Categories / Art and Photography

Chase and Wonder Royal Festival Hall print

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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.

Buy it from the Southbank Centre

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 / Design and Interiors

SORT Festival of Britain commemorative stationery set

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Cast your mind back and you may remember Modern Living stationery set we featured from the Society of Revisionist Typographers, otherwise known as SORT. SORT have produced another product for the Southbank Centre, this time a Festival of Britain commemorative stationery set

The duo have deployed their letterpress skills to echo the graphic style and logos of the original Festival of Britain. Each set contains 30 sheets of notepaper, split between two different styles, 20 printed envelopes and one notebook, all in a presentation box.

Something to write home about, the set costs £15.

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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.  

Buy it from the Southbank Centre

Categories / Architecture, Art and Photography

Skylon print by Paul Catherall

This Skylon print by Paul Catherall is another striking piece of artwork created to mark the 60th anniversary of Festival of Britain.

The Skylon tower was built as part of the Festival of Britain but lasted only a year before being taken down It now just survives on London's Southbank as the name of the Royal Festival Hall resturant. Catherall's linocut makes it look like the futuristic creation it must have appeared like back then – he says he was aiming to capture the adventure and spirit of optimism of the festival. The colours used are perfect to reflect the period of Skylon and help create a striking piece of artwork. 

The print is limited to 60 and costs £195. 

Buy it from The Southbank Centre

Categories / Architecture, Christmas

Stefi Orazi Southbank Centre Christmas Cards

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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