Anthropologie Commissions 1000 One-of-a-Kind Books from roughDraft Books

As part of Anthropologie’s holiday line, the US-based chain store commissioned e Bond of roughdrAftbooks (a Poppytalk Handmade participant) to make a limited edition series of handmade journals for people who want to write, document or remember. The series, called 1000 Books, will be available this holiday season in four styles exclusively in Anthropologie stores nationwide.

Fun Fact: Bond was key in inventing the Anthropologie website's signature hand-touched look and feel. She was hired by Anthropologie when the brand, beloved among design enthusiasts, launched its ecommerce site. After five years of designing for the brand and running her design studio, roughdrAftbooks, during off-hours, the former Anthropologie interactive media & catalog designer recently made the transition to full-time entrepreneur/craftsperson. For fans of Anthropologie's signature 'hand-drawn' look, Bond's books are a collectible.

The journals are part of Bond's ‘exposed’ collection of stationery, which deconstructs the book by paring it down to its essential form: boards, binding & paper. Bond then paints and prints directly onto each book, layering them with her love of words, reading and documenting the everyday. While each book is a work of art, Bond hates the idea of them collecting dust on a coffee table. "I would love nothing more than for the books to be written in often, and in whatever way works best in people’s daily lives.”

Inside each book is a hand-numbered bookmark that further illustrates how each journal is one-of-a-kind and was made to be marked up at the owner's whim. In this collaborative spirit, Bond is asking her fellow documenters to share a page from their books, so that the collaboration doesn’t end. Designs can be emailed to roughdraftshares[at]gmail[dot]com and will be featured on Bond's website,

e Bond's books are also available this month at Poppytalk Handmade. Click here to visit. And at her etsy shop here.

Jan Halvarson


Anonymous said...

how cool is that... makes me wanna walk in the store and buy something instead of just taking picts of their awesome window displays... yo

Andrea said...

So cool, I love these books!

christie&Caleb said...

that is awesome....really beautiful work!!!

Alison/Eyespot Designs said...


mckenzie said...

hoky spokes! that's enormous undertaking.