We are architects and designers in London working with bookbinders and suppliers across the UK. Together we deliver paper goods crafted with thought for people and the planet. We champion local production and the use of sustainable materials and processes. Our debut product is the A5/01 notebook. Released in September 2019, A5/01 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 looking to have some notebooks branded 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 notebooks are manufactured in the UK. We source the recycled papers and boards from British and Italian mills. Our books are a representation of the design values we hold important. These include Function (durable materials, lay-flat design, 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 Stationers is led 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 Stationers and their architectural practice, West Port Architects, from their studio in London. The name Port West is a simple play on West Port, the location of their architectural workshops when they were students in Edinburgh.
Khalifa and Shaun