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.

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'

Mark Tuckey x Cotton On

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When Australian high-street fashion brand Cotton On created its debut homewares line, it turned to Mark Tuckey. The result is good news for lovers of simple, stylish design

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Australian designer Mark Tuckey is known for gorgeous hand-crafted contemporary wooden furniture, from tactile tables to beautiful beds. His flagship stores in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and Newport, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, are a stylist’s dream, with Tuckey’s streamlined Australian-made wooden pieces surrounded by bold paintings by artist David Bromley, laboratory-sleek glass vessels, graphic signs and ravishing rugs.

So when we heard Tuckey was collaborating on a new homewares range with Australian high-street fashion brand Cotton On, we were excited. Launched in store on 8 July 2015, and covering all areas of the house – ‘eat, drink, relax, store, bathe and sleep’ – the collection brings Tuckey’s eye for texture, form and colour to a covetable range of ethically sourced designs. True to his usual aesthetics, natural materials are the stars, from cotton to linen, wool and, of course, timber. It's also vibrant, relaxed and fun, reflecting the Australian lifestyle. 'It's a liveable collection, it's not precious,' says Tuckey. 'We wanted to design things that you really live with, not things that you're scared to use.'

Our favourite pieces include the chunky knits and slubby throws, patterned cushions in moody blue stripes, bedlinen in a rainbow-pretty circular print and stoneware mugs in subtle, offbeat hues. Wooden serving bowls and platters, chopping boards and storage vessels also make an appearance, as well as graphic tote bags, neon-edged wall hooks (yes, please!), and painterly laundry baskets.

This is Cotton On’s first foray into homewares, and the collaboration will be ongoing, not just a flash in the pan (look for fresh launches around October and December 2015). It follows in the footsteps of several successful homes ventures by Australian fashion labels, with high-street favourite Country Road and quirky Melbourne design brand Gorman both launching stylish spin-off ranges.

What’s more, while Tuckey’s bespoke own-line creations are investment pieces, his Cotton On collection starts from a wallet-friendly $14.95 for a set of two mugs, allowing a wider, and younger audience to access his work. ‘We’re happy. We’re excited. We hope you love it as much as we do,’ says Tuckey (who works alongside wife Louella, above). Now more folk than ever can call a Tuckey design their own, and that can only be a good thing.
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Mark Tuckey x Cotton On is available online and in select Cotton On stores in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. See website for prices.

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

Laura Slater

An eye-catching lampshade and judiciously placed cushion is a fast way to freshen up your home. Check out Laura Slater's chic designs for an instant style fix... 

BY DEE IVA

British textile designer Laura Slater uses a mix of organic, distressed and scribbled shapes to create graphic textural landscapes. Her sense of scale and composition is such that each design is like a miniature abstract painting. Inspired by nature and industrial architecture, Slater’s arresting prints manage to strike the balance between cool simplicity and orchestrated tension.

‘Assemble/Configure’ is a painterly range of linen cushion covers and lampshades in rich cobalt blue, vibrant pink, lemon yellow, black and terracotta. Her first collection since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2008, it embodies her love of colour and mark making.

ABOVE: Lampshades and cushions from the 'Assemble/Configure' and 'Collagraph' collections, from £54
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Assemble/Configure' cushion in cobalt blue, £66
BELOW: Assorted 'Assemble/Configure' cushions, from £54

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Collagraph Repeat' cushion, £54; 'Collagraph Collage' cushion, £66; 'Collagraph Block' gift wrap, £3.50 per sheet

Based in a West Yorkshire design studio and print workshop, Slater has enjoyed collaborations with a string of cred UK stores, from Heal's to SMUG and Nothing But Navy. For her newest collection ‘Collagraph’, she has swapped the colour palette for monochromatic geometrics that overlap and intersect to make dramatic Expressionist fields of black and white. An accompanying range of hand-printed stationery and limited-edition prints is also available.
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Photographs: Ash Zombola  zombolaphoto.com