The Barbican Shop has just commissioned a group of designers to create unique gifts. The brief was to interpret the buildings architectural forms and the Barbican’s cultural offering through patterns, pictures and products exclusively for the Barbican Shop. You can buy stationery notepads, greeting cards, mugs, cushions, T-shirts, jewellery, tote bags, art prints and more. Next time you’re visiting this amazing arts and learning venue, pop in and browse the shop.
Barbican Shop Designers and Unique Gifts
The Barbican Centre divides opinion, it’s a bit like marmite, some love the Brutalist architecture while others don’t (I’m a fan). The complex was given Grade II listed building status in September 2001. Exterior aside, this cultural hub is known for pushing the boundaries of major art forms which is underpinned by a creative learning programme. It’s great to see The Barbican working with designers to bring the architecture and cultural essence to life. Collaborations with designers Lindsey Lang, Kate Farley, Daniel Clarke, Alfred and Wilde and Wolf and Moon are a new and interesting way to celebrate this building and all it has to offer.
Lindsey Lang: Queen of geometric patterns, Lindsey is known for her bold wall and floor tiles. Her Lauderdale Collection for the Barbican takes inspiration from the Lauderdale Tower which references the brutalist architecture shapes plus the bush-hammered concrete detailing. The black, grey and white pattern adorns a number of objects including a notebook, tea towel, bag, cushion and chair along with two prints and three mug designs.
Lindsey Lang Lauderdale Collection
Kate Farley: Kate is known for her modernist graphic surface patterns which adorn textiles, wallpaper and cards. In the past Kate’s work has been inspired by her allotment and constructed fabrics. Her Rhythms Collection for the Barbican fuses architecture forms with music. This pattern is delivered in deep purple or black on a tea towel, notebook, mug, bag and print option.
Kate Farley Rhythms Collection
Daniel Clarke: Designer and illustrator Daniel is often inspired by architecture. He usually combines digital with a traditional approach and manipulates shapes and textures to created various layers. For his Overlay Collection, Daniel has reinterpreted the iconic structure designs of the Barbican estate in a strong colour palette. His products include a magnet, pouch, mug, bag and cushion.
Daniel Clarke Overlay Collection
Alfred and Wilde: This East End London design studio of Simon Mitchell is known for bringing London architecture to life. The Elements Collection showcases the Barbican’s modernist architectural highlights and motifs. The graphic designs are in grey, wood and brass finishes. You can buy cards in three designs, notebooks in three designs, mugs in two designs or a T-shirt.
Alfred and Wilde Elements Collection
Alfred and Wilde with Wolf and Moon: Hannah Davis of Wolf and Moon has collaborated with Alfred and Wilde to create the Elements Jewellery Collection. Hannah is a British designer who has applied the Elements design onto two types of earrings, two types of necklaces, a broach and cuff links. These feature semi-circle and line circles.
Alfred and Wilde with Wolf and Moon Elements Collection
More Barbican Shop Products
Aside from the collections I’ve mentioned above you can also buy a set of Visual Music prints by illustrator James Brown. If you’re looking to buy a cute gift for kids, you’ll love the creative toys by Charlotte Trounce which includes a memory game and kaleidoscope (I used to love mine when I was a kid) plus a stationery notebook. The Barbican Residents photographic book is also an interesting gift for creatives and anyone interested in Brutalist architecture. It features 22 residents photographed by Anton Rodriguez (also a resident) with a foreword by Katie Treggiden.
Barbican Shop Information
To buy the products online visit the Barbican Shop Website. Or visit the Barbican physical shop which is located at The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. The new on-site shop is planned to open early December in time for Christmas. The nearest tube station is the Barbican which is serviced by the Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan Lines. Moorgate tube station (Northern, Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan Lines) and Moorgate Train station (Great Northern) are also close by. Opening hours of the shop are currently 11am-6pm daily and later on performance days up until 8.30pm but do check online in case that changes.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Barbican. Thanks: David Gorrod at Seen PR.