A good trade show is an exercise in managing visual overstimulation; there is so much amazing product to take in, and each and every line should be approached with as clean a visual palate as possible. Atlanta is three (or four, if you count 2 West) huge buildings chock full of showrooms and temporary booths filled with gorgeous product. Not only is a lot to take in, but the best sights tend to linger in the mind, like a thought-provoking book or film. Here are but a few images from my meanderings around the mammoth show.

First, I am mad for gorgeous and clever displays, and this wall, created by hand at Daniel Richards to replicate a Rifle Paper Co. design, is something I just cannot get out of my mind. I have an old overhead projector and have been since contemplating trying something like this out at home. I’ve never been brave enough to take on a wall, only canvases.


Next up is a owl made of sticky notes from the Two’s Company showroom, wow! Talk about texture.


But there were many more wonders to behold at Daniel Richards, here is the sugar paper los angeles display. A neon heart is an inspired addition to the mix!


Here is my new motto, shown on an iPad sleeve from Lifeguard Press’ newest line, ban.do. That gem to the sleeve’s left is a speaker!


Sideshow Press — selected as one of Stationery Trends’ 10 Designers to Watch in 2014 — looked particularly fetching in the Aesthetic Movement showroom.


I also love Aunt Sadie’s, both the product and the amazing displays that obviously were crafted with a lot of thought and TLC. This mailbox was alongside several others filled with coal! You’ve got to love the winter shows, where it’s never too early to think about Christmas.


Aunt Sadie’s was also selling vintage props — check out their very distinguished Wall of Men.


In Appelman & Schauben — celebrating its 20th year in business — Fringe Studio was even more enchanting when lit from behind..


And I would love Scout, also in Appelman & Schauben, even if it weren’t my dog’s name. There is nothing to not love about this line — the product is super-durable (I speak from experience, as I use one for grocery shopping and press kits) and the colors and patterns are so, so beguiling.


Finally, I discovered Natural Curiosities in the High Design temporaries. This Los Angeles art house describes itself as a modern Warholian factory located  in a refurbished bowling alley. This wall assemblage is called “Cooking The Books” — and contains just that — old romance novels that have literally been cooked. Each book has been dipped in an aging elixir and left to bake in the lovely Los Angeles sun. This is just a tiny portion of the whole piece.

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I saw countless warming thoughts, here is one of my favorites, also from Natural Curiosities. True, that!


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