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Slim Green Envelopes for Venice in Peril

February 2014


When Venetian restoration project, Venice in Peril wanted to promote their work and raise awareness of the historic city’s decay due to algae, they turned to Baddeley Brothers.

The company created bespoke C5 wallet envelopes, with peel and stick flaps, using special 120gsm paper that had been created using a blend of paper and green algae taken from the Venetian lagoon. They were used to send out details of the project, the condition of the precarious monuments and the work and funding needed to restore them.


Paper Planes fly into Harrods and then onto Miami

Autumn 2013


Leading design magazine Wallpaper* exhibited some of the world's best design and craftsmanship in London's flagship store, Harrods and then onto Miami in December.

The Handmade exhibition displays one-off items of furniture, fashion, fittings and more throughout October. Baddeley Brothers' contribution to the creative event, was a team effort with Glithero to create a collection of beautifully crafted paper planes in one of the 12 displays.


Baddeley Brothers Bespoke Envelope Cutting

August 2013

Baddeley Brothers Envelope Cutting
© Colin O’Brien


The fine art of envelope cutting isn’t a skill that many people hold, so it’s understandable why Baddeley Brothers have had the same, committed cutter, Terry Smith, for 50 years.


Spitalfields Life has again captured some of Baddeley Brothers’ rich heritage in commercial and hand finished envelopes, explaining little known facts about envelopes and envelope cutting whilst sharing the story of loyal employee, Terry Smith.


The story also contains more images from inside the factory, both past and present; demonstrating less has changed than you may imagine in the envelope making trade.



Heritage celebrated in Spitalfields blog


July 2013


Envelope machine

The fascinating history of the Baddeley Brothers through the generations has been captured on Spitalfields Life, a local blog.


Featuring historic images of patterns of dies and invitations that tell their own tale of the City of London, the article looks at how the printing presses of London have grown and developed alongside the financial institutions and the British economy.


Celebrating the company’s success over the years and its survival in the digital age, the article reflects on the “labour-intensive techniques of engraving, die-stamping, embossing and debossing [which] have gained a new currency and an enhanced appeal.”

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