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d*s reader jerad needs our help...

"So after much google searching in vain, I'm hoping that you might be able to help. I'm an architect looking for a new portfolio case. I hate most of the basic portfolios you see at art supply stores. A few years ago I found a simple black one, with no zipper, but a nice clasp with a strap. So the problem is that I'm now overseas and the A4 paper sticks out of the ends of it. I need something that is A4 sized, easy to change, and looks good. I was hoping that you might have come across some place that has either something very classical modern, or just so mind blowingly brilliant that I must have it. Thanks for any help you might be. Cheers."
any ideas? im sadly no help with portfolios..thanks!


Blogger Patty said...

Try lost-luggage.com they have some of the classics as well as some cool designs. Happy Hunting!

11:37 AM  
Anonymous bd said...

My Machina aluminum book got really nice responses when I was shopping it around last year. I got mine from Charrette.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous greg said...

Your reader may want to consider a Pino Zangaro portfolio. (Strangely enough, it appears they don't have a website.)
Anyways, they're hinged aluminum with a nylon slip case. They look very modern and stylish, come in a variety of sizes and the inserts are very clear. The company also makes similarly styled boxes and cases.
The downside is that they don't hold up to wear and tear well. They can get bent and scratched if subjected to too much handling.
I use mine strictly for personal presentations rather than overnight deliveries to clients.


12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Pina Zingaro designs, but they are all American-paper sized. I would suggest Ordning & Reda (in most European cities or on-line) myself - clean, good lines and not terribly expensive.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous annie said...


12:56 PM  
Anonymous Katrika said...

Try Prat Paris (www.prat.com). They are a French company. I just bought the Pampa 153 Spiral book. It is really nice! I had been looking for quite a while. Unfortunatly they don't have online shopping but there is a list of stores that sell thier products.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great comments.
Annie- paperhous - I forgot the name of that place from when I lived in seattle. wonderful store...thank you for reminding me.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Boochie Gilchrist Knows Da Score said...

You're an architect, why not build your own book?

You can make it to the size you want, design it any way you want on the outside, it's your blank canvas that's another expression of you. I'd either hook up with a designer or a bookmaker and get going on it.

Going with a standard black book or an aluminum one is bland and a wasted opportunity.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DOPEST briefcase:
Not sure about the size, its a bit pricey, ships from Japan...

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've had pretty good luck with the a.i. friedman store in nyc.they seem to have brands other places don't carry. maybe you can dig something up on their site.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Italian company Rudy Rabitti has some nice portfolios, if you don't think they are too feminine. Like this for example:


4:08 PM  
Anonymous anne said...

Berlinbag has A4-sized bags. They're made out of new lorry tarps and seat belt straps, and are customizable. I found out about them on Amy Singer's knitty.com blog. They look really cool.


4:55 PM  
Blogger Design Translator said...

I love this one!


1:51 AM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Here are some beautiful ones:
My dad is an architect and he carries one. When we were in Italy last we made a special trip to Milan just so her could replace his old one! Best of all for Jerad, they're Italian so they're designed to hold A4.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous richele said...

if you want to go Bespoke...talk to these people they can create anything you want. I've used them for work projects and they are brilliant, very moderately priced and a pleasure all around to work with. You can create a portfolio with removable pages or static however you like. they have fabric, leather, paper sources galore. or send them your own gear and let them make you a sample.

Roswell Bookbinding in Phoenix AZ. ask for Martha Reed. Tell her Richele sent you.

12:32 PM  
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7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I highly suggest one of Pina Zangaro's portfolios. I use a screwpost model for my illustrations, and a large portfolio case for my design work. THEY DO HAVE A WEBSITE! and its cheaper to get them directly from Pina Zangaro. Go to

11:44 AM  
Anonymous nina said...

new portfolio books at sam flax, ny
Lightweight , colorful all sizes portrait and landscape

11:59 AM  

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