Labora

Labora unites the traditions and expertise of Tallinna Paber and the Tallinn School of Calligraphy. Our workshops offer a unique combination of letterpress printing, papermaking, and calligraphy. We are proud to work with our hands and to create unique objects with a story to tell.

Our mission is to encourage people to share positive messages around the world. We make cards that inspire people to keep in touch in a thoughtful, personal, and meaningful way. Combining illustrations with calligraphy and typography, we hope to add some beauty to the world.

We work together at the premises of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Tallinn, Estonia. We sell our handmade products in our Labora Shop (see below) located in Tallinn’s Old Town, through our e-shop, and in a variety of shops around Estonia and abroad (see FAQ for the complete list). If you want to meet us personally, please schedule an appointment and come visit us at our workshops on Laboratooriumi 22, Tallinn Old Town.

Nestor Ljutjuk

Nestor Ljutjuk

Develops our new products as our resident illustrator and graphic designer and is responsible for Labora’s overall artistic vision as our managing director and founder.

Veronika Váňová

Veronika Váňová

Keeps things organised, turns Nestor’s visions into concrete plans and then helps carry them out. She is in charge of marketing, communications, and motivating others with her exceptional baking skills.

Tatiana Iakovleva

Tatiana Iakovleva

Teaches calligraphy as the head of our Tallinn School of Calligraphy, when she is not working on special orders or taking care of our garden.

Hannah Harkes

Hannah Harkes

Prints away in our letterpress workshop as our head printmaker surrounded by stacks of paper.

Tamara Sobaleva

Tamara Sobaleva

Spends most of her days in the papermaking workshop, where she dips her arms elbow deep into paper pulp and makes paper sheet by sheet.

Kadri Mägi

Kadri Mägi

She will greet you with a smile in our cosy Labora Shop, which she keeps running and full of wonderful handmade products.

Džambur

Džambur

Curls up in his basket overseeing calligraphy classes, when he’s not out and about on the streets or teasing Muška.

Muška

Muška

Thinks she’s the head of quality control, but in fact it’s one of the chicken.

Chicken

Chicken

Hang out in our garden and lay fresh eggs – the white one was too busy to join the photoshoot.

Labora Shop

Visit our Labora Shop! Step in and let the items we design inspire you to discover, create, and share stories.

We print with letterpress on our handmade paper. Pick up one of our unique handmade postcards, sit down and write a message to a friend. We’ll gladly post it for you. If you choose one of our seed paper cards, your friend can later take one home and transform it into wildflowers!

Embrace you inner child and try out one of our wooden toys. Take one home with you and start creating your own story. Discover other handmade treasures, such as soft-bound notebooks, wooden folk instruments, toy animals, and much more. Handmade in Tallinn Old Town by Labora or other carefully selected artists.

We are open every day from 10-18. There are two entrances to our shop: one on Vene 18, the other one from the courtyard of St. Peter’s and Paul’s Cathedral.

Contact us at info@labora.ee or +372 54 665 099.

Labora Shop