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.

Shufflebotham

Make no mistake, the 'image-as-wallpaper' trend is going nowhere. So if you want to get with the programme don't paint it, paste it, with help from Brit firm Shufflebotham...

BY DEE IVA

We’re big fans of the photographic wallpaper trend at DesignFizz. From Brit talent Deborah Bowness’s desaturated birdcages and lampshades to Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek’s distressed wooden surfaces we just can’t get enough of it.

The newest acolyte of this graphic approach to wall covering is British wallpaper company Shufflebotham, the brainchild of designer Jon Thomas, which launched in 2014. Thomas has harnessed his love of architectural details to produce a range of elegant wallpapers featuring decorative wall panellings, distressed wooden floors and abstract geometric patterns. Manufactured in the UK, the fine-grade, digital designs are available ‘on the roll’ or as vinyl panels which can be customised to order in bespoke sizes and specific colourways.

Hot off the press for 2016 are ‘Benjamin XL Decay’, a section of Georgian wall panelling with slight signs of decay in pale grey, and ‘Patina XL’ which uses abstract geometrics to create a mesmerising 3D effect in grey and blue.

ABOVE: 'Patina XL' depicts angular abstract geometrics
ABOVE RIGHT: There's beauty in decay as seen in this detail of Shufflebotham's 'Benjamin XL Decay' design
BELOW FROM TOP: 'Benjamin XL Decay'; wall covering 'Madison Wood White' brings new life to an old wooden floor

Until recently Shufflebotham's designs were sold exclusively to interior designers and specifiers, but now these stunning papers are finally available to buy online. We’re mixing up our wallpaper paste in anticipation. Just remember you saw it here first...
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Prices start at £180 for a 10m x 52cm roll

Bisazza x Tom Dixon

A new range of graphic tiles by Tom Dixon for Bisazza references the architectural textures of London

BY DEE IVA

Brit talent designer Tom Dixon has collaborated with italian tile-meisters Bisazza on a graphic range of floor and wall tiles inspired by the textures of London. Red clay bricks, cracked pavements, air ducts and pebble dash are just some of the city’s motifs that have been repurposed into 12 geometric designs for Bisazza’s 'Cementiles' collection.

Available in square or hexagonal formats and various colours, our favourites are the sinuous ‘Duct’ with its echoes of Seventies graphics and the architectural 'Void’ which creates an imperfect wall of bricks. 

Previous 'Cementiles' contributors include Jaime Hayon, Paola Navone and India Mahdavi. A stellar line-up by anyone's standards...
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The Tom Dixon 'Cementiles' collection is available from Bisazza, £146 per square metre plus VAT

ABOVE: 'Void Grey' and 'Wall Grey'
ABOVE RIGHT: Tom Dixon
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Broke Green'; 'Duct Grey'; 'Grit Blue'
BOTTOM: 'Skew Red'

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Mast, Brooklyn's best dressed chocolate bars, caught our eye during the recent London Design Festival and they're tasty, tasty, very very tasty too...

BY DEE IVA

If you happen to have a sweet tooth and an eye for design then the Mast Brothers' range of prettily packaged chocolate is aimed squarely at you. After launching in Brooklyn, New York, in 2007, artisanal chocolatiers Rick and Michael Mast decided to bring their handmade confections to London in February 2015. Their standalone shop/factory in Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, is where their yummy chocolate bars and drinks are made then displayed like Louboutin shoes in a designer boutique.

Mast’s Creative Director, former menswear designer Nathan Warkentin, has masterminded the graphic wrappers that adorn each bar, breaking away from traditional product pictures to favour simple, abstract packaging. For the new 2016 collection Warkentin has referenced 1970s and 80s American and Italian sculpture and architecture, creating geometric bursts of pattern and colour that are almost too beautiful to open. However, with intriguing flavours such as ‘Dominican Republic’, ‘Vanilla & Smoke’ and ‘Olive Oil’ to tempt your tastebuds, we reckon that won’t be the case for very long…
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ABOVE: Cool stripes on 'Sea Salt' from the original Origins range
ABOVE RIGHT: Rick and Michael Mast, founders of Mast Brothers
BELOW: The covetable new 2016 collection

ABOVE: Mast's minimal London shop in Shoreditch. The swirling vats of chocolate are visible in the factory at the back of the store

Mast London, 19-29 Redchurch Street, London E2  mastbrothers.co.uk
Mast Brooklyn, 111 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY  mastbrothers.com

Anglepoise + Centre Point

The classic Anglepoise lamp has had a makeover, inspired by London's favourite love/hate building Centre Point

BY DEE IVA

We love a good collaboration at DesignFizz, so when three design icons get together to produce something sexy and stylish we're seriously happy bunnies.

The Anglepoise lamp is one of a handful of great British designs that has become a true classic since its 1933 launch. Simple, elegant and quietly innovative, it has defied fashion and retained its crown as one of the most enduring (and copied) designs of our times. Its anthropomorphic qualities were eulogised by Pixar in their first animated short Luxo Jr, in 1986, leading to it becoming an intrinsic part of Pixar's identity. Last year Paul Smith's colourful makeover of the 'Type 75' turned heads during autumn's design shows.

ABOVE: The new 'Anglepoise + Centre Point' collection
ABOVE RIGHT: Paul Smith gives the 'Type 75' a coat of many colours
BELOW: Pixar's award-winning short animation 'Luxo Jr'

So to central London where Centre Point (right), that iconic Sixties edifice that divides opinion to this day, is having its own radical revamp. Rick Mather Architects and Conran & Partners are updating the Grade II-listed building with 82 luxe apartments and 4,100 square metres of shiny new retail spaces. It's part of the ongoing renovation of the eastern end of Oxford Street, which has been a style-free zone for many years. While this major facelift is taking place, Centre Point will be under wraps, hidden from view by a specially designed facade featuring striking prints by acclaimed UK patternmeisters Eley Kishimoto, inspired by its distinctive architecture.

To mark Centre Point's rebirth, Anglepoise has launched three special editions of its 'Original 1227' desk lamp, featuring Eley Kishimoto's Centre Point designs in stark black, white and grey appearing tattoo-like on the inside of the shade. This subtle yet effective idea is a stroke of genius, bringing a sharp graphic sensibility to the light without detracting from it. It's a win-win situation all round.

'The repetitive, geometric, monochromatic patterns represent Centre Point's iconic Sixties architecture,' says Mark Eley, one half of the fashion duo. The 'Private Views' edition was inspired by reflections caused by bright sunlight hitting Centre Point's tower, when each window pane becomes a canvas for startling views. The 'Central Link' print hails from the building's geographical position at the epicentre of central London. Third pattern 'Urban Meadow' takes its cue from the geometric shadows that form at twilight on the honeycomb facade. We want all three...
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ABOVE FROM LEFT: Eley Kishimoto's new editions for Anglepoise include 'Urban Meadow', 'Central Link' and 'Private Views', £200 each

Pictures: Jake CurtisStephen Richards