Taking home the LaunchPad Award!

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected winners of the LaunchPad competition, part of this year's London Stationery Show. Described as  a "product/service design competition open to new stationery suppliers looking to break into the booming design-led stationery market" our golden designs were judged by an industry panel from across the world and we are beyond honoured to have made the final 12 chosen to exhibit this year.


Including The Curious Department' the other 11 winners, who were chosen from just over 50 entries, are:

Octàgon Design – a company based in Barcelona producing a range of planners and calendars featuring a pared back minimalist design style.

Back Pocket Notebooks – a premium quality range of pocket notebooks that are designed in Oxfordshire by Justin Avery to inspire and educate.  The niche design range so far covers Web, Space, Cricket, Guitars and will expand to cover the Solar System and Color Theory.

Clipmatic – A Bristol based company which has a patent pending for their minimalist organiser that works with any spiral bound notebook, regardless of size, which are ideal for individual use or easily customised for promotional or corporate use.

Regiftwrap™ – Currently available in six classic colours Regiftwrap is reusable gift wrap which maintains its good looks regardless of the number of times is it used. Each sheet is stored in its own reusuable gift tin, soft to handle, tear-resistant and handles sticky tape with ease!

Yo Boki – Inspired by Japanese kawaii culture, this first UK collection of Boki products will feature greeting cards, wrapping paper, notebooks, stickers, collector’s pin badges and its own activity pack and gift wrap set.  It’s time for the UK to claim its own kawaii character and Boki (a little pink heart) is set to start its own wave of positive vibes for children of all ages.

VAU – This premium range of desktop accessories designed in Croatia is refined, understated and made from solid metal. Each piece is designed in-house and combines both traditional and contemporary technologies, with a meticulous final touch from VAU’s craftsmen.

How Funny – This large range of greeting cards and prints are the work of Jez How, based in Brighton.  His unique style is bright, striking and eye-catching with every design accompanied with a funny caption and a great coloured envelope!

Type and Story – A ‘contemporary paper goods brand’ with a graphic design twist founded by London-based graphic designer Niccy Iseman.  Type and Story operates as a mini fashion house, creating two ‘stories’ every year (spring/summer and autumn/winter) that are always different but always use typography and storytelling.  The range includes notebooks, cards, notecards and wall prints.

Not Only Polka Dots – Fun prints and cute illustrations are used across notebooks, planners, calendars, clipboards, pencils, pencil cases and greeting cards. Designed in Huddersfield, many elements are currently handmade, so can be customised easily, but in all cases production can be scaled up to meet demand.

High Meadows Stationery – A range of beautiful pencil cases and desk accessories crafted to perfectly accompany other high-quality stationery pieces. Transparency regarding heritage, provenance and workmanship, along with the use of classic materials such as waxed cotton and vegetable-tanned leather, all sourced in the UK and designed in Bolton, make these items unique and desirable.

BATCH.WORKS – HEX is a new modular system to arrange your workspace ensuring everything you need is always to hand.  Made from a combination of solid wood and 3D printed magnetic accessories, Hex can be customised with over 50 colours available to choose from.  Designed and made in East London.