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…
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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.

Studio Davidpompa

Mexican design is having a moment and somehow it feels sooo now...

BY DEE IVA

Studio Davidpompa is a young Mexican design company launched in 2008 by David Pompa Alarcón that uses traditional materials and techniques to create contemporary lighting and tiling collections.

The Fizz is particularly taken with its glossy black ‘Rajo’ tile, a raised 3D design that bounces light around its geometric surface. The shiny black clay tiles are handmade by Mexican artisans skilled in the ancestral craft of Barro Negro from Oaxaca, which specialises in the production of black polished pottery. 

This beautiful black clay is also present in sleek pendant lights. ’Can’ oozes dark glamour while ‘Minimal’ and ‘Vitrif’ add warm copper to raise the luxe factor. 

Finally, the decorative art of talavera has also been brought to the fore on the pretty ‘Hielo’ pendant with its intricate cobalt blue patterning. Talavera caught our attention earlier this year with the arrival of the first collection from Maison Numen, another South American design house (see our post here). To see it twice in one year is surprising. It marks the stirrings of a new era of modern South American design and from what we’ve seen so far it’s very welcome indeed…
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ABOVE: Back to black with the geometric 'Rajo' tiles
ABOVE RIGHT: We love the glossy black 'Can' and blue and white 'Hielo' pendants
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Minimal' and 'Vitrif' mix it up with copper

'Rajo' tiles, €539 per m2, 'Can' pendant light €169, 'Minimal' pendant light €229, 'Vitrif' pendant light €219, 'Hielo' pendant light €329

House of Holland x Habitat

The house of Habitat teams up with the House of Holland to bring you zingy, pattern-tastic furniture and accessories for summer...

BY DEE IVA

British fashion designer Henry Holland’s first capsule collection for UK homes store Habitat is a riot of pattern and colour. Inspired by gonzo journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson’s trippy novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his debut interiors range, on sale now, uses prints from House of Holland’s SS16 season and applies them to covetable cushions, sofas, rugs and throws.

Holland’s 'Paradise Leaf’ print features exotic blue leaves and bright orange Bird of Paradise flowers. Set on a pale background, it spices up Habitat’s ‘Abel’ sofa and armchair and also appears as a soft hand-tufted wool rug. Botanicals get supersized!

ABOVE RIGHT: Henry Holland in front of his 'Paradise Leaf' rug
BELOW: 'Abel' two-seater sofa in 'Paradise Leaf' fabric, £1,300

ABOVE: 'Paradise Leaf' rug, £450
BELOW: 'Buggin' cushion, £35; 'Tropical Leaf' cushion, £60

This striking textile is put to further use with the addition of witty insect illustrations by Suzan Pitt on ‘Buggin’, a colour-clash cushion that features flora, fauna and insects on one side and leopard print on the reverse.

Team it with ‘Tropical Leaf’, featuring foliage and feathers in hot pinks and sizzling reds (also with leopard print and oversized bug on the reverse) and ‘Pufferfish’, a rectangular cushion with a simple geometric design – if you like your colour dial turned up to the max you’ll feel right at home. Finally, for long summer evenings outdoors, ‘Catfish’, a reversible cotton throw that combines a monochromatic ‘Pufferfish’ print with crisp blue and white stripes, will keep you cosy when the sun goes down. It's all very Seventies kitsch, yet somehow bang on point for now. Viva Las Vegas!
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BELOW: 'Pufferfish' reversible cushion, £35; Wrap up in the 'Catfish' throw, £80

ArchiPops

The art of pop-up meets the world of architecture in this incredible set of notecards by designer Corina Fletcher

BY DEE IVA

‘Pop-up’ has become such an overused phrase, referring to temporary shows, venues and installations, that it’s good to remind ourselves of what it used to mean back in the day.

Here at the Fizz we love a good ‘pop-up’, a stunning piece of architecture and an occasional card through the letterbox so we're ecstatic about ‘ArchiPops’, a set of 3D pop-up cards of iconic buildings around the world. British paper engineer Corina Fletcher has picked six landmark buildings, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, London's Royal Festival Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and turned them into ingenious pop-up artworks with informative facts about each one on the reverse. Depicted in white with bright orange accents, this beautiful set of cards comes in a sleek, minimal grey box with matching envelopes.

ABOVE: Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye in Poissy, France (standing), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (lying down) and envelopes
ABOVE RIGHT: 'ArchiPop''s stylish packaging hints at what's inside

The question is do you send them out to design-savvy buddies when you’ve visited the real thing or keep them for yourself and get them framed up? We think they’re way too nice to share!
'ArchiPops' by Corina Fletcher, £16.95 from thamesandhudson.com