TOOLS OF THE TRADE.
WHO? Tim Cheung and Vanessa Chik met as classmates while studying architecture in Hong Kong. As architects, the tools they used for drawing and modelling were vital, and while travelling they were exposed to stationery in different parts of the world. “It’s always interesting to go to a local stationery store when you travel. It’s almost like a treasure hunt!” Cheung says. The pair opened Blank at the end of last year.
WHY? “I think everyone has the same experience during childhood,” Cheung says. “New stationery always gives you a sense of excitement and satisfaction.” What makes Blank special is that instead of neat rows of pens and pencils, it offers a range of unique stationery. “We want to promote an attitude of picking the right tools for daily life. There is a certain kind of logic to how you use these tools,” explains Cheung. “The products we stock have their own stories. They may be small ideas, but they are brilliant.” The pair look for stationery that is made from special materials or made in a way that is well-designed and functional.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR Pens, pencils, erasers and paper products take pride of place in the store, alongside storage containers and small bags. Each product has its own description so people understand the design and they way it should be used. Key brands include Craft Design Technology from Japan, Dux (known for its high-quality sharpeners) from Germany, and new Taiwanese brand Danzo Studio, which offers lifestyle tools such as storage and desktop items.
WHERE? Shop 2, G/F, 192 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun; tel: 2858 0829.