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.

Sé x Nika Zupanc

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Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc's latest collection for London brand Sé is elegance personified. Welcome to the New Pretty...

BY DEE IVA

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London-based design label 's recent show at the Milan Furniture Fair in April had us gasping for breath. The new range of furniture and accessories by rising Slovenian design star Nika Zupanc was modern and streamlined but also unbelievably pretty.

'Collection III' recalls the golden age of Hollywood and throws a good dose of Olympic sports nostalgia, Fifties Modernism and '2001: A Space Odyssey' into the mix as well. Zupanc has employed sensual curves in every piece, from sleek glass cabinets to jewel- and pastel-coloured chairs with a gentle yet contemporary feminine vibe.

ABOVE: 'Olympia' ceramic dressing table and 'Trophy' table lamps
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Stay' armchair

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ABOVE FROM TOP: 'Olympia' floor mirror and 'Stay' dining chairs; 'Stardust' sofa
BELOW RIGHT: 'Loyalty' cabinet

We're loving the mix of cool ceramics, polished brass and lacquered surfaces. The oversized armchair and oval floor mirrors play with scale, while softly coloured table lamps with golden interiors add a touch of spaceage glamour. Another standout piece is the lean 'Stardust' sofa in a geometric, art deco fabric, which floats above the floor on thin steel legs. The range builds on Zupanc's past editions, and follows successful Sé collections by Damien Langlois-Meurinne and Jaime Hayon.

So if your inner princess needs a little TLC, then this is definitely the collection for you...
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