designjunction ✕ Papersmiths
Photo credit: Mark Ashbee
In the second part of our new blog feature, designjunction caught up with Papersmiths co-founder Sidione Warren who shares all on her love of stationery and good design.
- Why Papersmiths?
Papersmiths exists to bring you beautifully designed stationery.
- What does design mean to you?
Good design marries form with function. I like it when I find that match.
- Where do you work the best?
A place with lots of natural light, peace and quiet, some greenery, a comfortable chair…and of course a good pen and notebook!
- What motivates you?
Feedback from Papersmiths customers and reading interviews/books with people who are pursuing their own ventures.
- What does Papersmiths bring to the design world that other brands don’t?
A beautiful, functional curation of stationery. I source our products from across the globe and in the past two years have visited New York, Berlin, Paris, London, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Barcelona and Stockholm in pursuit of stationery.
- What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt so far in your career?
I’ve learned so much.
Hire based on culture fit as much as qualifications.
Delegate – you can’t do it all.
Change the channel.
Moaning achieves nothing, positivity opens doors.
Pause. Triple check. Do, do, do.
- What do you wish you’d designed?
The mechanical pencil by Furst und Iven. It houses a nifty sharpener in the end of itself for on-the-go sharpening.
- Why designjunction?
I’m looking forward to meeting the other brands and engaging with London’s design community. Shout out to Kirsty at Tom Pigeon who I’m particularly excited to meet!
Photo credit: Morgane Bigault
Quick fire questions
- Traditional or contemporary? Contemporary
- Instagram or Twitter? Instagram
- Sketchbook or computer? Sketchbook – always!
- Form or function? Function
- Early bird or night owl? Early bird
- Favourite design product? Drawings holder by L’Atelier d’Exercices
- Best spot in London? Greenwich Observatory
- Best place to get away? My pals Hannah and Ted live in a cottage in Topsham. It’s idyllic.
- Best restaurant? Bistronomy, Napier, NZ
- Best hotel? Hotel Michelberger