Do you remember carrying a bulging pencil case to class, a folder of colour-coded revision notes wedged under your arm, the cuff of your crisp white shirt covered with a blotchy ink-cartridge stain? Present & Correct in London’s Islington is an ode to the stationery that its founders, graphic designers Neal Whittington and Mark Smith, have enjoyed since their school days.
Launched online in 2009, the pair’s tiny shop on residential Arlington Way opened in 2012 – and has had a huge following ever since. The retro-inspired space has a clean aesthetic and the top-notch supplies are a mix of old and new. On the shelves are colourful and quirky offerings that include their own work, made in the UK; things they love by international designers; and vintage pieces that they’ve picked up on their travels around the world. Creatively displayed alongside all manner of notebooks, pens, diaries and prints are the likes of space stamps from Poland, a stapler from Italy and a 1970s click calendar from Spain.
Present & Correct, 23 Arlington Way, London, EC1R 1UY.
Photo: Present & Correct.