Living Knowledge blog

20 March 2018

Building up a new Shop range

Do you love the British Library’s building? Its five and a half floors of light filled space, designed by architects Sir Colin St John Wilson and M J Long, are full of sumptuous finishes such as travertine, oak, leather and brass, and provide the gateway to our magnificent collection.

Entrance Hall at the British Library
Entrance Hall at the British Library

We have woven some of these colours and textures into a new building range, now available in our Shop. Drawing inspiration from our iconic building, the range includes stationery, accessories and homeware.

Inspired by our architecture  a bespoke jewellery range by Victoria Myatt
Inspired by our architecture, a bespoke jewellery range by Victoria Myatt from Promises Promises

Details of our stairs are reflected in this pocket mirror     This bespoke tote bag echoes the red pillars around the British Library building at St Pancras
Pocket mirrors echoing the motifs of our stairs and tote bags drawing on elements found on the red pillars around our building

Jewellery designer Victoria Myatt from Promises Promises, who has created some handmade items exclusively for the range, says: ‘I wanted to take elements that were instantly recognisable from the building to build the collection around: the layers of stairs and balconies in graceful curves, the leather wrapped hand rails, the graphic shapes of the clock and landscaping. The final pieces have strong lines, layering and shapes that I feel echo the iconic nature of the building, both its structure and its purpose.’ As well as jewellery, inspiration from the interior design of the building can be found on notebooks, tote bags and mirrors in the building range.

Victoria Myatt's moodboard
Victoria Myatt's inspirations based on our architecture

The perfect place to find quirky books and gifts for the curious and literary-minded, the British Library Shop is also inspired by our collections and exhibitions. From rediscovered historical crime classics and our archive capturing the early days of punk, to the original Alice in Wonderland manuscript and our recent Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition, our award-winning themed Pop-up shops and product ranges create an immersive experience inviting visitors to get closer to our collections. Our Buying team is committed to supporting designer-makers and discovering new talent to create our bespoke ranges.       

To take a piece of the building home with you, pop in to our Shop or browse the collection online. Every purchase supports the British Library.

Shimei Zhou, Content and Community Team