Six Scandinavian Design Notebooks We Love

There are two kinds of people in this world: notebook-lovers and other people. What do those “other people” do? Write things on their necks? I have no idea. I am not one of them and, frankly, I don’t attempt to unpack their pathological hatred of stationary. For I, you see, am a notebook-lover. I am a notebook-lovah, as Rachel Dratch and Will Ferrell would say. And I like my notebooks not only to be full of pages, but to be nice to look at as well. In Scandinavia, it’s a combination that isn’t too hard to find.

Although I’m a minimalist, one thing I don’t seem to mind piling up, in beautiful, neat little piles around the apartment and office, are notebooks. Notebooks are really just books that haven’t been written yet, so I consider owning many of them the same as owning many books. Essentially, I own a blank library!

If you’re like me (or if you just need a single notebook, like a normal), take a look at these beauties:

List Marker: Number 1Playtype

They’re colourful, they’re simple and they’re covered in fabulous fonts from the e-types foundry. Their small notebooks come in packs of three and are easy to throw in your bag or back pocket.

Playtype Notebooks | Scandianvia Standard


List Marker: Number 2Nomess

True minimalism in notebook form. We love Nomess for their organisational products and these notebooks are slim enough to fit anywhere yet colorful or textural enough so that they don’t get lost on a shelf or in your bag. Their “Left/Right Notebook” for each side of your brain is a fun way to jot down your creative vs. practical thoughts.

Nomess Notebooks Scandi Six | Scandinavia Standard


List Marker: Number 3Normann Copenhagen

An interior design company that produces large furniture as well as smaller home goods, Normann Copenhagen does not evoke visions of stationary to most. They are changing all that with “Daily Fiction,” the new collection produced in collaboration with design agency Femmes Régionales that includes an extensive line of notebooks and other office goods. Simple and well-made, with a range of colors and graphic patterns.

Normann Daily Fiction Notebooks | Scandinavia Standard


List Marker: Number 4Hamide Design Studio

These handmade notebooks are really special – just like the design studio that creates them so lovingly. Because everything is made by hand, they’re all limited edition.

Hamide Studioe Notebook | Scandinavia Standard


List Marker: Number 5kikki.k

Beloved Swedish stationary brand kikki.k has been creating beautiful products for years, including gorgeous notebooks and journals. The products often containing helpful or inspiring messages but the top-notch typography means it never runs to “cutesy.”
Kiki K Notebooks


List Marker: Number 6Darling Clementine

Scandinavian in a different way; Darling Clementine isn’t about minimalism but rather is inspired by traditional Norwegian designs and nature. The lovely, whimsical patterns are great for kids and adults alike.
Darling Clementine Notebooks | Scandinavia Standard

Header image: Nomess Copenhagen

Have a notebook you love? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.