Cast your mind back a few years, and you may remember the Virago modern classic range: hardback titles, decorated with fantastic patterns from the likes of Cath Kidston and Orla Kiely. Well, that formula was obviously so successful, they've done it again, this time giving the deluxe treatment to five further titles.
Books are married to designers of a suitable style or era. Elaine Dundy's 1958 The Dud Avocado is decorated by a distinctive Lucienne Day pattern, while Elizabeth Jenkin's The Tortoise and the Hare is paired with a Florence Broadhurst design. Contemporary designers who work in a retro style are also included: the other covers are decorated by Angie Lewin, Eley Kishimoto and Neisha Crosland.
Beautiful by themselves, or on their own, the books are priced at £13 each.
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Some new takes on the classic twentieth-century travel poster as seven contemporary artists were asked to design a seaside poster to be auctioned off for charity.
Several Retro To Go favourites were among the artists asked to depict their favourite resort: Barbara Hulanicki extols the virtues of Brighton, Angie Lewin goes for Salthouse in Norfolk while Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway promote the merits of Boscombe, as pictured above. Although the style of 1930s British travel posters were an obvious starting point, each artist has tackled the brief in their own distinctive way.
The auction started this morning (Thursday) on Ebay and concludes on the 16 May at 9pm. All proceeds raised go to Marine Conservation Society.
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It was only couple of weeks ago we told you about tea towels Angie Lewin had designed for St Jude's first collection of homewares. We also mentioned how they were also planning to do their own mug range. And here it is…
The bone china mugs feature the same designs you can get on the tea towels, plus a few others such as the dandelion design shown here and the Skye mug. All the mugs use the same muted colour palette and share the same retro feel.
The mugs cost £7.25 each.
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St Jude's produce some lovely fabrics with a great retro look, including the Angie Lewin Hedgerow fabric we featured at the start of the year. If you like the look, you'll be pleased they've started reproducing some of Lewis' original fabric designs as tea towels, an easily affordable way to buy into the look.
There are three designs in total, stocked at Illustrated Living, including the Clifftop and Clocks designs pictured above. They're typical of her style showing skeletal 50s-style illustrations of plant forms and are screen-printed onto 100% organic cotton.
Watch this space, as St Jude's are soon to be launching their first range of ceramic mugs. In the meantime, these tea towels cost £9.95 each.
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New to St Jude's gallery is this Hedgerow fabric designed by Angie Lewin. We've featured a umber of St Jude's fabrics before such as Alice Stevenson's Treehouse design or their Kensal Rise collaboration with Old Town. Like those two designs, Hedgerow has a very British retro aesthetic, using a 1950s-style depiction of natural forms.