Categories / Art and Photography

Chase and Wonder Royal Festival Hall print

Chase and wonder

The print by Chase and Wonder celebrates some of the special quirks of the Royal Festival Hall

If the name Chase and Wonder sounds familiar, they're the duo behind the Lady's and Gentleman's A To Zs we featured a little while back which used detailed, retro styled illustrations to decorate each letter of the alphabet. This print uses the same principle but bases its illustration on the name of the building. For example, you get Abram Games's Festival of Britain logo for A, the Festival being the reason the Hall was built in 1951, while the O is illustrated by the Royal Festival Hall's 7866 pipe organ.   

A2-sized, and limited to 100 copies, the print costs £100.

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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.  

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Categories / Architecture, Christmas

Stefi Orazi Southbank Centre Christmas Cards

Royal festival hall

If you're a fan of the architecture of London's south bank, there's only one set of Christmas cards you should be sending this year: Stefi Orazi's Southbank Centre Christmas cards.

Produced exclusively for their shop, they are very much in the style of her Modernist Christmas cards, stylishly depicting a distinctive mid-century building and then adding snow. Each pack contains four cards – two showing the Royal Festival Hall (which opened in 1951) and two showing the Hayward Gallery (which opened in 1968).

A pack of four cards costs £6.40

Buy them online

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. 

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Categories / Art and Photography, eBay watch

eBay watch: Original 1968 Alan Aldridge-designed The Arts and Censorship event posters


Finding just one original 1960s event poster would be a find, but the seller here has obviously found a quantity of original Alan Aldridge-designed The Arts and Censorship event posters somewhere – and is selling them for a very reasonable price on eBay.

The poster was printed in 1968 for a large event put on by The National Council for Civil Liberties and  The Defence of Literature & The Arts Society at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday 9th December 1968. Aldridge did the artwork for the event, which featured the likes of The Grateful Dead, John Peel, Rita Tushingham, George Melly and Paul Jones to name just a few.

The poster is printed on coated paper stock in full colour, sized around 31 x 20 inches. Condition is described as 'good', but with the occasional bent corner due to storage for 40+ years. Price? A very affordable £30.18 on a 'buy it now'. More than 10 are available.

Find out more at the eBay website

Categories / Architecture

Modernist London card pack by Stefi Orazi

Mod summer

With snow over much of the UK, those dreaming of bright blue skies should take a look at this Modernist London card pack by Stefi Orazi. It's like the Modernist Christmas cards which we featured a couple of years back but with the added novelty of the sun being out! 

The set features six of the capital's modern icons: the BT Tower, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Golden Lane Estate, Isokon building along with the K8 Phone box, each illustrated in Stefi Orazi's distinctive style. Envelopes are provided so it's easy to spread a little sunshine. 

The pack costs £12

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