Mini Moderns – Culture! Collection

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


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…

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

Hanna Kruse

Small and perfectly formed, the 'Soe' collection by Hanna Kruse is understated and elegant, proving once again that less is definitely more


'Little things mean a lot' sang Kitty Kallen in 1954. Fast forward to 2014 and German designer Hanna Kruse thinks so too. Her beautiful ceramic vessels are designed to contain and display the small objects we cherish.

When her 'Soe Cup' series debuted at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2013, the upper echelons of the design community went into a bit of a feeding frenzy. The restrained colour palette and minimal graphic lids ticked all the right boxes, so much so that a set of limited edition silkscreen prints of the lid design is now available to buy.

Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Ikebana, these lovely little bowls are also perfect for mini floral arrangements. Whether it's a few sprigs of herbs in the kitchen or a small posy in the bedroom, your inner florist can bloom.

Now the luxe factor has been upped with the arrival of 'Soe Limited Editions' museum quality pieces. Each one is numbered and comes with a certificate guaranteeing its limited status. The colour palette of gorgeous greys and pastels has been extended and the lids now come in three precious metals. Silver, copper and gold lend their lustre to create covetable mini sculptures that need no further embellishment. Perhaps if you've been very good this year, Santa might just leave one or two for you under the tree at Christmas...

ABOVE: 'Soe Limited Editions' from €415
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Soe Limited Prints' €85