LIFESTYLE - EDITORIAL
Moleskine Notebooks and Planners
LIFESTYLE - EDITORIAL
by Beren Dere
We have things that make our lives easier and therefore we always carry them with us. Yes, even though we have state-of-the-art smartphones right now, they're no more effective than a notebook to immortalize ideas that suddenly come to our minds. You can write to your notebook, take small notes, or draw small sketches, and you can access them all at any time. You can also benefit from planners to make your life more organized. And of course, you want both notebooks and planners to be stylish and functional. Since its inception in 1997, Moleskine has been producing paper products such as notebooks and planners to make the lives of its users easier.
Moleskine is a design and manufacturing company based in Milan, Italy, founded by Francesco Franceschi and Maria Sebregondi. The company, which was first introduced as Modo & Modo, continued production under the brand name Moleskine after 1997. Moleskine designed and presented notebooks which were modernized traditional notebook design with small touches. Rounded corners, hardcovers, ivory-colored pages, elastic bands, and ribbon bookmarks are the most prominent features of Moleskine notebooks. This type of products has received great admiration, and the brand soon appeared on the shelves of stationery stores worldwide with notebooks and planners.
Moleskine takes care of the combination of aesthetics and quality in its products. It also prioritizes environmental factors and uses acid-free paper in its products and prefers FSC-certified raw material sources. Acting with ecological awareness, Moleskine also supports different social responsibility projects such as (RED). It carries out these processes within the Moleskine Foundation and also conducts studies in the field of education. It supports different programs to enable young creatives to demonstrate their talents at some of the leading art schools around the world such as Domus Academy (Milan), Tonji University (Shanghai), Parsons School of Design (New York), New York University, School of Visual Arts (New York), and Bilgi University (Istanbul).
As of 2011, Moleskine decided to expand its product range and develop new products following the success of its stylish and functional paper notebooks and planners. Following this decision, Moleskine continued to grow with digital products, bags, lighting, electronic tool covers, pens, and similar stationery products that they designed and added to their portfolios. Moleskine, which sells its products in tens of thousands of stores in around 100 countries, is one of the brands that prove that the simple one can also succeed. We took a look at the Moleskine product range and brought together products from different categories and listed them to show the company's design and production approach. It is difficult to predict how important the information inside a small notebook can be, and those who use notebooks in their daily lives know this very well.
All photos courtesy of Moleskine