"The cardboard covered notebook was caked in sawdust, from being placed so regularly between the wood plane and the discarded chips. It would to and from between the tools and the my father's workbench, which was in the basement. With his big red pencil, he would draw, trace and plan out his designs, then slide the pad in to the back pocket of his overalls."CALEPINO was born with the objective of offering these new sombre notebooks, inspired by professional notepads. Simple, practical and resistant, they can be stored in all pockets, or finding their place in a bag, allowing you to write down your words, your notes and your creations at anytime on 100% recycled paper. Calepino notebooks come in three different models and two sizes; it is also the last notebook to be made entirely on French soil. Practical, Calepino is developing it's new range bearing in mind the usefulness of the object; this way, you will find, in each notebook, helpful little tools. Like in a real logbook, Calepino has also brought out the 2CV pen (ballpoint) ant the Solex pencil; always resistant, elegant, and abstinent.
Neither Hemingway, nor Picasso, nor even Van Gogh ever used a Calepino notebook – and for good reason: CALEPINO is a product of today bearing a timeless surge of quality. Brought to us by Fabrice Richard, the Calepino project was the product of a simple research into functional blueprints. Therefore, after having seen Denmark and discovered a passion for Scandinavian design, the founder of Calepino went to work for a French diary company.
After a short spell of web designing, he found a love for paper creation. Thus, the Calepino notebook was born. A traditional yet technical notebook with an authentic vintage spirit. Doing this by privileging a local and responsible production. What guides him? The memory of those notebooks of his father's, and «to create things as I wish they already were;». He's helped on the design by Jenn Birdsall from Orlando.
What did we use to remember our thoughts, our ideas, what did we use to draw, to tell stories, to measure? Did we tie knots in our handkerchiefs? Did we write on the palms of our hands? Did we ask pieces of paper to memorize our ideas? We'll never know. All that we know is that we have to go right back to the 15th century to find the original CALEPINO, inspired by the Italian scholar Ambrogio CALEPINO (born in 1435, in Calepio, near Bergame – 1511).
This illustrated man devoted his entire life to the making of a multilingual dictionary, a fashionable concept in Europe at the time. But it was under the name of “Calepin” that he became famous in France, before the word “calepin” (notebook) came into common vocabulary, meaning “little book in which you can write down notes”.
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