Thorsten Van Elten was approached by Create, an East London creative agency, to work with five designers to create some well-considered souvenirs as an alternative to the usual tourist tat.
Thorsten says: “The brief was to ‘draw on the heritage of East London and be the desirable antidote to the overly-commercial, tacky souvenirs on sale across London this summer’. Well, we think the results are rather lovely. And they are all made right here in England (and three of them right here in London).” The first, Shops ’n Houses, pictured above, is a set of five miniature bone-china houses celebrating East London’s High Streets designed by Barnaby Barford.
This record by Dominic Wilcox is a 10″ vinyl with the sound of 21 makers in East London. Sounds include the making of shoes, spectacles & beigels as well as the sound of re-tuning a church bell. Record comes with individual digital download code (for those in the 21st Century). Made in East London.
Pack of three A5 exercise books with lovely Donna Wilson illustrations on the cover. On the back is a map to find some nice places in East London to cycle, swim or do handstands. Printed in East London.
A series of coloured enamel badges to celebrate the dying art of Cockney Rhyming Slang. Sold in packs of three, these will be mounted on an A6 postcard with a little bit of history and explanation about Cockney Rhyming Slang. Made in Birmingham. Three varieties available: Rosy Lee, Adam & Eve or Pony Trap.
A paperweight/doorstop/bookend based on the mooring bollards of Regents Canal. Made from cast iron at an East London Foundry, these are available in black or fluorescent red. They are pretty heavy – about 1.5kg! Made in East London.
All available at SCP Ltd, purveyor of the finest souvenirs. Of course.