Cambridge Imprint Hardback Notebooks are inspired by the slim patterned German Insel-Bücherei books of the inter-war period. (In the United Kingdom, King Penguins had a similar design, and later on Ladybird books shared the same format.) They have 80 pages of plain cream paper, sewn properly and bound into a slim, light hardback notebook, covered in patterned paper, that opens completely flat.
Each notebook measures 18.5 cm tall by 12 cm wide. The front cover has a rectangular cream label.
Charleston Scumble is one of three patterns designed by Cambridge Imprint in 2019 for the Charleston Trust. Charleston was the Sussex farmhouse of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and frequently served as temporary home to other members of their Bloomsbury circle during the first half of the twentieth century. The house is filled with the paintings and sculptures of the two artists, but Bell and Grant also decorated every surface of the house, the walls, doors, and furniture. Even the rugs, lampshades, bowls and plates were of their own devising. This pattern aims to conjure the glorious colour and painterly exuberance of the Charleston interiors.
Cambridge Imprint is a small paper-making business in Cambridge, England, designing and printing patterned paper. They are known for beautiful colours, joyful illustration and typography, a lively, hand-drawn aesthetic, and meticulous attention to detail.