ATLAS & I, founded in 2011 by designer Sophie Kirkpatrick, who – finding herself strapped for cash having recently moved to London – came up with the idea of giving her friends and family original, personalised presents at Christmas. Initially the gifts were created by hand cutting silhouettes of animals and pets from antique maps using old bits of wallpaper, cards and wrapping paper mounted in old picture frames.
Through word of mouth, orders started flooding in for bespoke pieces. Whether it’s an outline of a classic car or a map of the village printed onto a leather journal every product tells a unique story and the use of antique maps over bespoke locations makes every commission different.
Today the Atlas & I range has expanded to include bespoke leather notebooks, diaries, photo albums, i-pad covers and passport holders to name but a few, all printed with personalised antique maps. Sophie deliberately sources all of her valued suppliers locally, suppliers who are prepared to print very small runs or one off pieces to maintain the essence of the business: conceived, designed and created to order.