The House of St. Barnabas in Soho is a private member’s club with a difference. Located at the northernmost corner of Greek Street, it began in 1862 as a ‘refuge for the waifs and strays of the turbid sea of human society’ and still runs as a charity for the homeless to this day.
And it’s now launching a new project to preserve some of the fonts of old Soho, as seen on signs around the area, before they’re lost forever to the developers. Called Lost & Foundry from The House of St. Barnabas the seven selected typefaces are each named after their signs, from ‘Charity’ named after the old St Barnabas font itself, to ‘Berwick’ taken from an old Berwick Street sign.
Lost & Foundry will be officially launched at The House of St. Barnabas on 10 July, after which the seven fonts will be available to buy from the Fontsmith online shop, as well as on a limited edition set of posters. And one of those posters will be designed by Steven Wilson. Six other artists are involved also; Anthony Burrill, Dangerous Minds, SMiLE Street Art, I Love Dust, Morag Myerscough and Supermundane.
The event is being hosted my M&C Saatchi.
From the launch date you’ll be able to see Steven’s work and more at lostandfoundry.org.uk
All proceeds will be donated to The House of St. Barnabas.
A teaser of the image from Steve is shown here.