I’m back from a whirlwind trip up to New York for NSS (that’s the National Stationery Show for you non-paper peeps). Basically it’s market for paper goods – buyers from all over the US (and the world) come to NSS to shop from the top paper designers. Everybody you can think of was there in the industry – everything from Crane & Co. to Sugar Paper to Rifle Paper Co. – and a ton of new-to-me finds as well.
So in a nutshell, it’s complete and utter design madness. (Additionally, I’m going to do a post later on why you should attend NSS if you’re a paper peep, and also how to survive it.)
I flew into NYC on Saturday evening and headed over to the W Hotel to drop off my stuff and dash around town a bit before meeting up with a bunch of Stationery Academy peeps at Bottega (YUM) on the UES. Then it was back to the hotel because I was completely zonked. Somewhere around midnight, my roomie Caroline got in from the ballet and we mumbled a hello/goodnight to each other.
Sunday morning began the show and it was up and at ‘em. I hopped the free shuttle over to the Javits Center, presented my credentials to be admitted, and boom. I was in.
Two seconds later, cue the feelings of overwhelmingness (is that a word?). It was probably about 10 rows in that I started to feel really brain fried about everything I was seeing. Can I be frank? Continue Reading →