form + balance

Form + Balance Meets Studio of Basic Design

Emma Noble
Studio of Basic Design Duo

It is known that I am partial to a notebook or two. As long as I can remember I have always had an obsession with buying paper goods, notebooks, diaries, planners and stationery.

Every Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary or random Tuesday, my partner always buys me a notebook. It is like a tradition in our house. I do not appreciate flowers or stuffed animals, however buy me a notebook and I’m yours for life.

Lucky him.

You must understand this. I never ever use them. I just like to collect them and keep the pages empty. How dare I vandalized a perfectly clean sheet of paper. I do however have separate notebooks that I AM ALLOWED to use. These accompany on every trip or venture out the house – handbag size of course. I keep them in my car, side of my bed, in the kitchen. They are used to jot down ideas or lists. And once full and tatty, I keep them. Years and years of notes, opinions, ideas and sketches all contained in one cover. I can usually tell what year they are from by the annotations and criticisms in the pages– even notes for this post started in a notebook.    

With all the technology at our fingertips it’s a rare occurrence to pick up a pen and write.  It’s tactile joy. I think this is why I resort to paper first. So you can imagine my delight when I came across Studio of Basic Design.

Based in Krakow, Poland, Studio of Basic design is a product design company run by two like-minded people who carefully curate beautifully simplistic product for your home more specifically your desk.

The One in Black

F+B: Tell us about your brand, what do you do?

SOBD: We are a design studio, based in Cracow, Poland. We design simple objects for everyday use, that are locally produced in Poland out of high quality materials.

F+B: How did your brand begin? What was the very first product you created?

SOBD: While studying architecture in Munich we have attended a class in furniture design. We loved it so much that we decided to set up Studio of Basic Design, which will start with designing small everyday objects. Our first design was a notebook with wooden covers called bon.journal, which we do not produce any longer.

Full Notebooks in Brick and Marble

F+B: What is a typical studio day for you? How do you find the perfect work life balance?

SOBD: Until recently, we had worked on the designs next to studying architecture. We have just graduated and we are now going full time with our studio work. We are excited about looking for a work place and creating new daily routines.

As it comes to the balance, what we do for the studio is also our passion. However we still try to find time for activities not related to our work, such as doing sports and meeting with friends of different interests.

F+B: What is the inspiration behind your work/ products? 

Our inspiration comes from everyday life. We look carefully at our quotidian habits and ask ourselves how can they be improved in a practical and aesthetic way. Other source of inspiration for us is travelling and architecture.

NYC Minimal Print

F+B: What is your favorite material to work with and why? 

Recently we have learned about the craft of making ceramics. We really enjoyed the whole process and the end product. Currently we are in search of local Polish craftsmen, who could produce the ceramic items of our design.

F+B: What is the biggest advice you can give when it comes to decorating your home/space? 

We have a feeling that today’s living spaces are becoming very schematic and impersonal. It is why we would advise to decorate a home or a work place according to our daily routines, so that the objects will facilitate them, not get in the way. It is also related to making conscious decisions about what do we really need in this space.

View of the Studio

F+B: What other brands are you inspired by? 

We admire the simplicity and clear idea of Muji, or the sophistication of Menu designs. However we also appreciate the work of local craftsmen and young designers, which we often encounter on the Internet. They usually articulate the process that is behind the final product and their dedication to every piece that they make. 

Marble Weekly Planner

And what is my key piece? My latest purchase was the Weekly Planner in marble. Open-dated so you can start using it whenever you want. This planner contains a weekly schedule for 54 weeks and a monthly planner where you can keep the overview of the whole year. Inside you will find high quality, smooth paper. The soft cover is coated with matt foil. This is one of the books I do write in.

To tempt you even more, Studio of Basic Design is offering readers a super 15% off all orders until the end of July – just use the code SUMMER15.

If you wish to keep up to date with Studio of Basic Design, head over to their pages, where you will find an array of papery goodness. Simple.



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