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Marjolein Delhaas

Design | December 8, 2019 |

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Graphic Designer Marjolein Delhaas launches C365, a year round collection

Besides a beautiful new range of 2020 planners, Marjolein Delhaas launches collection 365, a range of products you can start using every day, and year-round. No dates, no limits, providing a basic functional layout for any sort of content or any way of use. With this elegant new line Marjolein Delhaas extends her collection with beautiful every day objects. The objects are designed keeping in mind they should be both a great additional aesthetic and functional piece in your daily life, leaving you enough freedom to use it however and for whatever you want. The new year-round collection contains four fantastic paper objects. A To Do Block; An office must-have. 100 sheets with left pages for structuring your daily notes and right page for ticking off all your achievements in two washed out tones; Journal 365; possibly the most pleasing diary ever. A hefty chunk of white paper, each page simply marked with a black number.

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The cover is bound with a removable plastic protector which also features a front pocket; Weekly notepad just what you need for keeping track of tasks at home or work. Great for any space needing organisation from desk to kitchen counter. 100 sheets, front side printed with abbreviations for seven days of the week; Wall Planner 365; This large loose sheet planner Is an upgrade and replacement of the dated Wall Planner. Leaving the dates off gives the user the freedom to start planning and using this planner whenever, wherever. Marjolein Delhaas is a Rotterdam based graphic designer and a trendsetter in perfect designed pocket size planners, wall planners and desk pads. She strives to create work that is functional, but also attracts the eye.

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Her never-ending search for minimalism in layout, typography, paper and color results in work that can be described as raw industrial without ever losing a touch of refinement. Bold typography versus a thin elegant line. The persistence to analyse, organise and create systems evolved in 2008 in an annual collection of pared down planners. A playground to experiment with different techniques and materials results in clear, graphic and functional everyday systems, which also serves as objects that are exquisitely beautiful. Marjolein Delhaas‘ modest collection of refined paper goods is sold in stores around the globe. The collection is made with the finest paper and produced with the skills of local craftsmen only as durability, ecologically and fair production is important to us all. All products are printed and bound in the Netherlands, against fair prices and conform EU production standards. All paper used is FSC®-certified.

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Instagram interview Eva Sharo: Meet @marjoleindelhaas. A graphic designer who produces partially handmade, functional planners and notebooks. “I’m a graphic designer and I studied at St. Joost in Breda. The funny thing is I’m now starting to get to know the people, who if I would’ve studied in Rotterdam, would’ve gone to school with. You kinda know them through friends but if you go to school together, you can become this close-nit family. Which I did have in Breda. I can get nostalgic, very easily, to that time spent there. I feel nothing but joy thinking back to those days. In graphic design people can make intricate illustrations and graphic prints from nothing. I can’t. I always need a starting point, something that I can relate to. If I’m designing something for someone I need to find that certain thing that embodies that person. Sometimes it seems really simple but it always has an origin. Designing from only an aesthetic point of view can get really boring.

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If it looks good but has no heart, who cares? Archiving, systemising and bringing order to chaos is something I do find interesting. I find I can’t do my best work if there is chaos around me. “It’s good to start. You never complete your first idea, during the design process the idea evolves. Even by making a mistake you can discover something new. The planner may started as a side project, but has become a very serious endeavour. It started out as an experiment. I wanted to make books. When the crisis started it got very hard to find work at publishers. And I wanted to experiment with the binding, different kinds of paper and more materials. With that in mind I started to make notebooks. At the same time in Paris– approximately 10/11 years ago – the first Moleskins popped up and became really popular. I quickly discovered that i wanted to do something totally different. Typography wise Moleskin is so safe. So I started developing notebooks and someone asked me ‘Do you make planners as well?’ Within two weeks I did.

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“I started printing and binding the planner myself until I had about 35 copies, which sold out. That was very special as I didn’t expect it to happen. Since then ever year the volume more then doubles. Competition is always around the corner, which is great, it reminds you why you do it and it keeps you focused. You need to evolve. It has to stay fun and it has to be a little profitable. “I think supplying people with something that didn’t exist yet was important to me. And once I started to get offers from around the world, that was pretty huge. All of sudden you’re shipping to the US and Australia. I had to pinch myself when that happened. Because of all the time and effort you put into it, it’s rewarding. I have a tight grip on it because I want the quality of the product to remain and to endure. As for the future? I don’t think I would want it to be sold in a lot of shops, but to have it sold in a very nice store in every country would be a dream come true and a goal to work towards. It’s also a fear: how big and how far? Nevertheless I am an office supply geek so I can see myself adding things to the collection. We’ll see.


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