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.

People Will Always Need Plates

If you're looking to expand your property portfolio but have more dash than cash then check out Eclectic Avenue, where the house of your dreams can be had for a song...

BY DEE IVA

Rock down to Eclectic Avenue with these architectural dinner plates by Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar, aka UK design duo People Will Always Need Plates. From suburban 1930s homes to present-day glass and steel constructs, each British housing period is captured by detailed line drawings set against eye-popping blocks of colour.

Casual yet comprehensive, the bone china 'Eclectic Avenue' range also includes side plates, mugs, cups and saucers, rice bowls, teapots and egg cups so every meal is covered. The question is do you pick the design that reflects the type of home you live in or your fantasy abode? Or do you flit from 60s prefab to Victorian villa as the mood takes you? Whichever way you go, this is one street where planning permission isn't necessary...
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ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: '1930s Dinner Plate''1940s Dinner Plate''Victorian Dinner Plate''Georgian Dinner Plate'. All £18
ABOVE RIGHT: '1930s/1940s Teapot', £50
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Streetscape Rice Bowl', £10; 'Georgian/Victorian Pitcher', £25; '1960s/1970s Platter', £55; '1960s/1970s Mug', £12

 

ABOVE: '1960s Lime Green Side Plate'; '1970s Grass Green Side Plate'; '1990s Blue Side Plate'; '2000s Aubergine Side Plate'. All £13

The 'Eclectic Avenue' range is available in the UK and Europe from uniqueandunity.co.uk, with more stockists to follow