Didn’t realise he had done these, but back in 2010 Sir Peter Blake did indeed produce these signed Russian Dolls in a limited run. If you missed out on these super cool pieces of pop art, two sets have just landed on eBay.
Baggage, written by Samuil Marshak and illustrated by artist Vladimir Lebedev, was first published in Russia in 1926. But this English-language reissue is sure to win some new fans, kids and adults alike.
Owl-inspred design ought to have become tired by now but there's something incredibly enduring about these birds and this Painted Owl Wallpaper from Anthroplogie is another gem.
The design alternates a diamond-pattern stripe with a repeat owl motif in both black and white and colour. The monochromatic background ensures that the coloured owls really pop; they have a kaleidoscopic quality in terms of both colour and pattern. The design is inspired by Russian Lubok printing; a popular folk art style.
The wallpaper costs £78 a roll which will cover 5m² and comes with SureStrip backing which means no messing around with wallpaper paste, simply wet the reverse and hang.
If you're organising your new year courtesy of the Redstone Press 2010 diary we featured a little while back, you may be interested to learn Redstone have collaborated with Magma to produce seven Masters of Early Russian Children's Books prints, based on some of the 1920s and '30s illustrations reproduced in the diary.
The prints are all striking and unusual images and include Vladimir Lebedev's 1929 illustration of woman driving to train station from 1929, shown above. Each print is hand-screen printed as part of a limited edition of 100 and costs £30.