There’ll be many eyes focusing on London this week with the Royal Wedding happening on Friday…
…so “L” has to be for London!
We’ve gathered images of H is for Home shop stock items – past & present, that celebrate the capital…
…famous landmarks, archetypal characters and classic scenes.
They’ve appeared on all kinds of products…
…lots of tins, pottery and book illustrations…
…and tea towels, posters and postcards.
We’d be tempted to have quite a collection if we were London dwellers!
We can’t resist a few pieces, even though we live out int’ sticks up t’North.
We often see London-tastic products in the glossy interior magazines and websites – and we usually forget to bookmark them!
However, you’ll always find some good stuff at places like the London Transport Museum or V & A Museum web shops…
…and take a look at the “We ♥ London” Etsy Treasury that we’ve put together.
P.S. – Another special London event started last week – commemorating the original 1951 Festival of Britain.
We loaned a few items to Kiera Buckley-Jones from BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine. She has recreated rooms from the period. Read her blog series charting its development here. We’re hoping to take a little trip down south to see it before it finishes in September.
We mentioned buying this Festival of Britain brochure in our last blog – Five Flea Finds.
We’ve really enjoyed flicking through it.
Quite a few people have expressed an interest, so we thought we’d share some of its contents with you.
The Festival was held in 1951 – it celebrated the centenary of The Great Exhibition held in 1851 – but was also intended to showcase Britain in the mid twentieth century.
What an exciting event in must have been – with the new wave of optimism after the Second World War.
Exhibitions were held around the country, the main site occupying a position on the South Bank in London which was completely redeveloped.
The Festival had a great influence on architecture, interior and product design in the years that followed.
The brochure contains about 100 pages in total.
It highlights the main attractions – exhibition spaces & their contents, new structures (including the Royal Festival Hall and the famous Skylon), the designers involved etc.
As is often the case with publications from this era, there are some fantastic advertisements too…
…bold, colourful and forward-looking.
The brochure is a must have item for Festival of Britain collectors – but also of broader interest to fans of modernism & mid twentieth century design.