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telephone boxes_31_05_12The red telephone K6 kiosk gets a makeover this summer.

Though The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has cranked up the British nostalgia levels a few notches – flags and corgi pictures everywhere, anyone? – one of Britain’s most iconic landmark features is set for a fashionable revamp this summer. As part of this summer’s BT ArtBox project – a vast open-air public art exhibition set to take over London in June and July – over 80 artists, architects and designers have given the good old red telephone box, or ’K6 kiosk phone box’, a modern makeover.
Housing their boxes in Harvey Nichols’ Sloane Street store are designer Giles Deacon, artist Loz Atkinson and photographer Willie Christie. While Mister Deacon has paved the way in the on-trend telephone stakes, decorating his ArtBox walls with his pre-fall 2012 collection illustrations, Willie Christie has gone for a more seductive version of the K6 kiosk. Using a photograph of US Vogue ‘s Grace Coddington’s lips – who happens to be his ex-wife – to adorn his phone box, the booth is the picture of pouting, to say the least. Loz Atkinson’s ‘night’ themed telephone box can be spotted in the fifth floor foodmarket.

The English garden has also been a popular theme among the kiosk artists. Interior designer Nina Campbell painted the picture of a fair lady in an English country garden scene, and designer Julien Macdonald has gone for a cutesy blue and white floral pattern.

Jewellery designer Kyle Hopkins, meanwhile, has created his very own throne room by installing an ornate velvet-covered chair and painting his box in classic pillar-box red. Though you might not be able to call your friends from this luxurious telephone point, it’s worth spying them out for a quirky photo opportunity or two.

With other K6 kiosks brandishing tartan, deer heads and leopard print motifs, keep your eyes peeled for the snazzy ArtBox scheme this summer.

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