Mecanoo is a Dutch architectural studio founded in 1984. The group is renowned for their professional attention to detail from project inception to completion, in particular regarding sustainable design and the study of materials and patterns. The studio’s portfolio includes many residential buildings, university structures, offices, museums, and public buildings all over the world, including libraries in Delft and Birmingham, the Amsterdam Schipol Airport Hilton, the Maritime & Beachcombers Museum, and the Courthouse in Córdoba.
The Moleskine brand was created in 1997, bringing back to life the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries, such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin.
Today, Moleskine identifies a vast family of paper objects, smart notebooks and apps, bags, books, travel and digital device accessories and writing tools. Moleskine objects, both analog and digital, connect the owner to a heritage in art, literature and cultural and geographical exploration. They form an ecosystem of tools and services that provide for and connect the visionaries of the past with the makers of the future.
The company began life as Modo&Modo, a small Milanese publisher that, in 1997, brought the original notebook back to life and established the Moleskine® trademark. Moleskine Srl went on to acquire the worldwide trademark rights for the brand in January 2007 and was listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in 2013. The brand was acquired and delisted by D’Ieteren at the end of 2016.
Moleskine is a creative company enjoying continuing growth. It has about 550 employees and a vast network of partners and consultants. Its home office is in Milan, Italy.
Moleskine is publishing Inspiration And Process In Architecture, a new series of illustrated monographs dedicated to key figures in contemporary architecture. It offers a reading of the practice of design which emphasises the value of freehand drawing as part of the creative process. Each Volume provides a different perspective, revealing secrets and insights and showing the various observation techniques languages, characters, forms and means of communication.
006 Plunging headfirst into Mecanoo's creative process