Categories / Art and Photography, Books

Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s by Rian Hughes

Lifestyle illustration of the 50s
You may remember the bumper book Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s we featured a little while back. It's sister volume has now been released, which goes a little bit further back in time – yes, it's Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s.

Also written by Rian Hughes, it features over a 1000 images spread over its 576 pages and shows some of the social aspirations of the post-war era, presumably as seen through the eyes of some of the Mad Men of the time. Some of those dreams, not to mention the technological innovations of the period, of course now seem quaint to modern eyes, all adding to the book's charm. As well as being an author, Hughes is also a graphic designer and illustrator so is well placed to make the selection of images. 

The book is currently available for £18.71 on Amazon.

Categories / Design and Interiors

Betty Boyns vintage inspired stationery

Betty boyns

Betty Boyns is a relatively new company creating vintage inspired stationery, perfect for putting the finishing touch to a gift. 

Based in Cornwall, their designs take their influence from 'retro lifestyles', such as in the Night Out wrapping paper shown above which illustrates a perfectly poised 50s style woman in a suitably period room. The Chin Chin and Cha Cha designs show scenes with a similar feel. They also produce some designs without people in them, including some retro floral patterns. 

At the moment, the range includes wrapping paper, cards and gift tags but will be later expanded to include fabrics. 

Prices start at 50p for a gift tag while the wrapping paper costs £1.50 for a sheet. 

See the range online