BEST FOUNTAIN PEN
What better way to kick-off the Milligram Awards than with an evergreen Milligram favourite? Competing against heavyweight champions, the LAMY safari takes the prize! Originally crafted with the hard-wearing nature of student life in mind, the LAMY safari is now for everyone, remaining essentially unchanged for 40 years for good reason.
BEST CULT PRODUCT
Traveler’s Company Notebook Set
This category is where we expected passions to fly, and with the lead changing several times right until closing, it was a nail-biting finish. Winning by just a a fragment of votes is the Traveler’s Company Notebook Set! Proving the spirit of adventure and old-fashioned charm still lives out in today’s modern world.
BEST STATIONERY ESSENTIAL
Moleskine Cahier Pocket Notebook Set
Though we rely on them every day, many of the essentials don't get the credit they deserve so we were delighted to see such enthusiasm for the staples of the stationery world. The humble side of Moleskine's range, the Cahier Pocket Notebooks have won plenty of hearts thanks to a simple, sturdy cover and a lightweight design that slips neatly into your bag.
BEST PAGE RULING
The bullet journalers must’ve come out in force during voting, because Dot Grid absolutely dominated this round! We don’t blame them - the Dot Grid is great. The delicate balance of structure and freedom allows for complete adaptability where you can make your notebook absolutely yours. After all, wasn’t it the Bauhaus movement that said, ‘It all starts with a dot’?
When Moleskine took the Best Paper title in last year's vote, the Milligram office was SHOOK. Claiming victory in the dying minutes, the iconic notebook brand beat out the cult fave Midori for the crown, but in 2023, wrongs have been righted and injustices corrected, because the creamy grace of Midori's MD Paper has taken back the Best Paper honours.
BEST CREATIVE TOOL
Sakura Pigma Micron Fine Liner
Featuring some of Milligram's all-time favourites, this category is bound to inspire you to new creative heights. Sakura's Pigma Micron Fineliner Pen was last year's runner-up, but managed to take the crown by the slimmest of margins for 2023. Last year's title-holder and this year's silver medalist, Washi Tape is the sort of thing you can never have too much of, with its possibilities limited only by your own imagination.
BEST STUDIO MILLIGRAM SCENT
Study of Trees
While most of these categories will boil down to personal preference, it's going to be especially hard to pick the best of Studio Milligram's captivating scents. We were delighted to see such a spread of votes across the Studio Milligram sensory range – but two leafy treasures stood out from the pack. Coming in second by just a few votes, Native Botanical is the newest addition to the Studio Milligram range, but the new kid on the block couldn’t topple an enduring favourite with the old-growth forest scent of Study of Trees coming on top.
BEST HOUSE TO HOME
Kinto Brass Pourover Coffee Set
We love our stationery, but we also know there are more ways to help brighten your life. Winning this round was Kinto’s Brass Pourover Coffee Set, showing that we all love our caffeine. Allowing for peaceful rituals that help you slow down and focus on the present moment. Kinto's Brass Pourover Coffee Set is a wonderful way to enjoy those small moments, and it also makes a beautiful coffee.
BEST GAME CHANGER
Orbitkey Cactus Leather Key Organiser
This category is one for the innovators, the change-makers, and the ones who reinvent the familiar. Winning this round is the smooth, silent and stylish Key Organiser from Orbitkey! The Key Organiser is a great way to replace messy keys with a sleek solution that won't wake up the entire house or scratch or your precious belongings. The Cactus Leather takes it one step further where it replaces traditional leather with a plant-based leather that is planet-friendly and made from cacti.
Pitting stationery icons and organisational experts against scent magicians and homewares heroes, this was always going to be a tough choice for our loyal fans. In a close-fought race, LAMY stormed ahead in the final stages to claim the title of Best Brand in its inaugural year, beating out local faves Bellroy and Japanese design stars Kinto in the process. With the high quality standards that most other brands can only dream of, LAMY's range of writing instruments offer a reliable, hard-wearing and beautifully designed writing experience that continues to introduce new fans to the timeless joy of pen on paper.