le typographe

The Ips Typographus is a small beetle that lives under the bark of spruce trees. He digs a maze of winding galleries evoking lines of writing. Thus Cédric Chauvelot, a former student of Fine Arts of Besançon, and a specialist of thypography, makes this small insect the emblem of his company and its brand. In 2009, he opened a studio shop in Brussels with a first printing press and traditionally printed works with lead and wooden alphabets, with a constant concern for quality and typographical purism. He decided to create his own collection of stationery and to present it to an international exhibition. Professionals who discover this brand are seduced and from then the activity continues to grow. The team soon settled in the heart of Chatelain neighborhood in a place with a boutique, workshops containing 800 movable type alphabets, 5 Heidelberg presses and two floors for the processing, packaging, stock and offices. In 2014 we opened a representative office in Tokyo, and in 2015, a shop in central Paris. Today le typographe employs fifteen people. All products are hand-made in the Brussels studio. Besides carrying out the work of custom printing, stationery collections succeed. There are diaries, notebooks, pads, stationery sets and envelopes, memo pads, shopping lists, calendars, and a variety of postcards, always with a clear and sober design. The line of this company is identified as much by the pleasure of the letter as by the careful selection of the papers used. le typographe – rue américaine 67 - 1050 brussels - belgium. 00 32 2 345 16 76. le typographe france – 33 rue mazarine – 75006 paris – france. 00 33 9 83 01 74 02 ; www.typographe.be
Interview with Cédric from le typographe
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
constraints and possibilities
What inspires you?: 
Japan, nature, street typography... Many, many things actually.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Heidelberg windmills.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Pure, sober, colourfull.
What kind of products do you create?: 
customised printed documents (invitations, business cards, etc) and stationery. Only with traditionnal lead and wood letters and all handmade.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
600 shops over the world. ask addresses on info@typographe.be
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Sometimes. Visits.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Too many things. We learn everyday.
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