L!FE is out there!

July 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

L!fe Writing Paper

L!fe Writing Paper

Calling all fountain pen users out there, L!fe stationery has landed in the UK. We have found this to be just perfect for use with fountain pens, L!fe handmade paper is an ideal companion for pen and ink. We have put this specialist paper through vigorous testing and the results are certainly positive.

Life Stationery Company was established in 1946 just outside Tokyo, Japan. The company has a passion for producing the finest quality stationery and fine papers for  all stationery lovers and the connoisseur. Their papers are made in the traditional method used since their inception, all made and bound by hand by a handful of artisans. Hence the end product is of a sublime quality. As functional pieces, whatever you choose from the range, you are guaranteed to have a pleasurable experience in its form and utility.

Life collaborate with various other traditional Japanese industries, in particular the textile sectors to come up with fabric covers for their notebooks. The Pongee notebooks are really quite serene.

Japanese Haiku Juraku Pongee Notebook

Japanese Haiku Juraku Pongee Notebook

As are the Japanese Woven notebooks in various sizes.

L!fe Woven Notebook

L!fe Woven Notebook

The Yuzen paper covered Haiku Notebooks are covered with very pretty papers with traditional  Japanese motifs.

Yuzen Haiku Notebooks

Yuzen Haiku Notebooks

We have already started using some of the notebooks and typewriting paper ourselves here at Raw Dice. We feel that L!fe stationery complements our Japanese product range very well and carries through our love of all things Japanese and exceptional precision and high quality. We are planning a big trip over to Japan next year, but for now we are happy to indulge in all our gorgeous Japanese goodies.

Hope you can share in our passion.


Next time you are in Seoul…

May 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Zero per Zero Seoul Studio

Zero per Zero Seoul Studio

Zero per Zero, the Korean young and vibrant graphic design studio have opened a flagship store in Seoul. Visit their website for more details www.zeroperzero.com.

However, we appreciate it’s a long way to go to get your City Railway System maps. So, we have shipped them over to make life a bit simpler. Here is a selection of what you can find down at  Raw Dice.

New for 2013, Paris! It’s just arrived. We think that it is quite special, you decide.

Paris Railway Poster by Zero Per Zero at raw dice

Paris Railway Poster by Zero Per Zero

Paris Poster

Paris Poster


Detail from Paris poster

Seoul Railway System

Seoul Railway System Map

New York subway map

New York subway map

Tokyo Railway System

Tokyo Railway System Map

Osaka Railway System Map

Osaka Railway System Map

We also have a selection of City Maps that are a handy size to fit into a handbag or pocket, so no need to carry the poster around with you. Please note that due to copyright restrictions we cannot sell the London maps. Such a shame!

City Maps

City Maps

New York tape is on special offer at the moment.

New York Subway tape

New York Subway Tape

New York  Subway Tape

New York Subway Tape

Wonderful stationery

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Just had to share some of our new stationery. Brass stencils and pencil add to our brass stationery range from Japan, funky silicon notebooks (which are really really difficult to stop playing with!) are proving popular already, fine designs for the Japanese pencil cases and new Gustave notebooks and pouches.

We also have some great new additions in MT Tape include some children’s tapes which are fab based on the great packaging alone and of course a perfect fit for stockings! The site now has a wider selection of MT Tape, we are still striving to deliver great value as well as top quality here at raw dice… I’m busy busy in run up to Christmas (busy on blinds for flat – so more on that pain later!). Hope you like new stock… needless to say more coming including restock and additions to brassware from Futagami.

One brass mind

August 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Raw Dice - photo David E Baker

Shop fittings have always interested me and recently I happen to come across shelves made from copper piping. Can’t remember where it was, but anyway, I have mentally filed the idea away, to be used at a future date in some flat or house somewhere.

It is a shame that David will not totally let me loose on the Shoreditch flat. “Less is more” is all he ever seems to utter! Small brass items are easier to get past him and through the door though! We are in need of a Guest Book in the Shoreditch flat, for feedback of ideas for improvement etc. David got creative and sewed on the Brass Midori labels to the Cavallini Leather Journals that we sell on Raw Dice. Did I mention that we doing occasional letting of the flat through a company called One Fine Stay? More on this later.

Midori Brass Label sewn on Cavallini Tan Leather Journal

Turning Japanese: here and now

June 20, 2012 § 1 Comment

japanese brass fine ballpoint pen (packed)

In the Baker household we are obsessed with all good things Japanese. At home, we have a multitude of origami paper, on Raw Dice we stock copious amounts of MT tape in various colours and have recently added various types of Japanese stationery to our list. I think we are naturally drawn to the ethos of Japanese design. It seems that our purchasing decisions for Raw Dice are pretty biased towards finding objects that we like to have in our home and work environment. I would describe our style as not so much as ostentatious but we aim to be as honest as possible. A product to be of good quality is always paramount to us as individuals. I think we are naturally drawn to clean and simple lines, with a view of the aesthetic.

I am no expert on Japanese design but it seems that cultural differences are prominent in all aspects of Japanese aesthetics . Theories behind Japanese design are based on 7 principles of Kanso, Fukinsei, Shibui, Shizen, Yugen, Datsuzoku and Seijaku.

Isabella, who is our budding craft maker is always busy making origami boxes, cranes, frogs etc. At the age of 11, she is already pretty entrepreneurial, having set up stalls on a couple of occasions to raise money for good causes. Selling  origami boxes filled with sweets is always a hit with her client base!  MT tape gets used to make pencil cases and books etc. Once we have a good art and craft portfolio, I shall post some of her creations here.

Here are some new stylish products we have in stock, which include pens, kraft envelopes, rulers, pencil cases, notebooks and brass implements such as number clips, label and index plates.Visit the website (Raw Dice) to see the full range.

Japanese brass ballpoint pen

Midori Kraft envelopes – set of 6

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