Like most people I love a Museum Shop. A good one is always creatively stocked with well- themed homeware, toys, ‘essentials’ like bottle openers and mugs, artsy prints and a good library for further reading.
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, which I visited this weekend has one of the best museum shops I have ever browsed. With an airy and light-filled feel like the rest of the museum, the expansive shop has beautifully merchandised sections which looked like they had sprung from Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
Products included plenty of good quality breton striped tops for kids and adults with mannequins dressed in jaunty neckties, enamelware mugs, camping blankets, trendy anoraks inky blue illustrated cushions and tableware and plenty of products featuring knots, ropes, anchors and portholes!
I also loved the shop’s retail fixtures also in line with the theme – crates, huge barrels and wire baskets displayed wares whilst a reading nook nestled inside a seaside hut and my favourite – the shop till was blanketed in a ship’s blueprint and dressed with recycled bottles.
National Maritime Museum Shop
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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