Bank Paper

With an elegant semi-rigid cover in cream and 224 pages of Bank Paper, the atelier's everyday notebook condenses understated design and essential functionality into a compact, compelling package.

An ever-present companion

Bound in Japan by a bindery with over 70 years of history, our semi-rigid folio notebook is Musubi quality condensed for the everyday — equally comfortable at work, school, or play.

Cream bindery board and an almost-invisible debossed logo on the front cover keep the attention squarely on your work and not your tools, while an ample 224 pages of Mitsubishi Bank Paper holds everything from your shopping lists to that unfinished novel to your plans for that end-of-year holiday. And all that paper is kept in check by a Smyth-sewn binding, not glue — so it lies flat when open, just like our handbound journals.

Design is in the details

The atelier's renowned attention to detail comes through in our new cross grid ruling, designed from the ground up with thoughtful integrations that add utility and maximise readability:

  • crosses 1.2 mm wide, spaced 5 mm apart;
  • small triangles on all four edges marking the middle of each edge;
  • an X in the very centre of the grid, for centring graphs and drawings; and
  • dashes every five rows on the vertical edges, which function as line counters.

Use these delineators to set your page up for bullet journalling, add Cornell margins, or simply draw graphs and charts — they're subtle enough to stay out of your way but be there when you need them. The freedom is yours.

Bank Paper

Made in small batches at Mitsubishi's paper mill in Himeji, Japan, Bank Paper was first created for use in bank ledgers at the Mitsubishi Group's financial arm in 1960. Seeking both adaptability to everything from pencils to fountain pens and the strength to withstand constant use in a busy ledger, Mitsubishi's engineers combined a proprietary blend of two pulps and a special cooking process to create Bank Paper, a unique paper with a slight texture and a gentle off-white colour.

This paper features fantastic colour accuracy and softens one's writing, making it suitable for diarists, artists and anyone who wants a stronger, more substantial handfeel from their paper than Tomoe River provides.

The Tomo system: designed for life

Our folio notebooks are a component of the atelier's signature Tomo system: a swappable, refillable combination of covers, notebooks and notepads designed to be your constant companion for the everyday.

Folio notepads will be available in mid 2020, while folio covers will be available in late 2020.

Socially conscious craftsmanship

Proceeds from the sale of these notebooks help fund the atelier's social impact work on disability employment and support for indigenous communities around the world.