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Wanted: London Design

With all eyes on the capital we present our pick of the best London inspired designs

By Rise Art | 16 Jul 2012

With the London 2012 Festival in full swing, it's time to celebrate the diversity and creativity of our beloved capital city. Check out these London-inspired designs that we just can't get enough of.

Newham by Stephen Walter

Stephen Walter creates beautifully intricate and personal maps by moving away from traditional cartographic practice. Instead, he uses memories and symbols to represent space. As well as addressing questions of subjectivity and place, the works are playful and we particularly love this piece that features the 'End of the World', which Walter has decided is situated just beyond the Olympic Park. This and other works from the London series are available for purchase on Rise Art

S-Shard by Tobias Till

Capturing the transformation of our capital city, we are huge fans of Tobias Till's London A-Z series. Particularly striking is this work featuring the jewel on the crown of London Bridge's regeneration programme, the iconic Shard building, the tallest skyscraper in London. View and purchase these unique limited prints on Rise Art. 

Anytime Tea by Rosy Lee Tea

There is nothing a Londoner loves more than a proper cup of tea. Rosy Lee have created these eye catching limited edition tins to house their Anytime Tea which they promise will 'warm the cockles of yer heart!'. Cuppa anyone? Available from


Retro Olympics Poster

Get your hands on this wonderful reproduction print of the 1948 London Olympics poster designed by Walter Herz, available from I Love Retro. High in kitsch-factor but high in charm, we've already ordered ours.

London Tray by Maria Holmer Dahlgren

Who said you can't be domesticated AND stylish? Brighten up meal times with this London inspired tray by Swedish designer Maria Holmer Dahlgren, available from

BT Artbox

You might have noticed some unusual looking phone boxes dotted around the city the last few weeks. They are part of BT's ArtBox project, which sees the telecom giant collaborating with artists and designers to produce unique takes on the iconic red phone box design. One of the quirkier designs is Benjamin Shine's Box Lounger (pictured above), which turns the Gilbert Scott phone box into a sofa, complete with button-back red leather upholstery.  After being displayed on the streets of London the 'ArtBoxes' will then be auctioned off, to raise money for Childline's 25 anniversary, for further details see the BT ArtBox website.


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