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Postalco A5 Snap Pad


Made by Postalco (Tokyo, Japan)

  • Handmade in Tokyo
  • Pressed cotton
  • Available in 4 colours
  • Dimensions: 16 x 23 cm


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These days there is more scrap paper floating around than ever before.

“We made these Snap Pads to capture and make it easy to use those loose papers. Perfect for To Do lists or for working out ideas. Wrapped with Pressed Cotton Fabric for durability. Patented. Handmade in Japan.”

How to use

To use make holes in the top edge of the papers with a standard 2-hole puncher and snap them into the Snap Pad. To use the A5 size, just cut the A4 (or 8½ x 11″) papers in half, punch holes, and snap them in! For A6 size, cut the A4 paper into four equal pieces. Each holds about 100 sheets.

Personalize to your liking

“Everyone has their own unique way of using the Snap Pad. You can choose from a variety of our Snap Pad papers and accessories—Snap Calendar, Snap Pockets, and Fabric Tabs. We’ve seen Snap Pads used for photo albums, file folders, menus, and for tons of other purposes. In fact, we made the Snap Pad to intentionally allow for functions unintended by us to be discovered by the person using it.”

It’s great to see people coming up with their own uses for the Snap Pad. We’ve seen people use them for photo albums, file folders, meeting notes, and tons of other purposes.

Making the invisible visible

“Stationery makes invisible, but important things, into something visible. The moment you close a digital display or phone, your calendar is gone. That’s what we feel is not satisfying about some digital solutions for things like to-do lists. There is still a very clear function for paper and stationery.”

――Mike Abelson / Yuri Abelson

Snap Pad Accessories

Limit distractions and return to mindfulness with paper. The refillable Snap Pad, calendar, and accessories help us balance digital with paper to make each day more meaningful.

Learning from Japan

“The craftspeople, suppliers, and small workshops found in Japan make things not to be found anywhere else. We are fortunate to work with family businesses that are so focused on their craft. Don’t put Postalco items on a shelf or in a drawer. Their beauty is revealed through daily use. They will help you feel good at home and be ready in a meeting.”

Ecologically Made in Japan

‘Mottainai’ is the culture of not wasting. This also means making something well. All items are made in Japan where we are able to find exceptional attention to detail. We also develop a wide range of materials in Japan that are worth pouring time into to create items that will age beautifully. Our wood comes from managed forests in Hokkaido. Leather is vegetable tanned to avoid using the toxic chemicals used in other tanning methods. Fabrics are woven in Japan with tightly managed wastewater and carefully sourced fibers. Our washi paper is hand screened with renewable Kozo fibers and any remaining pulp is reused. Made in Japan means tight environmental regulations for beautiful products that are much easier on the environment.



  • Product code:
    Red 10234
    Black 10235
    Dark Blue 10236
    Light blue 10237
  • Brand/maker: Postalco
  • Origin: Tokyo, Japan
  • Size: 16 x 23 cm

Material & Care

“Pressed cotton fabric is made with the same machines that were used to make tent fabric. The base colour of the white threads will become more apparent and it will soften with use. To keep the natural feeling of the material we did not waterproof coat the surface. There is a light water resistant treatment. Cotton is a natural material so slubs and irregularity in the fibers are part of its character. It is possible for wrinkles to appear as well.”

Care: If your item gets wet, pat dry with a soft cloth to absorb any liquid. With strong rubbing the colour may come off leaving light spots. Please shade dry in a well ventilated area. If placed near air conditioners or heaters the item may warp.


Mike Abelson

Born in Los Angeles, California. Studied product design at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Moves to New York in 1997 to design the Jack Spade product collection and brand concept. Based in Tokyo for over sixteen years he has worked with a wide variety of clients including Calder Foundation, Sunspel, The Conran Shop, Issey Miyake, and Maison Hermès.

Yuri Abelson

Native of Tokyo. She honed her skills studying Graphic Design in both Los Angeles and Switzerland at Art Center College of Design. She then worked in New York on branding projects for several years. In 2000 she cofounded her own company, Postalco. Yuri crafted the visual identity for Postalco and continues today as its creative director. Working with clients she draws inspiration from photography and print to communicate the spirit of each product.

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Postalco Colour

Dark Blue, Faded Black, Light Blue, Signal Red

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