French Paper : An American Success Story

We are featuring one of our favorite American paper mills. We love their papers, their company and their well-designed brand. We think you will, too. And while these papers are not all in our standard set of options, the whole set of French papers are always available as a custom order. Have fun!


POP-TONE is inspired by popular tastes: pop art, pop music, Pop Rocks (tastes that fit every palette). Turn your design into eye candy with these delicious colors. You’ll create more excitement than a fleet of ice cream trucks.

MOD-TONE repeats itself. These 10 papers are seamless continuums of subtle design motifs. It’s a French innovation you’ll go mod for!

GLO-TONE is a brilliant new paper line with colors brought to earth from the upper stratosphere of the color spectrum (and then turned up to eleven). Punch up your designs with these fresh hues and bright ideas.

SPECKLETONE (the first ever recycled sheet with flecks and shives) was created in 1955 to inspire designers. We think it’s still doing that in it’s own wonderful way.

PARCHTONE was introduced in 1949 as the first 100% animal-free printable parchment pape. Since that time, animals have breathed a little easier and designers have designed a little better with its unique finish and subtle colors.

CONSTRUCTION is the result of visionary planning. As the world’s strongest color paper line, it’s a great foundation for any 1, 2, and 3 color print job. These 18 sturdy tones can hold their own.

DUR-O-TONE offers designers and art directors an honest, hard-working alternative to overly slick sheets. Dur-O-Tone delivers consistent results and pulls its own weight (no matter which weight you’re using).

MUSCLETONE weighs in at a hefty 140 lbs. This single-ply paper is so sturdy you could use it to build a house. But unlike laminated sheets, there’s no glue to dissolve on press and no layers to peel, warp, or crack during scoring, which means that you can now fold, spindle, and staple without fear of mutilation. It’s stocked in six classic French colors.

SMART WHITE is programmed for maximum opacity, brightness of 98 (independent lab tested), and an ultra-smooth, uncoated surface. It’s not only brighter than your computer monitor, but after looking at your project on-screen, Smart White makes the final printed project look better by holding a better four-color process dot screen.

POP INK PATTERNS are printed on 70# Smart White text and cover sheets, so they’re bright and snappy. Each design was selected from a pool of several hundred pattern concepts, and represents the best of what Pop Ink is all about . . . POP and ink. These sheets are great for printing, gift wraps, arts and crafts projects, or simply as decoration.

French Paper Company

Established in 1871, the French Paper Company is a sixth-generation, family-owned American company. With their palette of very fun, inspiring papers and their Charles S. Anderson-designed brand, French Paper has had a big impact on the design world and a small impact on the earth. French uses no petroleum in the manufacturing of their papers, and instead generates their own clean, renewable energy. Hydroelectric generators installed on-site in 1922 have saved over one million barrels of fossil fuel to date. And French was an early pioneer of recycled, 100% post-consumer, and other environmentally friendly sheets.

Charles S. Anderson Design Co.

“Design is a brand’s signature and its story. We like to think of it as art for commerce, the culmination of research, relationships, strategic thinking, experience, intuition, and aesthetics. We believe that truly great design is about making something that adds richness to people’s lives; something inspiring, memorable, funny, abrasive, ironic, elegant, ugly, human – anything but uninteresting.”

Established in 1989, Charles S. Anderson Design specializes in identity development, packaging, and product design, and is among the world’s most influential design firms. Unlike other design firms, however, in addition to their highly-recognized client work, CSA Design is unique in creating what has become one of the most extensive and well-respected archives of licensable artwork in existence. Painstakingly created over many decades, the CSA Images collection is a digital museum of art for commerce…a vast and ever-expanding resource of illustration inspired by the entire visual history of art, design, and typography.

Charles S. Anderson Design Company’s work has been exhibited in museums worldwide including The Permanent Collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York; The Nouveau Salon des Cent—Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; The Library of Congress Permanent Collection, Washington D.C.; The Museum Für Gestaltung, Zürich; The Museum Für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; The Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, Hiroshima; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai.

The firm’s work has also been featured in numerous prominent publications including The New York Times, In Style, Dwell, Fortune, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Time, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, GQ, The LA Times, and ReadyMade, among others.

CSA Design has been awarded top honors in every major design competition, including multiple gold pencils from The One Show and multiple gold and silver awards from the New York Art Directors Club.

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