We are an architect and a designer in London working with bookbinders and makers across the UK. Together we deliver paper goods and stationery crafted with the utmost thought for people and the planet. We champion local production and the use of sustainable materials and processes. Our debut product, the A5/01 notebook was released in September 2019. It was a passion project borne from an interest in the provenance and sustainability of paper products within the creative industries.
Our books are made with the help of the talented, Kent based, bookbinding team at Noted In Style. We first approached them in 2017 when looking for notebooks for our architectural studio. After a few early conversations, and a eureka moment, we decided to make one from scratch instead. Many more hours of dialogue and several prototypes later A5/01 took its shape. All our items are made locally. We source the recycled papers and boards from British and Italian mills. Our notebooks are a representation of the design values we hold important. These include Function (durable materials, lay-flat designs, practical features and guides), Beauty and Form (timeless aesthetics, subtlety, emotion and identity) and Sustainability (recycled materials, low-carbon footprints, transparent and accountable production and local manufacturing).
Port West was co-founded by Khalifa Abubakar and Shaun Ihejetoh. It is the result of their appreciation of well-made stationery and desire to make creative practice more sustainable. The partners met as architectural students in Scotland. They run Port West and their architectural practice, West Port, from their West London studio. The name Port West is a simple play on West Port, the location of their university workshops as students in Edinburgh.
Khalifa and Shaun