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My best planners for 2019

Perfect planner 2019

I love beautiful stationery and I thought it may be worth writing a post about my research for the perfect planner for 2019.

You see, I am old-school when it comes to stationery and I still use an analog planner for my everyday planning of my endless lists. For years, I used Filofax personal organizers, where I wrote my to-do lists and when I carried out my tasks, I took a certain pleasure in crossing them off with a black marker. In the end of each year I just discarded my old and used planner to replace it with a new one.

Inspiration

That is until I stumbled upon the concept of bullet journals and at the same time I discovered South Korean stationery! The whole idea was that the information entered in the planners could be organized better, while it could also look much better. As a result I could keep these beautiful planners as keepsakes. Of course, bullet journals were maybe too much for me, but I liked the idea of trying to make my planners more presentable and not a bunch of crossed-out lists.

Bullet journal examples

Examples of bullet journals

Examples of bullet journals

Fallindesign

A South Korean stationery online shop

 

How it all started

My research started in a South Korean stationery shop called Fallindesign. They have hundreds of beautiful journals, diaries and planners, with monthly, weekly or daily schedulers, either dated or undated. They come with cute stickers for grownups, which you can use to label each task accordingly. The only downside is that, they are not cheap and delivery takes a long time from S. Korea.

planner 2019

planners 2019

Stickers for planners

cute stickers

cute stickers

Go with the Flow

I was specifically looking for a well-designed weekly planner, but with extra space for notes. Another great product (in the South Korean style) that met my specifications is the Flow diary 2019. Great design, beautiful illustrations and hand-lettering, together with special stickers. But unfortunately it doesn’t have enough space for my lists.

Flow diary 2019

Flow diary inside

 

Flow diary week spread

More minimal maybe

After I selected a few items as a short list, I decided to look for planners with a more minimal design. I ended up with two very similar items.

One is the LEUCHTTURM1917 weekly planner and notebook, that features great colour choices for the cover and has a week shown on one page with an extra ruled notebook page on the other.

LEUCHTTURM1917 weekly planner

LEUCHTTURM1917 weekly planner

The other very similar planner is the Moleskine 12 Months Planner Weekly Notebook. It is conveniently formatted to show the week’s appointments on the left and a ruled page for notes on the right, but was soon rejected as a little boring.

Moleskine weekly planner 2019

The best choice for me

In the end, I found my “perfect” planner amongst the choices of the excellent Busy B online shop. The Perfect Planner Diary 2019 shows one week to a spread, with space for notes, and is also a great size, not too big and not too small. It has great design and paper quality with many-many extra little details (four pockets, tear-out reminder lists, great-looking stickers and a removable notepad). Τhe good price and the very fast delivery are extra bonuses.

Perfect Planner Diary 2019  Perfect Planner Diary week spread Perfect Planner Diary stickers

Wearable art by Nora Fok

Not sure if this is jewelry or wearable art, but they look stunning. UK-based Nora Fok uses modern materials like nylon, combined with knitting and weaving to create very delicate and fragile-looking pieces.

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How to overcome smartphone addiction

Vienna-based designer Klemens Schillinger has created a set of “substitute phones” for smartphone-addicts. Instead of a touchscreen, there is only a series of stone beads to use for swiping and scrolling.

The School of Life created Phone Detox, a palm-sized book filled with insights, ideas and meditations about the complex relationship we have with our phones.

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Erasers print by Lisa Congdon

This is a photograph by Lisa Congdon. Lisa is basically a great illustrator, but she also likes to collect things, so here she has captured items from her own eraser collection, beautifully arranged by color.

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The Uncomfortable by Katerina Kamprani

The Uncomfortable is a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani.  When you observe them, they look funny at first, but after a while they seem so frustrating!

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Wooden artworks by Jui-Lin Yen

Funny little wooden figures and animals, that also double as vases or key hooks, designed by Taiwanese artist Yen Jui-Lin.

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Paper art by Tayfun Tinmaz

Tayfun Tinmaz is an artist from Istanbul, who creates these amazing birds and fruit paper artworks. Just beautiful!

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3-D pedestrian crossing in Iceland

In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður in Iceland, a new 3-D pedestrian crossing has been painted with the intention of slowing down speeding cars.

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The Apollo 11 table

French design studio Harow used digital files from the NASA archives to design a table that replicates the real topology of the moon’s surface. The Apollo 11 Table is created with amazing detail by fiberglass and resin. Love it!

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Ikea for pets

IKEA has launched LURVIG, a pet focused collection! They look so much like miniature IKEA furniture! Hopefully they will soon be available in Greece too.

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