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Festival of Britain tote bag

Festival bag

If you were a fan of Lizzie Allen's print produced to celebrate 60th anniversary of Festival of Britain but couldn't quite justify the £250 price tag, there's a chance to pick up the design for a lot cheaper with this Festival of Britain tote bag

It's a cotton bag, printed with the same design as used on the print, blending Lizzie Allen's distinctive vintage characters with the icons of the Festival, such as the Royal Festival Hall. 

And then there's the bonus of the price. The bag costs just £15.  

Buy it from the Southbank Centre

Categories / Homeware

Silk Festival of Britain cushions from RE

Silk festival of britain cushion
Just last week we featured the Minimoderns festival rug, now here's another object inspired by the same event – this silk Festival of Britain from RE

It's the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain which is being celebrated this year. This design is inspired by a vintage silk scarf and shows a suitably jubliant city scene. The scarf is backed with a contrasting silk fabric to complete the vintage feel.  

The cushion costs £55. 

Buy it from RE

Categories / Design and Interiors

Minimoderns festival rug

Towards the end of last year, we showed you Minimoderns' fabulous festival wallpaper, a quirky design inspired by the Festival of Britain. If you were a fan of that design but have run out of surfaces to paper, take a look at their festival rug

It's the same great design transferred onto a hand-tufted rug. All the icons are there, from Skylon to the Dome of Discovery to the Royal Festival Hall and it would create a great focal point to a room. 

Each rug is 100% wool and made to order, all adding up to its £495 price tag. 

See it online

Categories / Architecture, Art and Photography

Skylon print by Paul Catherall

This Skylon print by Paul Catherall is another striking piece of artwork created to mark the 60th anniversary of Festival of Britain.

The Skylon tower was built as part of the Festival of Britain but lasted only a year before being taken down It now just survives on London's Southbank as the name of the Royal Festival Hall resturant. Catherall's linocut makes it look like the futuristic creation it must have appeared like back then – he says he was aiming to capture the adventure and spirit of optimism of the festival. The colours used are perfect to reflect the period of Skylon and help create a striking piece of artwork. 

The print is limited to 60 and costs £195. 

Buy it from The Southbank Centre

Categories / Design and Interiors, Food and Drink

Calyx inspired tableware at Heal’s

Cast your minds back to October and you may remember Heal's Dinky armchair. It was especially noticeable for its upholstery which was a reinterpretation of Lucienne Day's famous Calyx design. If you liked that, Heal's have gone one step further with the design applying it to this set of Calyx inspired tableware

Calyx was originally created for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and remains one of Day's most famous designs. For this reinterpretation, geometric stem-like forms of the designs have been applied against white porcelain. In a bit of circularity, the placement and use of the natural motif on this tableware echoes a design that itself drew heavily from the 1950s – Sanderson's hugely popular Dandelion Clocks range

Prices for this tableware start at £5.50 for a cereal bowl and go up to £25 for a platter. 

See the range online

Categories / Design and Interiors, Homeware

Festival Wallpaper by Mini Moderns – celebrating the 1951 Festival of Britain


It's quirky, cool and very retro – the newly-launched Festival Wallpaper by Mini Moderns.

This midcentury-inspired wallpaper celebrates the enduring influence of the 1951 Festival of Britain, the post-war exhibition of the new wave of modern British design, which celebrates its 60th Anniversary next year. If you look closely, you'll see highlights of that exhibition – the iconic Skylon, the Dome of Discovery and the Royal Festival Hall, not to mention the Transport Pavilion and The Lion and the Unicorn Pavilion.

The wallpaper comes in 10m x 52cm rolls printed with waterbased inks on paper from sustained forests and in three colour options. Festival is apparently the first design in the new Mini Moderns Day-tripper collection, launching in September 2011, which celebrates aspects of British culture, hobbies and pastimes. See another shot of Festival over the page.

Mini Moderns website

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