Pop Artist, Roy Lichtenstein, born and raised in New York City, was greatly inspired by consumerism and culture. This makes the new limited-edition home collection, debuting at Barney’s New York, all the more fitting. Considering Lichtenstein actually produced a set of china and paper plates in the ’60s, it’s fair to say he’d approve of the collection were he alive today. Under the direction of the late artist’s wife, Dorothy, and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Barney’s took great pains to make sure the colors, quality, and reproduction of his work was just so.
The Lichtenstein collection includes beach towels, bags, paper cups and plates, pool floats, place mats and china—all with the distinct mark of the artist. “Ice Cream Soda,” “Drawing for Kiss IV,” and “Baked Potato” are among the iconic images used for the products. Lichtenstein often used comical subjects in his paintings, like comic strips and super heroes, so Barney’s creative director Dennis Freedman was sure to acknowledge it. “We’re not trying to be overly serious,” he explained. “There is a playfulness and that’s intentional. We hope people will use the beach ball and the pool float.”
The products will retail between $28 and $295 with 25 percent of all sales going to the Art Production Fund. But don’t wait too long—Barney’s will not have second production runs on any of the specialized items. Considering the popularity the artist has maintained well beyond his death, we’re sure like the stroke of a brush these products will be gone in no time!