Categories / Design and Interiors

Festival of Britain shop at Culture Label


If you happen to have missed it, this week is 60 years since the iconic Festival of Britain took place in London. To mark this milestone, arty online shopping portal Culture Label has set up a Festival of Britain store, packed with products relating to the event.

In truth, some are more relevant than others, although all are worth a browse. Our favourite is undoubtedly the superb Southbank Centre x Lizzie Allen Festival of Britain Wallpaper. It's a bespoke wallpaper, made in very small runs and using traditional, hand crafted processes, with this particular design celebrating the energy and vigour of the Festival of Britain, featuring both participants and the Southbank itself.

Unlikely to work for a whole room (not least, because of cost), it would look superb as a feature wall. Each roll is 10m long and sells for £370.

Find out more at the Culture Label website

Categories / Bags

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 / Design and Interiors

Black Cabs cushion by Lizzie Allen

Lizzie allen cushion
We’ve written about Lizzie Allen‘s beautiful wallpapers many times before. For a more affordable way to buy a piece of her style, you may be interested in this Black Cabs cushion.

Like her wallpaper, the cushion textile is decorated with a 1950s-style illustration of a traditional British scene. In this case we are taken to the streets of a rainy London and, as well as the black cab of the title, there’s a red number 8 Routemaster going by.

Made from 100% cotton, though it’s more affordable than her wallpaper it’s still not cheap at £79.

Buy it from Liberty

Categories / Art and Photography

Festival of Britain print by Lizzie Allen

Festival of Britain

Wallpaper designer Lizzie Allen has been commissioned to produce this Festival of Britain print which ties in with the Royal Festival Hall's 60th anniversary next year.

Allen's work frequently draws inspiration from 1950s illustrations, such as with her City Gents wallpaper and this design – and subject matter – reflects that interest. The reduced colour palette of yellow, red and grey creates a period feel and draws attention to the gleaming new Festival Hall in the background. There's also an atmosphere of fun – from the aeroplane in the sky, to the brass band, to the 60th birthday balloon. 

The print is on a large scale, at 70 x 100cm and is limited to a run of 60 copies. Each print costs £250. 

Buy it from the Southbank Centre