Baddeley Brothers - feel the difference

by Charles Pertwee 02 Jan, 2018

For the second year running, the influential publication has chosen Baddeley Brothers to create the bespoke duplexed invitations and hand cut envelopes, using the highest quality Fedrigoni Old Mill Bianco paper and card.

A film crew was also deployed to the workshop floor to film the intricate blind embossing, letterpress and die-stamping techniques as well as the skilful cutting and folding processes. The beautifully shot and edited film venerates the traditional manufacturing methods and will be shown as part of the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition, part of Milan's international design fair and can be found at .

Charles Pertwee commented: "It's wonderful to be chosen again by Wallpaper* to produce these beautiful invites and envelopes and we were very keen to work with them again. It's important to both companies that the materials and workmanship are of the highest quality, and I'm delighted that they were inspired to create a new film or this year's trendsetting exhibition to show the craftsmanship involved in the creation of their invites and envelopes."

Billed as Wallpaper* Handmade's most ambitious project to date, the exhibition brings together together some of the world's leading designers, craftsmen and manufacturers to produce unique furniture, fittings, foodstuffs and fashion. The film will be on display from 17 - 22 April 2012.

by Charles Pertwee 31 Dec, 2017

As the short production run starts, design agency Stranger & Stranger has opened a waiting list for the limited edition bottle, which it describes as beautiful, hideous, angelic and devilish. For die-stamping specialists Baddeley Brothers, who were chosen to print the intricate, elaborate labels, the devil has been in the detail.

BREAKING NEWS! The label design and bottle photography has just been shown in the Creative Review Annual of 2011 as an example of outstanding design.

"This was a highly complex design which required absolute precision. It would be a challenge for any printer but we have worked with Baddeley Brothers before, so we knew that they could achieve exactly what we needed," said Stranger & Stranger's Founder Kevin Shaw. "From the start, we felt that traditional printing techniques like die stamping and blind embossing would give our designs the authentic and premium impression that we needed, and so we designed a dense yet delicate main label, packed with subtle messages to complement our company ethos.

 "We spent time choosing tactile stock which could be die-stamped to enhance the physical pleasure of holding the bottle, and black neck labels with gold embossing which added a premium note. This, combined with an unusual bottle and a traditional cork feature, enabled us to create a bottle that had immediate standout and genuine impact."

Baddeley Brothers' Director Chris Pertwee added: "There were elements of the label design that were really brought to life by the die stamping and blind embossing processes, which required incredible precision to achieve."

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"The Stranger & Stranger logo, surrounded by a gold crest, needed to be as crisp and layered as possible to ensure the optical trick of the glass and two heads was completely effective. Combining the two printing techniques ensured this area of the label had maximum impact. Many of the key messages, incorporated into the label, were achieved using only die-stamping and no colour, ensuring they were incredibly subtle, adding intrigue and mystery to the brand."

Stranger & Stranger has a global reputation for creating alcoholic brands that draw consumer attention and inspire brand loyalty, ranging from the exclusive Kraken Rum to supermarket bestsellers McGuigan Estate and OGIO. The company has previously worked with Baddeley Brothers for its Christmas Spice Gin bottle, which used all the same printing techniques, but in a simpler, more reserved design to reflect the purer nature of the product.

by John Miller 01 Jun, 2017

Combining the art of lettering and musical inspiration, artist David Pearson has collaborated with Commercial Type and Baddeley Brothers to produce an original limited-edition poster for the ‘Orchestra of Letters’ exhibition at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.


IThe exhibition at the Lettering Arts Centre, to mark Snape Maltings’ 50th anniversary celebrations for its world-famous Aldeburgh concert hall, runs for three months and takes the theme of music as interpreted by the UK’s leading lettering artists. David Pearson’s poster is one of 36 pieces of original work in mixed media – stone, metal, glass, paper, wood and ceramics.


Inspired by the ‘Swinging the Alphabet’ song, performed by the Three Stooges in the 1938 film ‘Violent is the Word for Curly’, David’s A2 design uses Commercial Type and bold colours, screen-printed on 270gsm Colorplan Smooth Claret stock. Baddeley Brothers die-stamped the artist’s description, credits and limited-edition numbers on each of the 50 posters.

by John Miller 01 Nov, 2016

The Baddeley Brothers book has won a third industry award, this time at the prestigious 2016 British Book Design and Production Awards, organised by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF).


In a dazzling ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, hosted by children’s presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, Baddeley Brothers and Spitalfields Life Books were crowned winner of the Best Trade Illustrated category, presented by Chris Keith-Wright, London New Title & Range Buyer from Waterstones.


Director Charles Pertwee commented: “This is the third award we’ve received for the book and we were delighted with the judges’ comments. It was also a privilege to hear Floella Benjamin speak about the importance of books, especially for children, and their role in shaping society’s beliefs, history and perspectives. We are honoured to know that our book is now part of that culture – bringing our history to life for new generations.”


The judges, who covered all areas of print, design, publishing, book binding and retail, commented: “A fabulous clothbound celebration of the joys of printing, with an array of luxurious features and tip-ins exhibiting typographical excellence, foiling, debossing and illustrated fold-out maps, amongst other eye-catching flourishes. Strong typesetting and a well-proportioned grid complement the varied imagery, which ranges from photography through to sparse line drawings. A treat for fans of type, printing, illustration, or simply a good family history.”


From more than 560 beautiful entries, the finalists and winners were chosen for their ability to continuously innovate, push the boundaries and embrace new technologies in book design and production. All finalists feature in a beautiful Book of the Night designed by ThePAGEDESIGN and produced by BPIF member, Boss Print.


View the winners and a night of publishing celebration .  

by Alexis Kaliszewski 01 Oct, 2016

Independent, creative and collaborative, the East End Trades Guild has ample synergy with Baddeley Brothers. Committed to protecting and promoting independent businesses in this eclectic part of London, the Guild has produced a fundraising film to promote East End Independents’ Day on Saturday 3 December – and asked Baddeley Brothers Director Charles Pertwee to take part. 

  “East End Independents’ Day is a worthy idea that’s giving a greater voice to smaller businesses,” said Charles. “It’s about working together, opening new doors and ensuring that independent businesses continue to make up the fabric of our local community. Our staff love to live and work here, and it’s the local arts, manufacturing and food that help make this part of London vibrant and different. The diversity of businesses is also important, so we can all buy and sell to each other and I’m keen to support companies that provide a variety of jobs for people in the area."


Guild Organiser Krissie Nicolson added: “Independent businesses like Baddeley Brothers have a strong connection to the neighbourhood; employing local people, promoting a healthy economy and contributing to the life of the community. Although our members are from diverse sectors, they share common values that give them authenticity, distinctiveness, enhanced customer service and local knowledge. I believe that part of the Guild’s job is to mirror the values it finds in its members and to amplify them through events and workshops, to help strengthen collaboration and trade between members.”


To support Independents' Day, visit the group's Twitter page and help spread the word here.

by Alexis Kaliszewski 01 Sep, 2016

It may have been designed to celebrate the very best of print, but now the Baddeley Brothers book is being celebrated for its digital credentials. Its popularity with design influencers and support from online magazines and design bloggers was impressive enough to help win Gold in the CIPR Midlands PRide Awards for best digital campaign.

The judges were highly impressed by the Baddeley Brothers book launch, commenting: “It was refreshing to read an entry which focused on revitalising print, as well as showcasing a family business using its history. The implementation of tactics showed thorough planning and execution which achieved positive results, demonstrating the importance and value of a 12-generation reputation.”

Baddeley Brothers Director Charles Pertwee added: “Designers and creatives use all forms of media to find inspiration, which is why it was important to use digital channels to share news of the launch, preview excerpts and reveal video from behind the scenes about the making of the book. I hope that our friends, customers and design community have enjoyed sharing this journey with us.”


View the winners here.

by Alexis Kaliszewski 01 Jun, 2016
Critics acclaimed it, designers loved it and now the judges have crowned it the best example of Print Design at the Drum Design Awards 2016.

To celebrate, we’re giving away two copies of the Baddeley Brothers book signed by the Gentle Author, David Pearson, Lucinda Rogers and Adam Dant.

To be in with a chance to win, simply tell us why you love print by tweeting us @BaddeleyBros  using #BBbook, or comment on our Facebook  page.

We’ll be choosing our favourite two on 7 July 2016 at 12noon.

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions:

  1. The promoter is: Baddeley Brothers Ltd (company no. 2816198), whose registered office is at 6, Bayford Industrial Centre, Bayford Street, Hackney, London, E8 3SE, England.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over except employees of Baddeley Brothers and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Twitter and Facebook.
  6. Closing date for entry will be 7 July 2016 at 12noon. After this time, no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  8. To enter, simply tell us why you love print via a tweet using #BBbook or Facebook comment
  9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  10. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  11. Two prizes are available. Each prize is as follows: A signed copy of the Baddeley Brothers book, including postage to a UK address.
  12. The prizes are as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  13. Winners will be chosen by an independent adjudicator.
  14. The winners will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. Reasonable and appropriate efforts will be made to contact the winners about the prize, but if a winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  15. The promoter will notify the winners when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  18. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  19. The winners names will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address:
  20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other social network. You are providing your information to Baddeley Brothers and not to any other party.

by Alexis Kaliszewski 01 Apr, 2016
Baddeley Brothers’ critically acclaimed book has been shortlisted for two Drum Design Awards, which recognise the industry’s best design feats of the year. One of just four nominations for Best Print Design, and similarly for Best Editorial Design, this is remarkable recognition for the high calibre contributions made by each of the great designers and creatives who collaborated in the making of the book.


The prestigious panel of judges include Jonathan Ford, Partner & Chief Creative Officer at Pearlfisher, Kerrin Lumsden, Design Leader – Global Brands at Diageo, Greg Quinton, Executive Creative Director at The Partners and Graham Shearsby, Chief Creative Officer at Design Bridge.


Baddeley Brothers Director Charles Pertwee commented: “The Baddeley Brothers book was very much a collaborative effort and everyone poured their hearts and souls into its pages. It’s a real honour that these distinguished, world-leading designers have recognised the beauty of our work and the quality of our print. We’re delighted to see our book alongside such remarkable competition and we wish everyone shortlisted the very best of luck on the night.


The Gentle Author and David Pearson will be joining Charles at the black-tie awards ceremony on 27 April 2016 at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square.

View the shortlist here  or follow the action on Twitter #drumdesign .

by Alexis Kaliszewski 01 Apr, 2016

Baddeley Brothers’ critically acclaimed book has won a prestigious Drum Design Award for Best Print Design; a remarkable recognition from the UK’s best designers.


The prestigious panel of judges Jonathan Ford, Partner & Chief Creative Officer at Pearlfisher, Kerrin Lumsden, Design Leader – Global Brands at Diageo, Greg Quinton, Executive Creative Director at The Partners and Graham Shearsby, Chief Creative Officer at Design Bridge.


Baddeley Brothers Director Charles Pertwee commented: “What an honour! The Baddeley Brothers book was very much a collaborative effort and everyone poured their hearts and souls into its pages. We’re thrilled that these distinguished, world-leading designers have recognised the beauty of our work and the quality of print. Awards keep standards high and we’re delighted to see our work alongside campaigns from such remarkable design agencies. We’d like to congratulate all the other winners on their success too.”


Baddeley Brothers was one of 14 brands honoured at the fourth annual Drum Design Awards, which took place at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. The collaborative team shared the stage with pioneering designers from NB, LOVE, The Partners, Human After All, Absolute Media, Clarks International, Seymourpowell, Red Bee, MTT, AKQA, Aesop Agency, Together Design, and williams murray hamm.


View the winners here  or follow the action on Twitter #drumdesign .  


by Alexis Kaliszewski 01 Oct, 2015

Spitalfields Life Books is launching a tribute to British design and print techniques, with words by The Gentle Author, on 15 October 2015.

Designer and typographer David Pearson leads a stellar cast of contributors for the latest book by the Gentle Author, which chronicles the fascinating story of six generations of the specialist printers, Baddeley Brothers.

Contributions from three of the UK’s leading artists and designers are juxtaposed with centuries-old designs from Baddeley Brothers’ archives. Pearson has created six striking illustrations, showcased as tipped-in pages, using a range of bravura print techniques printed by Baddeley Brothers.

Illustrative artist Lucinda Rogers visited the company’s Hackney workshop to draw the craftsmen at work and her images embellish an illuminating interview with Charles and Chris Pertwee, direct relations of the original Baddeleys and the current Directors. British artist Adam Dant, best known for his images of the 2015 General Election, has fashioned a map of central London, featuring Baddeley Brothers’ sites and premises over the centuries.

A testament to Britain’s rich design heritage, this exquisitely produced, clothbound hardback is a narrative of the evolving city and society in which the Baddeley Brothers lived and worked. The book also features the anatomy of an envelope and illustrations of differing styles, helping readers recognise their Tuck and Slit from their Topless Thumb Pocket.

A magnificent glossary adorns the final few pages, including gems such as Bastard Title, Dandy Roll, Dead Horse, Mackle, Slug, Rat-House and Squabble.

The foreword is written by the Baddeley Brothers’ Directors:
Director Charles Pertwee commented: “We’re very proud of our history and I’m delighted that three of Britain’s top artists have dedicated their time and their talent to illustrating our book. The Gentle Author shares our passion for this part of London, and we’re honoured to have been part of its changing society. Our work is all about creating the perfect ‘feel’, and we wanted this book to be interesting, useful, tactile and glorious – ideal for lovers of design and typography.”

The clothbound hardback will launch at the St Bride Foundation on 15 October. Invitations and interviews with the collaborative team are available on request. The book will be available for £35.00 from and bookstores.

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