The ultimate standard –
paring down all needless adornment to
focus on maximizing the appeal of paper.
It was Leonardo Da Vinci who left the following words to posterity:“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Upon hearing this statement, there may be a temptation to think that “sophistication,” or in other words the trimming of decorative elements, may result in a loss of individuality.
However, “simplicity” in the way that Da Vinci perceived it, was to leave only the things that should be left and to use those elements to the maximum extent when forming something.
An item that achieves the ultimate in simplicity gradually becomes a standard and, conversely, takes on an absolute individuality of its own.
The applied glue is then immediately dried using a heating process, and any stray threads are also removed.
A standard notebook would now have the cheesecloth mesh tape applied, but in the case of “MD Notebooks” this would not result in suitable strength.
To ensure the required strength, the next step is to affix sheets of Japanese paper to the end papers (this serves to connect the inner pages with the front and back covers, with the paper being applied to the inside of the end papers).
While this may seem a simple process, what is incredibly important is a period of five to six seconds after the glue has been applied.
Providing this short, but critical period allows the adhesive power of the glue to increase.
Now almost complete, the three edges of the notebook are trimmed, and the colorful bookmark string—another design icon of the “MD Notebook”—is attached.
Notebooks are then inspected and wrapped in paraffin paper, concluding the production process.
“MD Notebooks” are truly a living thing, created from paper that started life as pulp beaten in water, and using multiple processes, the skills of many people and several specialist machines.
Just like a person who works and rests, so too do the processes of creating an “MD Notebook” include multiple resting and pressing stages.
After being folded a pressing process known as “stabilizing” is implemented. The paper is then rested underneath heavy weights and after being thread-stitched the spine section is immediately pressed.
The pressing process after stitching is the most important and this is the work that is given highest priority, no matter how busy the factory may be.
The notebook is pressed again after the end papers and inserts have been attached.
Once the colored bookmark string has been attached and the notebook is complete, it is left to rest for at least one week before inspection.
In order to ensure both beauty and functionality none of these elements can be omitted.
However, unless each of these processes is done with care and attention, it is impossible to ensure stable and assured quality.
With the exception of inspection, all processes are conducted using machines.
The tremendous noise and clatter created by these machines, engaging rhythmically and at high speed in these various processes, is something that can only be realized through mechanization.
However, it is people who control the machines, and work to ensure the highest product quality.
Every day “MD Notebooks” are produced in an environment that may change, albeit slightly, depending on conditions.
It is people, working in harmony with these machines, who accurately gauge these conditions with their eyes and hands, making adjustments to the processes where necessary.