If pen and stationery enthusiasts are expecting to encounter their objects of desire surrounded by interior design awesomeness, they may be disappointed. Hennig, Dusseldorf's prime stationery store, is not given to fancy goods placed on custom-designed installations. Function and practicality rule here: standard lighting, grey linoleum-like flooring, practical steel shelving.
Hennig has been providing pen, paper and art materials to the public since the 19th century and continues to do so today. At the ground floor of a glass and steel construction on Jan-Wellem-Platz where the business moved in 1992 after approximately 100 years in its previous Schadowstrasse address around the corner, the store may be depended to provide just what it says on the tin.
|Hennig of Düsseldorf: the pen section|
On entering, the luxury pen section is tucked on the right hand side, while on the left starts the array of all that one would expect to find in shop like Hennig: the loose paper, card and envelope display shelves, the greeting cards, the wrapping paper, the schools bags, the notebooks, exercise books and folders, the office supplies and photo albums. German brands, Soennecken and Brunner are stocked here as are Exacompta, Moleksine, Leuchtturn, Filofax and Quo Vadis. At the back of the shop, there are artist materials - such as Lukas and Schmincke acrylics, canvases, paintbrushes and pencils.
|Loose paper and card, wrapping paper and calendars, at the entrance across the pen section.|
|Brunnen card range|
|Above and below: Soennecken and Brunner exercise book range at Hennig's|
The pen section, with its glass display cabinets, mainly stocks Mont Blanc and Graf von Faber Castell, as well as Lamy. There are quite a few fountain pens but not an extensive variety, with pride of place reserved for the Faber Castell pen of the year 2007, and the Mont Blanc Ingrid Bergman and Marlene Dietrich limited editions. Bottled ink seems to be an afterthought. On the ink-dedicated shelving wall unit, there are Waterman and Pelikan ink cartridges and ink bottles as well as the Mont Blanc bottled ink range.
|Mont Blanc fountain pen display at Hennig's|
Waterman, Pelikan, Mont Blanc Bottled ink and ink cartridges
Staff is helpful and friendly and the shop is situated near Schadowstrasse, Düsseldorf's main shopping high street. Hennig is a good place to browse and buy your school and office supplies. No frivolity here, no indy notebooks, designer folders or quirky specialist paper. Nothing to write home about but Hennig has got a job to do and by all appearance it does it well.
Address: Jan-Wellem-Platz 3, 40212 Dusseldorf, Germany
|Hennig of Düsseldorf Art Materials section|
|Pen display stand at Hennig|
Hennig's website: http://www.buerohennig.de/