to handmade gift wrap to letterpress notecards. It's a great place to spot the latest trends, too. Here are 5 of my favorites:
1) Remember how owls were all the rage in design a few years ago? Well, they've been replaced by bicycles, robots, and city themes.
Bicycles wrapping paper (see main feature)
Robot thank you cards ($20 for set of 8 by Dempsey Press)
City cards by Hello Lucky Cards
2) People still love to design cards with snarky one-liners. Make sure the recipient of these cards is thick-skinned, or send at your own risk!
One-liner cards ($4) by McBittersons
3) When it comes to notecards, Letterpressed still reigns supreme. If you love thick, textured stationery, this is the category for you. Letterpressed designs--once considered rare-- have become de rigeur at stationery stores everywhere.
Wedding Sets by Fig 2 Design
4) Everyone's thinking pink. Ever since Pantone announced the pink-hued "Honeysuckle" as its color of the year, printers have run wild with every gorgeous shade of this color. It'??s one of my favorites.
Table cards by B.T. Elements
5) Zip codes are the new monograms. Personalized stationery has always been popular at the National Stationery Show, but customizing a notepad with someone's zip code makes it especially unique. Here's one for Barack and Michele. You'??ll be seeing more of these in 2011!
Zip code notepads by Dabney Lee
Joanna Dreifus write the shopping blog MyMomShops (www.mymomshops.com). A self-professed '??paper geek,'? she has covered the National Stationery Show at her blog since 2007. Momtrends was not paid for this post.