Whether you’re seeking out a card for somebody special or a beautiful notebook for all your beautiful ideas, we suggest you head straight for Ola Studio. An independent stationery label specialising in traditional, quality manufacturing, Ola’s unmistakably lovely aesthetic and considered approach to crafting new items has earnt it a special spot in our favourite stationers list.
Founded by creative Katy Goutefangea in 2014, Ola Studio is rooted in its dedication to a wonderful craft. Paper and print are enjoying a resurgence, its true, however despite how pretty something might look, where and how it’s made is equally important. Ola inspires us with its dedication to process, working only with local manufacturers and using time-honoured methods.
Katy’s background as a studio printmaker and bookbinder, with a deep interest in and knowledge of historical design and techniques, has shaped the Ola Studio ethos and its dedication to crafting perfect stationery in small batches. ‘Ola is about everyday items that have been designed and developed with patience’ says Katy. ‘The main aim is to create objects that people will enjoy using. I like the idea that time has been devoted to the production of even small, relatively simple items.’
Made with great attention to detail, hand-stitched notebooks and pads created with quality inks and rollers stand out in Ola’s offering; among our favourite items are beautiful cards, marbled pads and pastel prints with copper-toned foil detailing. Every item in the Ola store celebrates pattern, mostly influenced by architecture, abstract geometry and artists favoured by Katie, such as Sol LeWitt, Anni Albers and Donald Judd. These influences and the resulting products have earnt Ola’s gorgeous products a place in some of our favourite bricks and mortar stores, including Quill, TATE and Heal’s.
A brilliant destination for gifts, greetings cards, wrapping paper and lovely things with which to beautify your home and workspace, Ola Studio works with UK makers, hand printing tests in its London workshop before creating perfect designs with professional binders, printers and creatives. The love and care that goes into producing each and every item in the shop is truly inspiring and we’re head over heels for the marbled, spotted, foiled and softly-toned stationery in the Ola line-up.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth