October 26, 2016
Native to Hull, G.F Smith paper merchants specialise in the production and post processing of exquisite papers.
Woven throughout the fabric of the creative industries, G.F Smith paper commonly features in numerous applications of packaging, literature, books and envelopes. It’s from their direct and fulfilling relationships to designers that the company have created a service synonymous to their name in the trade of fine paper.
Founded in 1885, George Frederick Smith started his company fuelled by his immense passion for paper and the printer publishers of the time. Obsessive perhaps, Smith pursued the best manufacturers in his search for the finest in paper production. His travels lead overseas to the far corners of Europe seeking varying materials, substrates and textures, variants still offered by the company’s collections today.
Presently, G.F Smith offer an extensive range of creative services, some of which we have personally experienced via Banton Frameworks. The task to best define their areas of assistance is a difficult one, however our particular application took the form of our bespoke presentation packaging box. An ‘Imperial Blue’ paper beautifully shrouds the exterior of our box in which we deliver our handmade eyewear. Their knowledgeable, multi disciplined team can assist you with queries regarding anything from the optimal paper gsm weight, colour or texture, right through to bespoke batch production of your own particular paper. Their distinctive and renowned 'Colorplan' range best presents itself in the form of the desirable encyclopaedic ‘Collection Book’. This 50 colour, 400 page stock reference is a weighty keystone in the studios of many graphic or packaging designers. This collection, amongst six others can be viewed remotely via the G.F website. Detectable by characteristics such as origin, era, colour, tone and texture make for an indispensable and conclusive range to the design industries.
Further to their paper archives, G.F Smith executes a series of in-house processes inside their Hull based factory. Their services are extensive, including the making of envelopes, paper embossing, duplexing, CAD packaging production and letter-pressing. Working in close conjunction with the designer’s specifications, the G.F staff can guide you through their appropriate in-house processes.
G.F Smith elevates your appreciation for paper through each avenue of their work. We encourage that you visit their website and if your interest justifies, enquire for a copy of their collection book. It’s a treat.
G.F Smith Website
NATIVE is a blog series intended to showcase select brands who implement product manufacture here in the UK. Admittedly, not all aspects of every product can be made here, however we are most interested in those that can.
UK production has changed dramatically over the decades. Like every industry, embracing change is vital, not just to survive but to thrive in conjunction with social, economic and technological advancement.
Recognition of businesses, old and new, that implement outright or even partial local production is something we are genuinely passionate about. As designers, it is our belief that people should know more about how, why and where great products are made in the UK.
NATIVE is our way of sharing this information.
"Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from very simple beginnings."
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