I have been lucky to have been involved with The Poundshop since my student days so when Sara Melin and George Wu, funders of The Poundshop, contacted me to be part of their latest shop linked to their BBC appearance, I couldn’t have been happier.

The Poundshop is a pop up shopping project based on the idea of selling quality designer products at affordable prices.

Its main objective is to make design accessible to a wider audience with all products sold within the £1, £3 and £5 price bands. I have always believed good design should be affordable and materials, cost and process should always be carefully considered. As Charles & Ray Eames famously said:

“We wanted to make the best for the most for the least.”  


Over the years, The Poundshop have organised pop up shops at numerous spaces across the world, including Selfridges, Somerset House, Loft Tokyo and Science Museum in London. To mark their appearance on BBCOne’s September 23rd  episode of Pound Shop Wars  (right before Great British Bake Off 😉) they are hosting an exclusive 7 week long webshop.  Alongside a range of amazing products at little prices they are selling a new collection of my mini books.


This is my 4th collection of books for The Poundshop exploring the possibilities of public domain (check the first, second and third – all sold out now). These little books by some of my favourite authors such as Virginia Woolf, Saki, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde and Katherine Mansfield aim to create awareness of the greatest resource in human history: public domain. All knowledge will eventuallly become part of it.

Design-wise I wanted something a bit different for the jackets this time, using coloured patterns to differentiate the books instead of illustrations and coloured stock. For this, I hand marbled strips of paper in fluorescent inks. This is a technique I have played around with a few times but never actually used on a project before. I love how unpredictable the resulting patterns can be. It gives character to each book and makes them unique but the colours tie them in and help give a sense of cohesion. The marbled paper strips were wrapped around the books creating a detachable belly band.


Solid Objects by Virginia Woolf, Crazy Sunday by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Rocket by Oscar Wild are all available at £1 each from The Poundshop website for a limited time only alongside great products by young UK based designers. Grab yourself a bargain!

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