Sophie Allport has designed a collection in partnership with Macmillan Publishers to celebrate a landmark anniversary of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.
The book by Lewis Carroll commemorates its 150th anniversary this year and British designer Sophie Allport has created a limited edition collection of homeware to mark the occasion, inspired by artwork based on the original colour illustrations that are owned by Macmillan.
Sophie said: “When Macmillan approached me last year to design a collection I couldn’t wait to get started. I have absolutely loved designing this range. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are all such amazing characters. They are among the best-loved, most iconic literary creations of all time.”
The Sophie Allport ‘Alice’ collection will include a range of stationery (gift wrap, gift tags, A5 notebook, notelets); fine bone china (cereal bowl, mug, egg cup, tea cup & saucer, tea pot, side plate, jug, tea tidy); oilcloth (child apron, lunch bag, backpack, pencil case); and kitchen textiles (oven gloves, apron, tea towel, tea cosy, fabric by the metre). Retail prices will start at £2 for a sheet of wrapping paper up to a £32 for a large fine bone china tea pot.
All products will carry the trademarked Macmillan Alice official anniversary logo. Macmillan is publishing a full range of titles throughout the year, from collectable heritage titles to new books for younger readers. The list includes ‘The Nursery Alice’ (adapted by Carroll and published in 1890) and ‘The Complete Alice’: a gift compendium of Alice works with a foreword by Philip Pullman.
Anna Bond, Pan Macmillan Group sales director commented: “Sophie Allport’s images of our favourite characters from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ complement the traditional Macmillan illustrations perfectly. She has taken the Macmillan-owned John Tenniel images that were coloured first by Harry G Theaker in 1911, and subsequently by Diz Wallis in 1995, and made them her own. The Sophie Allport images are everything that we hoped that they would be when we approached her to partner with us as in our 150th celebrations of The Macmillan Alice.”
Sophie Allport’s collection launches in June – just in time to celebrate Alice Day on July 4.