You might have noticed that London’s phone boxes have been undergoing a makeover across the capital as part of the BT ArtBox scheme.
As a bit of background, the BT ArtBox is a creative project which has been setting up replicas of red phone booths across the capital, each designed by a different artistic talent. The boxes will then be auctioned off to raise money for ChildLine‘s 25th anniversary – so they’re pretty AND helpful; that’s a double whammy. Here at London Living, we’ve been hunting high and low and have picked out favourite five for you to enjoy.
1. Union Jack
With the Jubilee just gone and an exciting summer lined up, this Union Jack ArtBox had to make it into our top five! This box was designed by the eminent Sir Peter Blake, best known perhaps for designing the iconic album cover for the Beatles ‘Sergeant Pepper’. Also, check out the replica phone box Big Ben in the background – how cool is that?!
Perhaps not the comfiest-looking sofa in the world, but have you ever seen one made out of a phone box before? This stylish little number was designed by British designer Benjamin Shine, and is made from studded leather.
This series of six identical ArtBoxes (one of each year of The Queen’s Jubilee) were designed by Ryan Callanan and inspired by the gilded typography of British public houses. Callanan’s ArtBoxes feature 23ct gold lettering and sparkling diamond dust, making these six very expensive phone boxes!
5. Leopard Print
Animal print has been everywhere in London this spring and summer, but this is the first time we’ve seen it on a phone box! Designed byDave White, this box, entitled ‘Nowhere to Hide’ is part of a series of Dave’s work encompassing the beauty, majesty and magnificence of incredibly rare animals under threat from lost habitats.