In an increasingly digital landscape, the team at G . F Smith are proving that paper still very much has a place. Founded in 1885 by intrepid paper merchant, George Frederick Smith, G . F Smith is now a household name in the design world. Starting out over 130 years ago as an office and warehouse in both London and Hull, Smith travelled the world in search of the finest papers. Last year the company opened the doors of its newest location: the G . F Smith Show Space in Fitzrovia, West London. Part product showroom and collaborative event space, part working office, it’s a place for potential clients to meet with the team. Here, students and professionals alike tap into an unrivalled catalogue of paper and seek out specialist knowledge on everything from portfolios and books to envelopes and invites. As brand patrons and supporters of Lecture in Progress, the G . F Smith team invited us in, where we spoke to director of business development Margaret Sweeney, who explained why people will always remain at the heart of everything they do.