Crafted for Lexus

Crafted for Lexus: Ito Bindery paperware

Crafted for Lexus is an exclusive curation of contemporary lifestyle products available at Intersect stores and other Lexus outlets worldwide. The items are produced in collaboration with traditional artisans and emerging designers, with the expressed aim of delivering fresh interpretations on classic products, in harmony with the Lexus spirit of craftsmanship.

In this series we focus on individual products within the Crafted for Lexus collection, continuing with…

Ito Bindery

Crafted for Lexus: Ito Bindery drawing pads and memo blocks

For more than 80 years and three generations, the Ito family has run a paperware business from the Sumida neighbourhood of Tokyo, Japan. Ito Bindery was initially known for notebook binding and the production of catalogues and leaflets. The company’s smooth cuts and perfect edges were renowned within the industry, and these hallmarks inspired third-generation owner Masaki Ito to develop a range of high-quality consumer paper products.

Masaki’s idea was to gather offcuts that would otherwise be wasted during catalogue production and repurpose them into small drawing pads and memo blocks – all crafted using traditional methods and as perfectly cut as customers had come to expect.

Ito Bindery

It seemed such a simple idea, yet Ito’s elegant execution led to the products winning a Good Design Award and being endorsed by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA. Today, these drawing pads and memo blocks are Ito Bindery’s best-selling items, and the versions available within the Crafted for Lexus range are exclusive in being produced with a premium black base and higher quality paper.

Products available: Ito Bindery drawing pad (A4, A5 or A6 size) in white or grey; Ito Bindery memo block in white or grey

Ito Bindery

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Look out for the next post in our examination of the Crafted for Lexus collection, which will focus on One Kiln’s four-piece plate set.

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