The Poundshop at ICA


Quid Pro Quo

Our favourite design-led, budget-conscious pop-up is back again - bringing festive cheer to London...

Ho ho ho! It’s that time of year again when everyone spends far more than they can afford on Christmas presents in an effort not to appear tight. If you are already worrying about your January credit card bill, and would like a return to the old “it’s the thought that counts” days that seem but a distant memory, how about checking out our favourite enduring pop-up, The Poundshop? The peripatetic pop-up is the answer to your prayers – the prices range from a measly quid to a ceiling of £15, with everything in the store carefully curated by The Poundshop pairing of George Wu and Sara Melin.

Designers and makers from all over the place submit their wares to filmmaker George and design lecturer Sara for consideration, and after the intensive vetting process you can be sure that everything assigned a place on their shelves is there on merit. Selfridges and Somerset House have previously played host to The Poundshop, and this festive season it’s the turn of The Institute of Contemporary Arts – this particular session coinciding with Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Bag a design-minded stocking filler at the ICA from 18 to 21 December.


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ICA installation photography, Lorella Bianco