Wham! Bang! Pow! Tate Modern’s retrospective of the work of US artist Roy Lichtenstein, with 125 paintings and sculptures, has created a London Pop Art moment that extends to its restaurants, hotels and shops.
From college art in the South Place Hotel in the City, to comic prints in Fifties diners — such as Westbourne Park’s Lucky 7 — designers can’t get enough of retro advertising imagery and cartoons. Bold and witty, pop art instantly brightens a space — and there’s plenty to buy on the high street.
1. Pick a print
Oxford-based artist Clay Sinclair describes his art as provocative pop paintings on perspex (Easyart.com). Beautiful Glance ("Get a second chance"; top right) and Little White Lies (below, right) art prints start at £19.95 (40x50cm).
Also at Easyart, Andy Warhol posters and framed prints from £5.95 to ship in 24 hours. The Marilyn, 1967, is the most popular (£19.95-£79.95) but £169.95-£299.64 will buy a Campbell’s Soup Can in green and purple.
For Lichtensteins, visit Art.co.uk for prints including In the Car, 1963 (£44.99), M-Maybe, 1965 (£23.99) and Kiss II, 1962 (£9.99-£39.99). The Tate’s shop sells Whaam! framed for £60 (tate.org.uk).
Alternatively, turn a photo into pop art for £35 at find-me-a-gift.co.uk.
2. Add KA-POW! factor
Find this magnificent Ka-Pow mural, from £79, at digetexhome.com, or for something less room-filling, go for Tee Buzz's True Romance four-sheet wall mural (£26.99) from popartuk.com.
3. Bathroom splash
Scottish Fine Soaps come in Fresh! Scrub! and Wash! tins and are fabulously fragrant (right, £4.95; scottishfinesoap.com). Bags of Love makes personalised shower curtains in two days, including Lichtenstein prints (£99; bagsoflove.co.uk). Step on to a Hello Sexy bathmat (£23.50; mojolondon.co.uk), or find a Pop Art London loo seat for £37.95 (limekitchenandbathroom.co.uk).
4. Pop up your lounge
Italian designer Silvia Zacchello makes to order from £169-£422 (silvazacchello.com). She recycles items such as chairs, tables, panels and (as pictured) phones, inspired by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana and Keith Haring. Some items can be found at Pitfield London (pitfieldlondon.co.uk).
5. Bedroom blitz
The bedroom is perfect for pop touches. Scatter The Letter Room's 3D cartoon letters (£45 a letter; theletterroom.com); turn the light on with a Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn switch cover (from £4.54; etsy.com), or wake up to the Ruark Radio R1 portable radio in orange high-gloss lacquer (£169; cuckooland.com).
6. Sit up in style
Designger Silvia Zacchello is at her most inventive when giving a girly twist to a pre-loved chair. She makes them to order from £169-£422 using both the glossy palette and the iconography of the legends of pop art (silvazacchello.com).
7. Pop out to lunch
Visit a branch of Lebanese restaurant chain Comptoir Libanais for pop art canteen cool. There are Middle Eastern-themed comic strips on the wall and 3D patterns on floors and tables (lecomptoir.co.uk).
8. Kitch out the kitchen
John Lewis’s good-value kitchenware range has pop art style tea towels, tins, aprons and more (£7-£25).
9. Give walls the wow factor
Transform walls and ceilings into installations with Sicis tiles from The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse in Chiswick (£108 per square metre; stoneandceramicwarehouse.co.uk). Or team plain tiles with Zazzle.co.uk’s fun patterns - motifs range from bananas (£9.05 each) to Obama (£10.15 each).
10. The mark of zorro
Woodpop has a range of re-invented retro and antique pieces by young designer Emma Wood. Her stock regularly changes but this Zorro table (£185) (woodpop.co.uk) is irresistible.