Creation of Wallpaper* Blue

James Cropper, one of the UK's oldest paper companies, introduces Wallpaper* blue, the new colour developed by creative director Sarah Douglas.

The new hue – an unusual dark petrol blue – first made its appearance in a slightly different form when Sarah specified a palette of 12 new colours as part of Wallpaper*’s 2013 redesign. ‘I wanted to develop it further,’ she explains, ‘and the opportunity to work with James Cropper came at just the right time.’

The family-owned company, founded in 1845 and based in the Lake District village of Burneside, is one of the world’s leading producers of coloured and specialist papers, and works with many of the biggest brands in fashion and design – but this is the first time they’ve developed a bespoke paper for a magazine. ‘It’s been a really fruitful collaboration,’ Sarah says, ‘and I’ve loved meeting people who are so passionate about what they do.’

Working closely with current chairman Mark Cropper and his colour specialists, Sarah explored the possibilities of the existing blue, and ended up taking it in a subtly new direction. As she says, ‘The new Wallpaper* paper colour may look at first glance like a dark, almost navy blue, but it also contains a surprising amount of yellow, which gives it added richness and warmth. It feels modern and has a certain austerity, but it’s also a strong colour that to me feels very Wallpaper* and really reflects the strength of the brand.’

The new paper colour is already being used for all Wallpaper* stationery, but there are also plans afoot to launch a range of Wallpaper* notebooks in the same hue: watch this space.



NY Public Radio Calendar by Vote for Letterpress

Five year old letterpress studio Vote for Letterpress, tasked with creating a calendar for New York Public Radio, hit this one out of the park with this intricate print on Coventry Rag.  In their words:

3-color split fountain? Check.

Intricately detailed illustration by Felix Sockwell? Check.
2,000 posters, printed one at a time on our hand-cranked Vandercook SP-20? Check mate.

This was one of the most challenging jobs we’ve printed. There’s a crazy amount of detail in this poster, and while tight registration of the colors wasn’t critical, it was still important to get it pretty close. Press preparation (called makeready) took 3 days alone before we were ready to print the black plate. Total press time probably neared 40 hours. 

We're big fans of people who love paper and VFL has our vote.


Legion Paper Presents Mirri Sparke


"All American" by Ganzeer

Congratulations to Ganzeer on his first US show at the Leila Heller Gallery here in NYC. You can experience it now through Feb 21st.


New Ghost Perfume Gift Boxes made with Mirri Sparkle

Originating from a British fashion house, Ghost was created in 1985 by Tanya Sarne – an aspiring designer who possessed an indisputable eye for the changing demands in how women wanted to dress. Following her success, in 2000 the first signature fragrance was born; Ghost the Fragrance. Now, with a total of 9 fragrances in the collection – Ghost have released 5 30ml special gift sets in time for the 2014 Christmas period.

After purchasing a glittering handbag and remarking on its ‘sparkle’ effect, the team behind the design of the new Ghost gift boxes went to Falconer Print & Packaging for advice on sourcing a material to match the effects.

The high quality metallic film is laminated to a premium white backed folding box-board. The surface of the film is treatable with print, as well as other print finishing options, from foil blocking to screen processes, enabling customers to create extremely attractive and unique options.

As well as the new Mirri Sparkle, Falconer also used Mirri Pak Silver supplied as folding boxboard, printed in 5 different shades, to create the outer packaging.