Production Specifics

Downie Allison Downie produce portfolios and boxes for designers, short run books for artists and authors, menus and visitors books for hotels, restaurants and bars, book repair and conservation. Clients include artists, design-houses, graphic designers, architects, libraries, companies, individuals and many more. Projects can be from a bespoke one-off to a short run. Downie Allison Downie also offer foil blocking and bookbinding classes for anyone interested in learning a new craft.

Turnaround TimeProject Dependent
Starting CostUp to £100
Production Access tours
File Types.pdf, .jpeg, .ind, .ai


Wood Paper Leather Foils Acrylic Book Cloth Show more


Bookbinding Box Making Foil Blocking Restoration


Presses Domestic Singer Sewing Machine Paper Tools Paper Guillotine Foil Blocker

Works With

Large Businesses
Small Companies
General Public


Bespoke 1-offs
Short Run
Medium Run
Large Run

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Company History

Downie Allison Downie are a second-generation family business, established in 1981 by Morton Downie, who trained as a bookbinder at Sinclair Wilsons. He was later joined by master binder John Allison in 1997 and was then taken over by Morton's daughter and husband in 2013. The focus of the business is on creativity and quality of product, using the diverse skills and experience of the highly-trained team. Today Downie Allison Downie employs 11 staff and offers a wide range of services including visitors books, portfolios, thesis binding, box-making, short run design & print as well as fine binding and restoration.

Client List

Dundee Contemporary Arts
Glasgow School of Art
Vivienne Westwood
Graven Images
Chivas Brothers
British Library
Andy Goldsworthy
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
O Street
Glasgow Print Studio
London Library
DC Thomson

Contact Downie Allison Downie

ContactRobin Mitchell
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AddressUnit H,
Purdon Street,
G11 6AF,
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