We Preserve Your Creative Legacies
Creative ideas should last for generations.
At ARKADEMIE, we believe that design journals and sketchbooks - repositories for your creative ideas and experiences - should last for generations too.
Design and artistic contents deposited in journals and sketchbooks become valuable over time as the designer- or artist-user grows and matures in practice. Journals and sketchbooks should last a lifetime beyond the creative lives of their users - a testimony of their creative journeys and would eventually become valuable heirloom to younger generations of practitioners.
We source for genuine leather materials and premium drawing papers for the preserving of creative design and artistic contents. Vegetable-tanned leather, being a naturally processed material, is durable to be used as covers as well as many implements and accessories. Mould-made cotton papers of archival grade from reputable mills ensure that creative contents can last for at least a hundred years. Each handcrafted item - like its user - is uniquely beautiful.
Timeless aesthetics, clear functionality and durability define our products because we believe that good design is not just being responsible; good design is ethical and right.
We Practise Responsible Manufacturing
We design every collection in our studio. This allows us to have full control over the materials used and details in our products that make them unique and valuable.
We use eco-friendly and long-lasting materials so that we do not deplete the world’s valuable resources. Our leather materials can last a lifetime when well-maintained; our papers can technically last for at least a hundred years without deteriorating. Production is kept in small batches and just-in-time method is practiced so that valuable resources are not wasted.
We engage, train and employ artisans from special-needs communities to manufacture our products thereby providing meaningful and sustainable employment . Every product is handcrafted, manually saddle-stitiched and finished - a time-honoured method embraced by traditional craftsmen.
Naturally Vegetable Tanned Leathers Are Beautiful Naturally.
Natural full-grained, vegetable tanned leather is unique because the process of tanning and treatment enhances the natural grain patterns and imparts distinctive characteristics and individuality onto each hide.
Leather, being a natural product, records its unique history through scratch marks, wrinkles, insects bites, healed skins and stain marks found on the skin’s surface. These markings are as unique as fingerprints and are proof of authenticity of the full-grained leather.
Over time, the leather will mature and acquire a beautiful patinated lustre that is unique of the vegetable-tanned leather. With regular oiling and polishing, it will last for decades.