Stationery has been playing an important but quiet role in our lives. As a student, stationery is a necessity, sometimes, even a little luxury. With the progress of technology, electronic products have gradually replaced the function of stationery to some extent. Nevertheless, stationery has developed a whole new meaning. In the age of digitalization, there is still a sound gently and firmly reminding us of the exquisiteness of stationery.
This time, Japanese stationery director Mr. Tadashi visited Taiwan for his new book release. Hence, during his stay in Play Design Hotel we had the chance to discuss the meaning of stationery with Mr. Tadashi from a different perspective. At the meantime, we have also curated an exhibition “Take a trip from stationery“ through which we invite guests to review the developmental traces of the stationery designed and manufactured in Taiwan from your own experiences.
Japanese Master of Stationery：Tadashi Tsuchihashi
Mr. Tadashi and his wife. Photographed at Local Fun Room at Play Design Hotel.
Mr. Tadashi is a stationery director who founded Pen-info.jp Consulting Office after working for a leading stationery trade show (ISOT). His job includes consultation for product planning and PR for stationery makers, planning stationery corner for retails shops and chains store. He also publishes a stationery web magazine and writes the columns of stationery from his own experiences of using.
“Stationery is the medium I use when I am thinking.“, said Mr. Tadashi. “I firstly use pen and paper when I am generating ideas, and then I use PC.” Although it is an extra step, handwriting allows me to record thoughts more flexible and more straightforward. However, the connection between people and stationery is different for everyone. As Mr. Tadashi emphasized, stationery is integrated into everyone’s life. With different life experiences, stationery will also have different shining moments.
What is an appropriate stationery? For Mr. Tadashi, the design of function is more important than stylish appearance. Due to the usage habits, usable for a long time is also an important criterion. As for the price, it should match the material used and workmanship. The lower price is not always better, yet the higher price does not indicate excellence. Last but not least, inexistence of products. This is a very special concept. Because of the high demand of concentration when writing, the smoothness of using might also be a disturbance.
Compared to Western countries and Japan, stationery industry in Taiwan started fairly late. While focusing on OEM at the early stage, there are more and more designer‘s brands of stationery coming out these years. Mr. Tadashi also shared some ideas of Taiwanese stationery with us. Like the brassing pen by Ystudio and the concrete pen by 22 design studio. Due to the interesting material used, they are very impressive. Mr. Tadashi thinks that the choice of material is very interesting and unique in Taiwanese design. As for the stationery shops, the must visit ones for Mr. Tadashi are Tools to Liveby and Plain Stationery. Although their products are mostly Japanese stationery, the way of displaying can always bring the freshness to Mr. Tadashi.
Among the stationery exhibited in Play Design Hotel, there are two attracts Mr. Tadashi’s attention – the mechanical pencil by ystudio, and the Align - twist ballpoint pen by Beyond Object. Mr. Tadashi commented, “When people see this kind of unbalanced design, they want to correct it. Designer rather understands people’s mind!”
玩味印象 - 503 在地瘋
Impressions on Local Fun Room
這次土橋先生選擇入住玩味旅舍的 503 房 - 在地瘋，以台灣傳統工藝及自然素材提供了旅客近距離接觸台灣設計的機會。土橋先生認為現今的社會有太多的設計，而玩味旅舍的設計不會太吵雜，給人很舒服的感覺，非常放鬆，也因為這種舒服的感覺，很適合來這邊 Long stay。
This time, Mr. Tadashi’s choice of room is 503 - Local Fun, which provides an opportunity for travelers to touch and feel the traditional Taiwanese crafts and natural materials. Speaking of the image of Play Design Hotel, Mr. Tadashi thinks there is too much design nowadays, but the design here is not too noisy and makes people feeling comfortable and relaxed.
Mr. Tadashi has selected 3 impressive furnishings in the room
Through this insightful interview, we have the chance to revisit the meaning of stationery and discover the different faces of Taiwanese design. In this busy world, the exquisiteness of stationery brings the sense of stability. And, in the balance of innovation and practicality, we believe Taiwanese design will walk a unique way in the world.