IE004: Peter Koval from Berlin Notebook

The long anticipated fourth international edition of Penna möter papper (Pen meets paper) is finally here. This time we talk to Peter Koval from Berlin Notebook. Peter share the story of Berlin Notebook, the new ink and his other products.


Friedrichshain – Wikipedia

lineatura Archives – Berlin Notebook

berlin street sign at DuckDuckGo

Leather Notebook Cover – Berlin Notebook x Herr Pong

Alexander von Humboldt – Wikipedia

Humboldt University of Berlin – Wikipedia

Fountain Pen Ink – Berlin Notebook Blue by Viktor Walter

Art Books from Berlin Notebook – Inspiration made in Berlin

We make it | Riso printing in Berlin for artists, designers and people who love excellent and handcrafted printed matter

Risograph – Wikipedia

Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory – Wikipedia

Finest Japanese Tea – Noteworthy Selection by Berlin Notebook

Shop – Berlin Notebook

Pen meets paper – International edition of the Swedish podcast Penna möter papper

Tweets by Martin Lindeskog (@Lyceum) – Twitter

Johan Gustaphzon (@jgustaphzon) • Instagram

Penna möter papper – Sweden’s first and only pod about pens.

Penna möter papper – Facebook

  1. Thank you for the great interview with Peter! The products of Berlin Notebook caught my deepest interest and today I have to say that I appreciate not only their notebooks, but also their blue ink as well as their leather covers. The interview just put a lot more of philosophy and „story behind“ to the products I use with joy on a daily basis.

    Again, thank you for the interview!

    Kind regards

    1. An interesting listen! I enjoyed hearing the significance of the serifs and the filled-in space of the ’Berlin’ typeface, as nods to the two sides of Berlin.
      I guess that also reflects what I like about the notebook itself – it is high-quality, and yet it feels well-suited to being tossed into a pocket, scrawled on in bars, and taking a beating (also why I like the perforated back pages: it is a notebook designed to be used).

  2. Ok, my second comment here, WordPress bugged me about login and stuff when I tried to post the first time. Apparently I started a blog on this platform many, many years ago.

    I wanted to say thanks for this episode!

    I’m very curious about both the ink and the notebooks. Besides Berlin being my favourite city to travel to, I used to love prussian blue in other mediums when I still painted in a studio (oils, acrylics, watercolour). Nowadays I mostly draw with ink in my corner at home, so why not try to draw with this ink.

    I’ve also just recently started writing letters, and quickly got over 20 pen pals from all over the world. So I need to write down ideas on subjects for content, when inspirations hits me 😉 Gosh, I guess I’ll have to place an order soon.

  3. I have tried the Berlin Notebook before (the spectracular edition is gorgeous!) but not the ink. Hearing the discussion and perspectives from the maker made me curious to get more, despite my preference for ”standard” american size (ie. Field Notes) books for pocket use. Also, that sheen looks amazing. 🙂

  4. Very interesting and recommended for fountain pen lovers. Personally I love the details, the story and inspiration behind the things I’m interested so Peter, thank you for taking the time to tell us. Looking forward to inks number 2, 3, 4…

    1. Congrats Kékrika you are the winner. I did the draw on our Instagram account. Please contact Peter at Berlin Notebooks so he can send you the price.

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