by Tania Ginoza on December 28, 2012 · 2 comments

Perpetual is a state of never ending, continuing for an indefinite period.  It is therefore not surprising that these calendars have stood the test of time.  The high contrast of black and white, bold font and modern form without any superfluous embellishment provides a perpetual dose of style to any workspace.

calendar timor

The Timor perpetual calendar was designed in 1967 by Enzo Mari and was inspired by the designer’s childhood memory of train signage.  Adjusting the layers daily are reminiscent of shuffling cards or selecting filters on an interactive paper wheel.

calendar vignelli


The 13 X 13″ calendar by Massimo Vignelli was created in 1980 and can be hung on the wall or laid on a tabletop.  It’s made out of a heavyweight paperboard for durability.  There is no mistaking what day of the month is upon us with the Vignelli.

As each year comes to an end I find myself searching for perpetual calendars.  The idea of arriving at work each morning and physically recognizing the passing of another day feels mindful and deliberate.

Do you have a perpetual calendar or a page a day calendar in your home or on your desktop?

Images via online merchants Y Living and Fitzsu, respectively.

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lisacng @ December 28, 2012

“The idea of arriving at work each morning and physically recognizing the passing of another day feels mindful and deliberate” — you’re so philosophical!!! Hehe. I love the first one. So fun! I have monthly wall calendars, so a perpetual sounds very green :). Though I also need to know what day of the week it is because I’d totally forget :).


Tania December 28, 2012

It’s pyschological I know but sitting down each morning, mapping out what I’m going to do for the day and thinking “ok it’s Monday, the 1st or whatever” really sets the tone for the rest of the day”. If I don’t do that in the morning, I seem to lose focus a bit easier throughout the day.

Btw, I have 5 calendars hanging on walls in my office right now! 2 for 2011, 2 for 2012 and 1 for 2013. They don’t all have writing though, two are the really big type that shows me the entire year that I can easily refer to when I type queries into the system since our fiscal month end is not a calendar. I also have two smaller monthly dry erase calendars for deadlines and staff leave.


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