At the edge of Harajuku is Papier Labo, a pint-sized art supplies shop and design office. Shelves are lined with art postcards, calendars and notebooks, along with house-designed bookends, limited edition bric-a-brac and old curios like vintage Japanese type blocks. With a couple of hard-at-work designers sitting behind the counter and upstairs in the loft, the shop mainly serves as a small showroom for Papier Labo’s own design and letterpress work. The designers here often collaborate with artists to create the original products on display, such as New Year cards for the 2019 zodiac year by woodblock artist Yuko Kan, or patterned cartons and illustrated stickers from artist Masanao Hirayama. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Design Issue 19 David Rager David Rager, co-founder of design firm Weekends, shares his tale of LA and Paris and how he makes time for life’s little distractions. Design Issue 19 A Day in the Life: Frida Escobedo With her own firm and scores of global projects in her inventive portfolio, this architect is transforming Mexico City, one artful building at a time. Design Issue 19 In Anxious Anticipation The effects of adrenaline are positively pulse-pounding, but the physical whoosh we feel in our bodies actually starts in our brains. Design Issue 18 Happiness by Design Think more like designers: The strategies employed to create a perfectly proportioned bookshelf can also be used to enhance our personal well-being. Design Issue 18 Sense in Symmetry From radial swirls to mirror images, the natural world often shows that there’s beauty in balance. Design Issue 18 The Nature of Desirability The head of Harvard’s Desirability Lab examines what consumers like and why so designers can create products that hit the sweet spot.