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.

Astep

We're completely entranced by a new lamp by Astep that charges your phone via a single flickering flame. Sounds too far-fetched? Read on...

BY DEE IVA

We like to think there’s still magic to be found in the design industry every now and then. Things that shouldn’t work, products that shouldn’t be possible, installations that confound. Well, new Danish lighting company Astep has us under its spell with ‘Candela’, a clever table lamp by Argentinian designer Francisco Gomez Paz (right).

We spotted 'Candela' in April at the Palazzo Litta during this year's Milan Furniture Fair. At first it looked like an old-fashioned gas lamp with its soft flickering flame glowing hypnotically above an opaline glass lampshade. Closer inspection revealed it used bioethanol, a clean natural fuel derived from plants, to create the flame which generates its own electricity, powering LED lights within the shade and also handy for charging mobile devices via an inbuilt USB port.

ABOVE AND BELOW: 'Candela' table lamp by Francisco Gomez Paz, €530 + VAT. Available to pre-order now.

It’s the first product from Astep, whose founder Alessandro Sarfatti is descended from grandfather Gino Sarfatti, founder of iconic Italian lighting company Arteluce, and father Riccardo Sarfatti, founder of Luceplan.

From what we’ve seen it’s a bold and creative design that carries on the legacy of those two stellar brands. Innovative yet approachable, ‘Candela’ melds old world aesthetics with hi-tech 21st century technology, continuing in the tradition of elegant Scandinavian flame luminaries. This is what we want, right here, right now…
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Green&Blue

Spring is on its way in the UK and style-savvy birds and bees will be checking into Green&Blue's chic new design-led homes and habitats  

BY DEE IVA

If you thought minimal contemporary homes were strictly for Homo sapiens, then think again. Award-winning Cornish company Green&Blue specialises in designing sleek modern habitats for garden birds and wild bees.

The smartest home for our feathered friends is the cool spherical 'Birdball Birdhouse', inspired by the form of nests. Made of slipcast clay, it can be suspended or wall-mounted and is designed to nestle among branches and shrubbery creating a piece of modernist avian architecture within a natural setting. Very Grand Designs!

Smart addresses usually come with an array of chic eateries nearby and residents of the 'Birdball' can have their very own five-star restaurant too. The 'Birdball' collection of bird feeders can be filled with tasty treats for those lucky enough to grab a spot as, like most of us have encountered these days, a no reservations policy is firmly in place...

ABOVE: The 'Birdball Seed Feeder', £55, comes in pretty colours and is open all hours
RIGHT:  The suspended 'Birdball Birdhouse', £44, has lots of room inside to raise a family. Terracotta or white?
BELOW: Busy bees can stop off at the 'Beepot', £45, and get a bite to eat at the same time from the planted area attached to the living space; Time to check out from the 'Bee Brick', £27.50

The spirit of Sixties Brutalism is alive and well with Green&Blue's concrete hotel for bees. The 'Bee Brick' has a random pattern of holes which is extremely attractive to bees looking for a room for a few nights. The brick can be placed in gardens or inserted into walls creating resting spots for bees in an urban environment. The newest addition to this range of bee-friendly accommodation is the 'Beepot' which has space for plants that provide essential nectar for hungry bees. Also made of concrete, its hipster credentials are impeccable making it the most stylish bee 'n' bee in town.
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The 'Beepot' is available from March 2016

Rolfe & Wills

Bristol duo Rolfe & Wills is putting graphic pattern into tableware. Only black and white aficionados need apply!

BY DEE IVA

With the bizarre trend for adult colouring books going from strength to strength, we’re relieved to see that a sense of decorum has been restored at Rolfe & Wills. You just can’t go wrong with black and white and the absence of colour in these monochromatic designs by Alice Rolfe and Chloe Wills focuses the eye on the rhythmic patterns made by the simple, almost austere use of grids and dots. Four designs – ‘Dotty’, ‘Grid, ‘Chevron’ and ‘Triangle’ – have been applied to pure white bone china mugs, organic cotton tea towels, placemats and coasters to create chic, contemporary tableware with understated style.

Hand screen-printed in Bristol in the UK, these black and white babies are modern classics that we’ll never tire of and have absolutely no desire to colour in…
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ABOVE: 'Chevron' bone china mug, £12, organic cotton tea towel, £12, and hardboard coaster, £4
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Dotty' mug and tea towel, £12 each, coaster, £4
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Triangle' mug and tea towel, £12 each, coaster, £4; 'Grid' mug and tea towel, £12 each, coaster, £4

Luminose

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Dog lovers of the world meet Luminose, the latest addition to your home that does lighting doggy style

BY DEE IVA

It sits, it stretches, it knows how to gain your attention and it’s totally loveable. You might think we’re talking about your pet pooch but here at the Fizz it’s the 'Luminose' dog lamp by Hungarian design duo Elizabeth Zimmerer and Márton Lente that’s captured our hearts.

Previewed last October at Budapest Design Week, this little lamp has so much personality you could be forgiven for wanting to take it for a walk. Made of birch, oak or beech, three versions are available and come with a contrasting coloured lead and a metallic dog tag. The light source is provided by an eco-friendly LED panel which uses 85 per cent less energy than a conventional table lamp. 

So if you’re after a four-legged friend that’ll never let you down, make this your pet project!
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ABOVE: 'Luminose' lamp, €149. A  numbered limited edition of 99 is available for the first 99 orders