Based on the East coast of Essex, Phillips Design is inspired by our wish to share our love of everything to do with the Thames sailing barges which grace this part of the world.
Rita began working for the East Coast Sail Trust on board the S.B. Thalatta in 2000 and was moved to write an account of the fun and excitement enjoyed by groups of children through the work of this Charity. This account “The Thalatta Diaries” published by Heritage House (Publishing) Ltd is available through ourselves or any good book shop.
Some years ago we identified the need for a reference book which would allow enthusiasts to identify those Thames sailing barges still operating around our coast and to learn something of their history. Thus was born “An Illustrated guide to Thames Sailing Barges.” This is now in its fourth edition and recognised as a standard work of reference on the subject.
From the need for illustrations for the guide has grown a whole range of Greetings cards, key rings, fridge magnets, photographs and Calendars all featuring contemporary images of Thames barges. Our latest addition to the range is the "Barge Match" board game. Comming soon will be 1000 piece jigsaws!
More recently our range of Greetings cards has been expanded to include Classic aircraft and wildlife.
We can also supply Key Rings, fridge magnets and greetings cards specifically to the requirements of your business so please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance
Rita and Peter Phillips