Client: Fedrigoni
Date: December 2015

Creating a unique and tactile calendar for luxury Italian paper manufacturer Fedrigoni.

We were selected to work with Italian paper manufacturer Fedrigoni on their prestigious 2016 calendar.

A showcase of paper

Our design plays with the notion of a traditional calendar by creating a desktop showpiece that’s fun to use, tactile and versatile. Rather than a clean slate that users are reluctant to write on, it’s a box of brightly coloured elements that can be actively rearranged to form each day’s date.

The Fedrigoni calendar arranged as Sunday 12 July.
A close-up showing the different paper stocks used in the Fedrigoni calendar, designed by Nixon.
The numbers 0 to 9 on coloured pieces of paper from the Fedrigoni calendar by Nixon Design.

Industry recognition

The calendar caused a stir within the UK’s design community, with Fedrigoni reporting highly positive feedback from their clients and Eye Magazine selecting it as a ‘Noted’ design for the season.

Made up of over 30 different types of paper from Fedrigoni’s ranges, the calendar is designed to encourage a manual assembly of combinations to create individual dates. Every day of the year (366 in 2016) has a unique colour combination that is never repeated. New variations and paper types are discovered through the daily physical interaction.

Printed in Italy by specialist printers Fasoli, and featuring a range of techniques including laser cutting, debossing and foil blocking, the calendar is small enough to fit on even the most cluttered desk.

The Fedrigoni calendar by Nixon Design configured to Wednesday 03 February.
The Fedrigoni calendar by Nixon Design.
Different elements of the Fedrigoni paper calendar lined up: the box, the month, the date and the day.
The Fedrigoni calendar by Nixon Design, arranged as Saturday 08 October.
Two Fedrigoni paper calendars side by side.
A range of different paper stocks from the Fedrigoni calendar laid out.
An example of Fedrigoni paper from their 2016 calendar.
A Dieline Award trophy, won by Nixon Design for the 2016 Fredrigoni calendar.

Award winning

Our calendar design earned us third place in the ‘Technology, Media, Office & Self Promotion’ category in the 2016 Dieline Awards. Then in their sixth year, the Dieline Awards are dedicated to promoting the world’s most creative and effective packaging design. Entries span the major consumer sectors, from food and drink to homeware and cosmetics.


Animation by Ted Thorpe.

Natana Sandy, Marketing Executive, Fedrigoni UK

It has been a pleasure to work with the Nixon Design team. Not only did they create a beautifully designed piece but the process from start to finish was a smooth and easy journey. Speedy communication and always so willing and helpful. We look forward to having the opportunity to work with them again in the near future.