The Calendar Project by Five Metal Shop is an experiment to see how an almost obsolete object with a quiet cultural significance might be brought back made relevant again in a modern context by using modern printing, papers, illustrations and design.
Printing and special color ink and 100% manual binding
The 2022 Pantone color combination with bright hope still maintains the highest thin paper printing specifications on the market. The calendar features two unique Pantone colours for each month, and is seen and being used for more than just a reminder of passing time.
It is a new piece of loose paper after each day passes; people use it to sketch, to write a love letter, or to save it as a physical proof that you've made it through this day.
- 18.4 x 12.3 cm
- 30 gsm light paper
Handmade in Taiwan/ Award-winning design
From the Five Metal Shop team;
In the printing method, we tried to reduce the penetrability of the paper. After testing back and forth with the printing factory, in order to avoid the difficulty of hanging as thick as a dictionary, we struggled with the increasing printing cost every year. We chose to maintain the 0.05mm single gloss paper, which feels like a grandfather. The traditional calendar at home is average, and it is still the only hand-tipped thin paper calendar on the market that is hand-bound by the master.
The hardware store calendar uses 10 Pantone special color inks (6 features / 2 fluorescent colors / 2 metallic colors). After being hand-crafted by the master, it must land on a large area of thin and brittle paper perfectly. It cannot be thick enough to be printed or allowed. The color is too light, and can complete complex printing of 12 different color combinations. It depends on a master who has more than 30 years of experience in the printing factory.