Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thornwillow letterpress is so good you'll hang up the phone on your husband too

I was talking on the phone to my husband late last night (he's in business school in Philadelphia right now), and absentmindedly clicking through sites for decorative papers at the same time. Clicking onto Thornwillow, I suddenly stopped, unable to talk. I started to stutter. "Oh my! oh my!" I gasped. "I'm looking at a letterpress online that is really good. No: I mean, Really Good! Let's talk later! Bye!"

Check out a sampling of the custom monograms they offer-- almost as nuanced and as unusual as those offered by Leontine Linens...

The great thing about Thornwillow Press (other than the fact that Cynthia Kling, the woman who gave Domino the name "Domino," has praised them to the high heavens in Vanity Fair's July 2009 ed, I discovered today) is that they balance a lot of tricky extremes.

a) They do the "Letterpress Is Posh" thing oh so effortlessly... (love that lion like nobody's business)

b) They do the wry, tongue-in-cheek, ironic, "Letterpress can be Naughty" thing well too....(love their "spanking babies" set of note cards)...

c) & then, best of all, they do lots of OTHER things too-- charming things that are actually charming, (vs the too-gooey, the too-treacly, the too-sweet). I guess the best way to describe Thornwillow is that they seem to have been designed by someone who lives in a Sempé cartoon, and whose life is half-lived in tails, giving toasts--

and the other half, lived at the circus--

or in dreamy, teetering castles of books, shared with friends, in the air.

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Blogger KathyBaker24 said...

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4:30 PM  
Anonymous Rachel at Thornwillow said...

I chortled reading your blog on Thornwillow. I work at the Thornwillow factory in Newburgh and wondered if you had hidden cameras; your description of Luke Ives Pontifel, the owner was so accurate. Perhaps not top hat and tails for daily attire, but Luke certainly has an over worn leather patched cardi and is frequently seen with our factory cat strolling through the bindery or sitting at his desk alongside a stuffed owl with a rotating head. Please forgive me for shamelessly posting our site and do hope other folks will visit and enjoy our wares as much as you. Thanks for lightening my morning.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous urban flea said...

i'm loving that red lion! hope you're having a wonderful week my dear!

xo urban flea :)

12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

辛苦了!祝你愈來愈好! .........................................

6:36 AM  

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