Postcards and letters play an important role connecting old acquaintances, friends, and families over the holidays, and to add a touch of festivity to the exchange, the Netherlands’ post delivery company, PostNL, has released a special set of stamps that are ready to adorn mail delivered over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Commissioning London-based industrial product designer Tord Boontje, whose enchanting works include chairs designed for Porto Romana and intricate lighting for Swarovski, the collection comprises 10 endearing winter-themed stamps that illustrate mini stories of both animals and people as they celebrate the holiday season. A white-and-blue stamp captures the image of a man playing with a reindeer, while a red-and-white design shows a woman and a dog welcoming snow with delight.
“I wanted to show how important it is to be together in December or to think of one another during this time,” Boontje said in a statement on his website. “That’s why I featured stories of people and animals on every stamp and ensured that there is interaction between the figures.”
The goal, the designer pointed out, was to capture the holiday festivities without touching on the cliché. “I intentionally opted for a few animals that aren’t usually associated with December; for example a swallow, which you won’t see here in December, as they spend their winters in Africa. It’s symbolic and in this way the stamps also refer to those who can’t be here during the festive season. As a counterbalance, I used familiar elements such as deer, hares, squirrels, and pine trees.”
For more information, visit Tord Boontje.