Mini Moderns – Culture! Collection

The Fizz goes back to the future with Mini Moderns’ new ‘Culture!’ collection of graphic wallpapers

BY DEE IVA

British print duo Mini Moderns (Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire) has just launched the new ‘Culture!’ collection of wallpapers in their signature graphic style, referencing design, crafts and cultural events from the 19th and mid-20th centuries.

Drawing inspiration from Eastern mysticism, modernist architecture, television aerials and the Bauhaus movement, each of the eight designs comes in a range of distinctive colourways.

ABOVE: Mini Moderns’ ‘Bauhaus’ wallpaper from the ‘Culture!’ collection features iconic architecture by Walter Gropius, such as the Fagus Factory, Bauhaus Dessau and Chicago Tribune Tower
RIGHT: The graphic pattern of ‘Transmission’ is inspired by clusters of mid-century television aerials
BELOW LEFT: Produced in collaboration with the Museum of London, ‘Pleasure Gardens’ is a riot of hot air balloons, trapeze artists and merry-go-rounds from the Victorian age, taking its cue from London’s 19th-century Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
BELOW RIGHT: ‘Lucky Lantern’ depicts tasseled Chinese lanterns embellished with pine, plum and bamboo symbols – 松竹梅 (sōng zhú méi) or The Three Friends of Winter. It’s shown here in ‘Winter Plum’, a moody new colourway influenced by Chinese art and motifs

Fizz faves include ‘Pleasure Gardens’, featuring playful illustrations of a Victorian funfair, the oriental-themed ’Lucky Lantern’ and ‘Bauhaus’, which with its geometric symbols and Thirties Art Deco motifs chimes perfectly with the 100th anniversary of Walter Gropius’ seminal German design school. 

Ironically, by referencing the past, Keith and Mark have also put a welcome positive spin on the start of 2019. Who knows, a roll or two of this wow-factor wallpaper might be just what UK design fans need to distract them from the turmoil of the coming year…
minimoderns.com

The ‘Culture!’ collection is available now from £60 per roll at minimoderns.com. Printed in the UK using water-based inks on FSC-certified paper, it features non-woven, paste-the-wall designs.

Atissu

If you're in the Northern Hemisphere you've probably had your share of sneezes and sniffles this winter. By bringing design into the mix Atissu hopes to make you feel a little more cheerful the next time you reach for the tissues...

BY DEE IVA

Graphic and packaging designer Samantha Dumont is on a mission to make the mundane everyday objects in our homes fun and aesthetically pleasing.

To launch her inaugural collection for new British lifestyle brand Atissu, she turned her finely tuned senses to the humble tissue box which until now has either been practical and ugly or made to resemble a find from a Morroccan souk. 

Dumont's stylish creations should help consign those horrors to the proverbial dustbin. By collaborating with illustrators and textile designers, her 10-strong range is fresh and diverse, appealing to children and adults alike. We love the cute animal faces, sharp graphic patterns (including chevrons and stripes) and elements from the Periodic Table

Made in the UK from responsibly sourced materials and printed with eco-friendly inks, this is one set of snazzy tissue boxes that no modern home should be without.
atissu.com

ABOVE: 'Chevron – Bumblebee'
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Animals – Fox & Co'
; 'Chevron – Rambutan'

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Stripe – Parakeet'; 'Periodic – Poor Metals'

Atissu tissue boxes, £4.50 each; see website for stockists

GPO

This retro-futuristic record player by GPO has got us in a spin

BY DEE IVA

We like a bit of tech here at the Fizz, especially when it solves a problem with effortless style. Anyone who still has a box or two of trusty vinyl records collecting dust should take a look at what must be the smartest turntable we’ve ever set eyes on, designed by retro Brit gadget lovers GPO. The GPO 'Jive' has a radio, CD player and remote control on board, but it also converts your old platters into MP3 files and transfers them directly to USB. It offers three speeds, 45, 33 and 78 rpm, which means everyone from Billie Holiday to Blondie can join the digital age. And with its cute Space Odyssey styling, we think it's totally Fizztastic!
gpophone.com

GPO 'Jive' turntable, £189.95 inc VAT

 

HAM

With Easter just around the corner we're feeling distinctly rabbity. Time to HAM it up with animal-decked designs...

BY DEE IVA

Artist Jo Robinson has a thing about rabbits. And pigs and horses, too. But her four-legged friends get up to the strangest things... Depicted in silhouette, her designs for her Brit brand HAM reveal rabbit trampolining, rabbit diving competitions, rabbit skiing, flying and see-saw action. Not to be outdone, their porky companions enjoy a spot of baking, lawn mowing and are pretty nifty on a scooter. These bizarre animal antics are captured on cards, tea towels, mugs, posters and notebooks, perfect for waist-friendly Easter gifts. Maybe this freerange thing is getting out of hand...
hammade.com

ABOVE, FROM LEFT:
'Bouncing Rabbit'
card, £8.95 for four
'Seesawing Rabbit' card, £8.95 for four
'Divng rabbit' card, £8.95 for four

BELOW, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
'Partying Pig' mug, £12.50
'Diving Rabbit' mug, £12.50
'Mowing Pig' mug, £12.50
'Flying Rabbit' screen print, £28
'Bouncing Rabbit' screen print, from £28
'Seesawing Rabbit' screen print, from £28

Tom Dixon

This year's Milan Furniture Fair sees Tom Dixon showing new pieces at the Fiera for the first time, proudly flying the flag for British design. DesignFizz says go Team Tom!

BY DEE IVA

Gentlemen's clubs aren't really where we hang out, but if they were styled by Tom Dixon we'd be first in the queue. Dixon's collection of furniture, lighting and accessories, due to be shown in the grounds of Milan's Fiera this April, has been carefully chosen to evoke the atmosphere of a stylish club privé, but with modern-day dandies in mind. 

New additions to the popular 'Beat' lighting range include four delicious matt grey pendants with shimmering silver interiors. Sleek 'Flood' pendant lights, inspired by car headlamps, feature dimmable LEDs and come in cool chrome and opulent gold. You're going to need somewhere to sit with that negroni and the sculptural 'Pivot' chairs should do just the trick. Set on rotating aluminium bases, the range features a stately high-back chair, a clubby low-back chair and a 'one for the road' bar stool, all covered in gorgeous Kvadrat fabrics. You know, I think we'd better reserve a place at the bar ourselves...
tomdixon.net

ABOVE: 'Beat Grey' pendant lights
BELOW LEFT: 'Pivot' seating, from back: bar stool, high-back chair, low-back chair
BELOW RIGHT: 'Flood' pendant lighting
(all prices to be announced)