Lost and bound: Paper company creates bespoke books

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Hull – If you know the difference between paperweights and love foil blocking, then prepare to be excited. Paper company GF Smith has launched a new service Make Book, creating photo books by hand at a reasonable price.

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GFSmith Make Book GFSmith Make Book
GFSmith Make Book GFSmith Make Book
GFSmith Make Book GFSmith Make Book

The idea of a digital service that results in a tangible book isn’t necessarily new, but Make Book stands out because of attention to quality and the hand-made care that goes into each product. For £100 ($169, €123), anyone can design their own book and then have it created for them in the GF Smith workshop and delivered within seven days. To be made, the consumer first designs it using a downloaded Make Book program – choosing everything from layout to colour – and it then goes through the hands of seven GF Smith craftsmen before the final book is shipped out.

Good design has become more and more accessible and Make Book is another example of how products are becoming boutique yet affordable in sectors that used to be out of reach for the everyday consumer.  

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