De Medici Ming Fine Paper: Seattle

Posted on May 3, 2011 Under Design


I discovered de Medici Ming Fine Paper today strolling around in my free time after a meeting here in Seattle. What an absolute gem of a shop. I was mesmerized by the fantastic selection of cards, journals, handmade papers, letterpress work and gifts. Perhaps one of the most quirky paper boutiques I’ve seen in a very long time. I left with a bag full of goodies.

They don’t sell online, but if you call them directly the owner will speak with you and help you out with an order– but you really have to pop by in person to get the full feeling. Calls will work for refills afterwards.

de Medici Ming Fine Paper opened in 1983 on First Avenue and University Street. Inspired by Marie Papier in Paris, the store was originally dedicated to the art of letter writing. It quickly grew into providing papers from around the world in all forms for all sorts of projects.

The name comes from two of the cultures who historically have had the most to do with development of paper: The Chinese who invented it, and the Italians who made an “everyday” style of it. The de Medici Family and the Ming Dynasty governed their respective cultures from the 1200’s-1600’s, and, still today in Seattle, in this Renaissance paper bouquet.

de Medici Ming Fine Paper
1222 A 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101