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nuuna - notably nicer

With a huge array of designs printed on an interesting selection of cover materials, and its premium paper, the nuuna notebook range, manufactured in Germany by Brandbook, is quickly establishing itself as an indispensable icon for creative professionals and stationery lovers.

There are plenty of good quality notebooks around these days, but the quality of the paper, the attention to detail in the manufacturing, and the bold and striking cover designs set nuuna notebooks apart, and make sure they're notably nicer.

The Design

Not your everyday cover materials, nuuna notebooks are bound in jeans label material, bonded leather, sailing cloth, mirrored card, and just about anything else that feels or looks good, or tells a great story. Just being bound in interesting materials wasn't enough though, the designs printed onto the covers had to be something special too, resulting in a variety of bold, graphic, and unusual designs.

The Paper

The premium Munken Polar paper used in nuuna notebooks is a high-quality, uncoated, 90-120gsm, crisp white, FSC certified paper, that provides an incredibly smooth writing experience. It's produced in Munkedal, Sweden.

How does the Munkedal mill get such high-quality paper? Through a combination of people, processes and passion. For example, their paper master, Leif, supervises the 80 metre long paper machine, which produces 50,000 metres of paper an hour, and is so meticulous in his work that every 20 minutes he and his team hang a huge sheet of paper on the lightbox, to carefully check for any imperfections.

The smooth-writing experience comes from the uncoated paper, which allows the fibres within the paper, as well as the gaps between the fibres (a greater micro-porosity), to absorb ink. By absorbing solvents and pigments into the paper itself, the end result is a lower ink gloss than with coated papers, which leave more of the pigment on the surface of the page. Ideal for all types of ink, including fountain pen ink.

28 July 2014

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