Red phone boxes

In Dulwich OnView, new content on January 5, 2010 at 9:43 am

Here’s something interesting.

I learned recently the deisgner of the red phone box – now sadly no longer in production – was a good friend of Sir John Soane, architect of, among many other grand projects, Dulwich Picture Gallery. There’s an example of this iconic piece of design in the grounds of the Gallery as a nod to the inspiration from whence it came. If you look closely, the top of the mausoleum in the Gallery has a similar shape to that of the red phone box. And it’s a design which has spread far and wide ever since. Examples of the old phone boxes can be found all over the globe. I found one recently in Bilbao. There’s a piece all about it on Dulwich OnView today.


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