We’re pleased to be offering this super stylish white ‘Scandiphone’ telephone. It is a design classic, based on the original Ericofon, made by L M Ericsson of Sweden way back in the 1950s. The original design brief was to make the phone small, lightweight, and easy to use. The result was a telephone that had never been seen before and a design that revolutionised telephone development.
The modern version has kept the stylish characteristics of it’s predecessor but has been updated for the 21st Century. The phone features push button dialing, redial, ringer volume on/off and a cool nostalgic ringtone.
Dimensions: (w) 98mm x (h) 212mm x (d) 110mm
Purple haze all around…well not exactly as in the meaning of Jimi Hendrix’s song but in the form of these gorgeous chunky wool hand knitted royal purple cushions that will be available very soon at Courtyard Boutique in a variety of sizes! Did we also mention that all of our knitted cushions are Handmade in the UK? Well we have now!
We are very excited to announce the addition of Stuart Gardiner’s designer homeware products to our range!
Stuart is a very talented graphic designer and art director who chose to use his information design background and applied infographics to homeware textiles, launching his first product in 2009 – a Seasonal Guide tea towel. This is one of our favourite designs and will be available from thecourtyardboutique.co.uk from January.
Other creative designs include the ‘Glove & Cake Single Oven Mitt’. Ladies don’t hate, and they certainly love cake. Check out this bling single oven mitt, with double sided print – ‘Love’ for right handers, ‘Cake’ for left handers!
Having studied at Falmouth College of Arts and now designs his products from his East London studio. The studio prides itself on keeping production UK-based and commits to minimising environmental impact.
Stuart’s work has had lots of press coverage, including the Independent Magazine, Guardian Weekend Magazine and Time Out.
Look out for Stuart’s products available on our online shop in January.
Ok so it has been a rather busy few weeks here at Courtyard HQ and we’ve loved it! We’re feeling festive and as well as getting stuck into making our own Christmas cards, but we’ve also been thinking about posting them and those special Christmas stamps which make your envelopes even more merry and bright! ! We thought we would share some of our favourite British Royal Mail Christmas postage stamps plus some others from across the pond! Do you have a favourite?
Britain’s first Christmas stamps 1966
The designs for Britain’s first Christmas stamps was a result of a children’s competition. Eight professional stamp designers judged the 5000 entries received and eventually awarded the prizes to Tasveer Shemza and James Berry, both aged six. Shemza’s design features King Wenceslas, while Berry’s shows a snowman.
The image of Santa Claus which appears on the First Day Cover was designed by Ann Belshaw. So cute!
Father Christmas British Postage Stamps 2004
Best-selling cartoonist and author Raymond Briggs created illustrations of one of his most famous characters for 2004′s Christmas stamps. One of his biggest successes has been Father Christmas in 1973. Brigg’s Father Christmas is a working class character, rather than a regal Santa on a throne or the owner of a factory staffed by elves, which was followed in 1978 by The Snowman. The Snowman was made into an animated film in 1982 and is a firm favourite on television every year.
Wallace and Gromit Bristish Christmas Postage Stamps 2010
Wallace and Gromit were created by animator Nick Park in the 1980s. Since then the pair have starred in a number of films, advertisements and television programmes made by Aardman Animations. Royal Mail’s design team worked closely with Nick Park and Aardman Animations to devise brand new scenes featuring the pair.
The approach to the stamps was similar to how Aardman create a film, with Nick Park drawing scenes and visual jokes involving the characters, before refining the designs so that they would work in a definitive stamp format. Each stamp was then constructed with models, props and background sets – all created especially for the issue.
American Holiday Postage Stamp 2011 issue
So simple and bright! The U.S. Postal Service’s Holiday stamps for 2011 feature four colorful ornaments. Linda Fountain, an illustrator located in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, created the ornaments shown in the stamp art. Drawing on styles popular during the 1950s, she first sketched the ornaments then rendered them using cut paper. These renderings were scanned and turned into digital files. The actual art objects are slightly larger than a sheet of typing paper.
British Christmas Folk Customs Postage Stamps 1986
This pack was designed by Collis Clements and illustrated by Lynda Gray. Made and printed in Britain, issued on November 18th 1986.
Australian Christmas Stamp 1973
Stamps designed by Lynda Gray
150th Anniversary of Publication of A Christmas Carol – British Christmas Stamp 1993
1993 Commemorative Christmas Stamps
Designed by Quentin Blake
Commemorative British Christmas Postage Stamp 1973
Designed by Sally Stiff
Print Process Photogravure
German Christmas Stamp 1972
Stamp design shows three wise men in a bright and bold graphic style.
Twelve Days of Christmas British Postage Stamp 1977
Designed by David Gentleman. You wouldn’t want to separate this set to spoil the story!
American Christmas Stamp – Santa’s Sleigh 1989
This contemporary mint Christmas stamp from 1989 (issued on Oct. 19) depicts a sleigh with gifts. The stamp was designed by Steven Dohanos, and measures 23mm x 31mm. The above image is an enlargement.
The 1951 Festival of Britain celebrates it’s 60th anniversary this year and our favourite interior designers, Mini Moderns, have dreamed up a stylish range of products to coincide with this important cultural landmark.
And to top it off, Elle Decoration Magazine recognised their beauty and recently named them as their ‘Buy of the Month’.
We are thrilled to have a selection of ‘Festival’ products available to buy online at the Courtyard Boutique.