Arguably the fine stationery capital of the world, not to mention home to a ubiquitous design aesthetic that’s both quirky and refined, Tokyo unsurprisingly has more than a few fabulous printing houses dotted about the city. With so much competition, standing out from the crowd is no mean feat, so when you discover a company like Winged Wheel, that’s been in operation for almost a century, and whose products are to this day featured in leading style publications such as Wallpaper*, Inside Out and Elle, you know you’ve found the cream of the crop.
Embracing the best of old and new, Winged Wheel specialises in producing delicate, high-quality cotton-fiber paper, tougher traditional Japanese washi paper made from mulberry trees and used for origami (paper folding), shodo (calligraphy) and ukiyo-e (painting), as well as myriad modern-day products like greeting and business cards, letterheads, wedding stationery, envelopes and even book sleeves. Every botanical, animal, and pattern motif embossed on the products is done so using manually-carved brass plates, and the bright page edging is hand-tinted, making their craftsmanship some of the most elaborate and beautiful you’re likely to find anywhere. And the best news? All items are fully customisable, so your communication can bear both the personal and Tokyo touch. Domo!