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Smel designs the December Stamps 2014


The December Stamps 2014 were designed by Edgar Smaling and Carlo Elias from studio Smel, Amsterdam. The stamps are cheerful, stylish scenes against a warm colored background. The twenty stylish scenes in warm tones bring a smile to everyone's face. On each stamp are recognizable December symbols illustrated as a mini-story. From bauble to fireworks, ice skate fun to Christmas post, oliebol to mistletoe - the familiar themes are designed with a contemporary visual language. The stamp sheets are printed in an edition of 7.2 million.

Top chefs present December stamps designed by Smel


The Hague, the Netherlands, 18 November 2014 – Dutch celebrity chefs Ramon Beuk, Ron Blaauw, Ronald Kunis and Niven Kunz presented the special Christmas edition of the Good Food Book and the December stamps designed by Smel. Cards bring people closer together, a bit like sharing Christmas dinner with your loved ones. We feel that giving this cookbook as a gift to people buying the December stamps really honours that tradition. The best part of this initiative is that we will be using the proceeds of the book to donate 640,000 school meals to children in Malawi. The project is coordinated by the World Food Programme of the United Nations, which we joined at the end of 2002”, said Barry Husman, PostNL’s Consumer Market Director.
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