My family spent a February holiday weekend in Munich, and while we had a great time walking all over the city, I must confess that in my planning I was most excited about finally having the chance to visit Papierladen, the retail outlet for the utmost in utilitarian luxe® stationery, Carta Pura. Papierladen is a meticulously curated boutique, replete with beautiful papers for gift wrapping, book binding, and writing as well as the perfect minimalist planner, practical-yet-gorgeous office and desk supplies, and an eclectic range of ephemera. The shop packs a lot of visual stimulation into a relatively small space — there is an entire wall devoted to their range of Carta Varese papers, and it commands your attention while you contemplate the merits of the various patterns. Vera Schwamborn, a long-time employee who serves as Carta Pura’s wholesale and public relations liaison, graciously gave me a tour of the shop: after years of exchanging emails, it was lovely to finally meet her in person! After our chat, I spent a bit of time poking through the displays and shelves, carefully considering which little treasures would make the trip home to London. Once I’d decided, my assortment of goodies was carefully wrapped, my bill calculated and documented — on a gorgeous handwritten receipt, naturally — and I was ready to take on Munich, paper souvenirs in hand. A sampling of my “take”, including Carta Pura’s business card and receipt, is pictured below. You’ll notice, glassine envelopes are my weakness at the moment, but I must confess, I also bought some ribbon to add to my ever-growing collection: it was simply too pretty, and special, to pass up.
all photos by jane potrykus, with the exception of the green till photo, which is courtesy of (and copyrights to) carta pura. for a set of larger pictures from my visit to carta pura, see my flickr set.