Stationery Toys and Nostalgia with Eishan Banerjee

We spoke to designer and co-founder of a Pune-based design studio (Tankr Design) Eishan Banerjee about his favourite stationery memories.

Q. What was your favourite piece of stationery when you were growing up?

A. My favourite piece of stationery growing up was firstly a slap bracelet which was a combination of ruler and a toy that you’d slap onto your wrist and it would become a wrist-band. Available in various cartoon TV show characters like Pokémon and Dragon Z Ball among others, I had almost half a dozen of these when I was growing up. Secondly, I used to love the dual sided bi-colour pencils from Faber Castell, which are ubiquitous now but were quite a rarity when I was a child. I would carry these pencils and notebook whenever I stepped out!

Q. What is a piece of stationery you’ve always wanted but never managed to get / buy?

A. I’ve been hoping to buy a linocut printmaking set for myself after gifting one to my business partner recently.

Q. What is the one stationery object that you can’t live without today, and why?

A. While note making mobile apps are quite convenient, I still prefer my physical 5-subject notebook. Whether it’s for doodling, scribbling, writing or taking notes, it is the most essential piece of stationery that I use on a daily basis.

Stationery Resources

1. Slap Bracelet Bands

Fancydresswale Unicorn Slap Bracelet for Kids and Adults in Assorted Colour Best for Return Gift and Theme Parties (Pack Of 5)

2. Faber-Castell Bi-Colour Pencils

Faber-Castell Bi-Colour Pencil, Pack of 18 (Assorted)

3. Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit

Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit

4. 5 Subject Notebook

Luxor 5 Subject Spiral Premium Exercise Notebook, Single Ruled – (20.3cm x 26.7cm), 250 Pages

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