50s fun at the new Royal Festival Hall shop

In Design, nice things on April 7, 2011 at 11:33 am

Another day, another great South London shop (yes we can claim it, it’s south of the river).

The lovely Royal Festival Hall shop reopens TODAY, with more space and more Midcentury-inspired designs. Being a big fan of all things Southbank, I went along for a sneak preview.

If you’ve not been before, the shop is tucked down the side of the RFH, half under Hungerford Bridge, and has now expanded back into the railway arch behind. As well as all the 1950s loveliness, there’s lots of Festival of Britain loveliness, this year being the 60th anniversary  (watch out for the big event opening Easter Weekend), and a year long showcase for Cockpit Arts, which supports London-based designer/makers providing workshop space in Holborn and Deptford. Three designer/makers will be available every three months, and to celebrate Cockpit’s own silver jubilee each will be doing a special £25 item.

The shop is crammed with great stuff but here’s just a few things that caught my eye (nb it’s my birthday in July…). If you are tempted to buy anything, just tell yourself you are supporting independent creatives.

Chichi Cavalcanti cushions, £144

Lulu the Cat (£25) Lulu the Kitten (£16) and Miss Moss the Mouse (£16)

All individually created by Terri Leahy (check out the tail! And the squeak!)

Jen Rowland's pretty notebooks (and cushions, and prints and tote bags…)

Festival of Britain tote bags from Mini Moderns (left) and Lizzie Allen (right) £15

Upcycled china by Esther Coombs. Crockery bought from charity shops then hand painted with her own designs. Teacup and saucer £36

Pleasingly-shaped alarm clocks, £10

Michelle Mason bus blind mugs, £12

Acapulco Chairs (£150 and £380)

The iconic Net and Ball design (used for the RFH carpets)

Links (these open in a new window)

Cockpit Arts (Chichi, Jen Rowlands, Terri Leahy)

RFH Shop

Southbank Centre Festival of Britain Celebrations


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