Our Favorite Moleskine Collaborations

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Over on the Print website, Michael Silverberg looks at the analog success of Italian notebook publisher Moleskine:

The company’s masterstroke was capitalizing on the link between the notebooks and icons such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Hemingway, who used similar-looking ones long before the brand existed. The lineage strained credibility (“It’s an exaggeration,” one of the company’s founders told The New York Times in 2006), but it was genius. It offered what you might call the transitive property of creativity—the illusion that the only thing separating your doodles from Kandinsky’s is nicer paper stock. […] Even though Moleskine’s connection with Hemingway and the like is mostly a founding myth, the company has allied itself with an impressive crop of contemporary creative types. Artists, designers, writers, and architects from Maira Kalman to Dave Eggers have readily put their own Moleskines on display as part of the company’s traveling Detour exhibitions.

See a collection of some of our favorites below. Read the full article here.

Aldo Cibic

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Ginette Caron

Dave Eggers

Lou Reed

Maira Kalman

Paula Scher

Antonio Marras

Giovanni Sollima

Giuseppe Amato

Karim Rashid

Kengo Kuma

Massimo Vitali

Naotu Fukazawa

Toshiko Mori

Atsumi Chien

Azusa Takasada

Jun Hattori

Kaori Yamaya

Katsura Takasuka

Ryoichi Kato

Sayumi Fukushima

Shinji Morishita

Tomoko Suetake

Read the full article here.