Simplicity, usefulness, and community: these are the three design principles of Baronfig, one of our beloved brands at The Paper Mouse.
Baronfig started in 2013 as a Kickstarter project between friends Adam Kornfield and Joey Cofone, who couldn’t find the notebook they were looking for and set out to make it themselves. They decided to crowdsource ideas about what makes a great sketchbook or notebook, and then turned the feedback they received into a brand new notebook, the Confidant. Their simple, high-quality hardcover notebook was an instant success.
Today, they still place that same high value on crowdsourcing and customer feedback, keeping an open dialogue with users of their products and taking comments to create stationery that meets people’s needs. They’re a completely independent, employee-owned company that stays focused on product design.
The Paper Mouse first started carrying Baronfig products in 2017 after we met them at a trade show. We liked their colorful notebooks, thoughtful packaging, and environmental commitment to planting one tree for each Confidant notebook they sell. Now we look forward to each new product they create, from new colors of their classic notebook to limited editions of their smooth-writing pens to useful desk accessories.
In addition to their useful everyday basics, like their hardcover and softcover notebooks, dot grid sticky notes, and yearly planner, one of Baronfig’s standout products includes their Squire rollerball pen, named New York Magazine’s best pen of the year in 2019. Its silky-smooth writing and streamlined design make it, deservedly, one of the best-selling pens in our shop.
We also love Baronfig’s unique themed guided journals, which provide structure to help you write about a particular theme. Among others, their Clear Habit journal helps you track your habits, and their Grow Daily journal has prompts and techniques to help you develop a journaling habit, while their Gather Review journal provides a template to help you write reviews of your daily activities, such as books you’ve read, movies you’ve watched, and foods you’ve eaten. We haven’t seen guided journals quite like these from anyone else.
Check out the Baronfig collection on our site to see some of their products, and follow us on social media for a special giveaway this week! One lucky winner will receive a brass Squire rollerball and pen stand.