Design inspiration: Korean stationery

August 6, 2014

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Korean stationery (similar to Japanese stationery) is known for being very cute, colourful and sometimes just strange! There’s also often some very bad translating going on with the English wording. This is all part of the kitsch cuteness of Korean stationery, and I think sometimes they do it on purpose!

Back in New Zealand I loved really simple, monochrome stationery but since living in Korea for almost a year, I’ve come to love colour and cute things a lot more! Korean stationery is so much more interesting than normal stationery, and makes you smile whenever you look at it. It may not always be very office-appropriate, but why not have fun at home when you’re taking notes?!

My favourite styles of Korean stationery are:

  • floral patterns
  • vintage dolls or girls
  • cats
  • other cute animals
  • polka dots
  • awkward happy English sayings
Cat Schedule by 2YoungDesign, Poom
Cat Schedule by 2YoungDesign, Poom

 

Dreami cloud cushion diary by Lightree
Dreami cloud cushion diary by Lightree, Poom

 

Large patterned fold-out notebook by Book Friends, Poom
Large patterned fold-out notebook by Book Friends, Poom

 

korean stationery
Seize the day planner by Iconic, Gmarket

 

Animal sticky memos by 2Young, Fallindesign
Animal sticky memos by 2Young, Fallindesign

 

 

All my teenage girls have these. Love the vintage doll illustrations! Multi pencil pouch by Paper Doll Mate, MyKimchi4U
All my teenage girls have these. Love the vintage doll illustrations! Multi pencil pouch by Paper Doll Mate, MyKimchi4U

 

I just can't resist a sad cat! Nabi felt pencil case by Pleasant Play Pleple, MyKimchi4U
I just can’t resist a sad cat! Nabi felt pencil case by Pleasant Play Pleple, MyKimchi4U

 

Big bling pen by Choo choo, MyKimchi4U
Big bling pen by Choo choo, MyKimchi4U

 

Fabric washi tape by Daily Like, MyKimchi4U
Fabric washi tape by Daily Like, MyKimchi4U

 

My kids love these, you can unwrap them and write tiny letters inside. Gomawar, Gmarket
My kids love these, you can unwrap them and write tiny letters inside. Gomawar, Gmarket

 

Because every card should look edible... ice cream cards by 2YoungDesigns, Poom
Because every card should look edible… ice cream cards by 2YoungDesigns, Poom

 

What do you think of Asian stationery? Do you like any of these? Let me know!

 

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