Love London, Love Barbara Chandler
This morning I attended Top Drawer for the launch of Barbara Chandler’s photographic celebration of London life called Love London. The book contains 180 photographs Barbara has taken over nearly 25 years depicting regular life in London. Following a highly successful launch in July 2011 a product range has now been launched featuring the images on several items for the home.
Barbara Chandler is an internationally regarded authority on design, and is the design correspondent for The Evening Standard. A very keen photographer over the years Barbara has amassed a personal collection of thousands of pictures of London. She has been selling her unique handmade photo-cards in the Conran Shop for many years and also sells framed prints of her images.
The advances in digital printing have allowed DigetexHOME to work with Barbara to produce a range of products featuring highly detailed copies of her photography and the quotations that appear in the book. The wonderful police helmets cushion shown above features a quotation from Seymour Hicks on the reverse side “The first sign of age … is when you go out into the streets of London and realise for the first time how young the policemen look.” Digitex have also produced a range of tea towels, wall coverings and fabric. Aprons, roller blinds and large-scale wall murals are also available.
Another product line is a range of four 8″ bone china plates, the one depicting Nelson’s Column is shown above. The other images featured are Hyde Park Corner, The Embankment, Liverpool Street & The Gherkin. The images cover both traditional and contemporary London and would make a great gift for any lovers of London. Manufactured by The New English you could mount them on the wall – or simply use them to eat your cake! The New English have also provided a range of six little trinket boxes featuring some other images.
Andrea Simonutti of Urban Upholstery has helped to expand the product range further by creating a chair featuring a photograph of two red telephone boxes that Barbara took close to her West London home. Using the fabric produced by Digitex the possibility of upholstered furniture pieces is endless – you could even have a sofa featuring Love London images!
Barbara clearly loves London and says she has always wanted to see her photographs printed onto fabrics. If you are attending Top Drawer make sure you see the products there, you can also see the full range online.