As I discovered when visiting with my family over the weekend, the Barbican is now selling an exclusive range of Alan Fletcher merchandise, including T-shirts, bags and iPhone cases
As we reported at the time, in May last year Alan Fletcher’s daughter Raffaella set up an online archive of the late great designer’s work, Work and Play. The family has now licenced a range or merchandise (created with Kit Grover) which has been on sale at The Barbican and via online retailer Culture Label since the beginning of February.
I stumbled across it while attending the We Create Barbican Weekender (great idea, shame about the queues…)
On sale in the Barbican Shop, as well as Fletcher’s books, are tote bags and fridge magnets bearing a famous Miss Piggy quote rendered in Fletcher’s unmistakable scratchy hand
Notebooks and iPhone cases using Fletcher’s Technological Graveyard poster of used pencils
This T-shirt, with one of his favourite quotes (by Queen Victoria)
And a Rorschach print silk scarf
We often moan that graphic designers never get the wider acclaim enjoyed by their peers in other areas of design and art so it was great to see a collection celebrating a “grand master of modern graphics” alongside the Lomography cameras and Vitra posters (they also sell a book on the Barbican’s visual identity system by the way – how many other places do that?)
The iPhone case did make the launch though – Alan once described Apple’s business model to CR as eing equivalent to someone “grabbing you by the throat with one hand while going through your pockets with the other”.
The Alan Fletcher range is available from The Barbican here