They are the folk behind People Will Always Need Plates, a company we have featured regularly in the past. But soon, Robin Farquhar and Hannah Dipper will offer those distinctive designs in book form, courtesy of London Buildings: An Architectural Tour.
Published by Batsford, the book will offer 45 illustrations of London’s best buildings, from Sir Christopher Wren’s 1675 Greenwich Royal Observatory to Richard Rogers’ 2000 Montevetro development, taking in the 19th-century Victoria and Albert Museum, 20s modernist masterpieces such as the Isokon Building and concrete Brutalist icons like the National Theatre and Trellick Tower.
Throw in some all-new images produced just for the book and some words describing just why the authors love the buildings they depict and it should be a winner. Published in August, but available for pre-order now, the book is priced at £8.99.
Find out more at the Amazon website
A new range from People Will Always Need Plates is always welcomed and their new “Looking Up in London” collection is in their quintessential style.
Printed on ceramic mugs, the illustrations are of well-known architectural landmarks, but from the perspective of someone at street level looking up. Choose from the Post Office Tower, Battersea Power Station, 1 Canada Square or Centrepoint.
The mugs cost £10 each from the People Will Always Need Plates website.
A new product from People Will Always Need Plates is always something to celebrate. Their latest range are these Electric Avenue Trays.
The illustration celebrates the past 200 years of British architecture with the different styles of homes we have had. The streets are complete with the type of transport typical of that period. The trays are available in two sizes, a large one (43cm by 33cm) and a small (27cm by 20cm), which cost £25 and £17.50 respectively. The colours are People Will Always Need Plates signature pop art shades – process blue or 70s green for the large trays or blood orange or magenta for the small.
Buy the trays directly from People Will Always Need Plates.
Margo Selby and People Will Always Need Plates have collaborated on two new textile designs for the London Transport Museum, including the bus blind fabric pictured.
The pattern is based around iconic bus routes and destinations, echoing the style of classic bus blinds. In a silver and black colourway, it is available on the same furniture as their moquette range. This textile isn't moquette though, instead being made of a cotton and viscose mix.
It's not the first time the designers have worked together – you may remember their Trellick Tower cushion, a design that's echoed in their second design which is based around closing tube doors.
Prices start at £39.99 for getting the fabric on a cushion.
Find out more online
The “Your Placemat or Mine?” Placemats and Coasters are latest products from perennial favourites People Will Always Need Plates.
As we have come to expect from this company, the placemats and coasters feature drawings of architecture, set against a brightly coloured background. There are two series to choose from, with both available as either placemats or coasters. Set A features homes from the Georgian period up to the 1940s, whilst Set B are four buildings from the 1960s up to modern day.
A set of four coasters costs £20 and four placements £40 from the People Will Always Need Plates website.
You may think that People Will Always Need Plates have exhausted all the possible designs that come from the Trellick Tower: we've seen cushions, plates and mugs and even a Christmas stocking. However, it's back to this iconic Brutalist building they go for their latest product, a cushion of the Trellick Tower façade, produced in collaboration with Margo Selby.
Margo's skill lies in weaving – indeed you may have seen her on the BBC Mastercrafts programme – and this cushion shows the façade of the building recreated using woven silk/viscose jacquard. This gives a nice tactile feel and some would almost say an almost welcoming look both to the building and to the cushion.
The cushions are turquoise on one side and white on the other and filled with a feather core. They cost £70 each.
Buy it from Rume