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Present & Correct Stationers


Architecture for London, 2023

12 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL

Architecture for London designed and built a new home for stationers Present & Correct in a heritage retail unit. In a nod to the neighbouring British Museum, cabinets as 'wunderkammer' display the stationery as objects of desire.

Getting there


Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, Holborn


98, 55, 38, 19, 1



Design and Construction

AFL completed both the design and construction of a new location for the stationers Present & Correct within a heritage retail unit in Bloomsbury.

The brief called for a demountable interior, allowing the lifespan of the project to extend beyond the lease of the location. A muted palette of maple plywood and ash timber is paired with a quarry tile floor, Vitsœ shelving and new LED lighting throughout.

In a nod to the neighbouring British Museum, cabinets are imagined as a series of ‘wunderkammer’ that exhibit the stationery as objects of desire.

Present & Correct’s identity is translated through a grid inspired by the ISO 216 A chart, which influences the perception of nearly all the printed images in Europe. This grid traverses the surface of the shop cabinetry.

The project was constructed by AFL Build within a limited budget and timeframe.

Architect: Architecture for London

We are award-winning London architects dedicated to the creation of inspirational architecture and interiors. Our holistic design, engineering and construction service ensures that each project meets the exacting requirements of our Healthy Homes approach. We employ the highest comfort standards, including Passivhaus and EnerPhit; creating warm, low-energy homes and workplaces that are a joy to inhabit. Our residential projects include new homes, house extensions and refurbishments at all scales. We have extensive experience with heritage properties, where there is often a need to balance sensitive refurbishment with carefully considered contemporary extensions. Projects are designed holistically with architecture, landscape, joinery and interiors each interlocking to form a coherent whole.


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