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.

ArchiPops

The art of pop-up meets the world of architecture in this incredible set of notecards by designer Corina Fletcher

BY DEE IVA

‘Pop-up’ has become such an overused phrase, referring to temporary shows, venues and installations, that it’s good to remind ourselves of what it used to mean back in the day.

Here at the Fizz we love a good ‘pop-up’, a stunning piece of architecture and an occasional card through the letterbox so we're ecstatic about ‘ArchiPops’, a set of 3D pop-up cards of iconic buildings around the world. British paper engineer Corina Fletcher has picked six landmark buildings, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, London's Royal Festival Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and turned them into ingenious pop-up artworks with informative facts about each one on the reverse. Depicted in white with bright orange accents, this beautiful set of cards comes in a sleek, minimal grey box with matching envelopes.

ABOVE: Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye in Poissy, France (standing), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (lying down) and envelopes
ABOVE RIGHT: 'ArchiPop''s stylish packaging hints at what's inside

The question is do you send them out to design-savvy buddies when you’ve visited the real thing or keep them for yourself and get them framed up? We think they’re way too nice to share!
'ArchiPops' by Corina Fletcher, £16.95 from thamesandhudson.com

Tom Pigeon

Dress up your walls with these striking prints from modernist Scottish design duo Tom Pigeon...

BY DEE IVA

We’re rather smitten with these beautiful graphic prints by Pete and Kirsty Thomas aka Tom Pigeon. Their abstract compositions are bold and simple with a deft use of line, overlapping block colours and metallic details.

Based in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, Tom Pigeon’s designs are hand-pulled in a small print studio in Glasgow and are inspired by the weather and abstract shapes found in the surrounding landscape. Our favourite prints use gold, silver and copper foil blocking which contrast the flat colour fields and bring a seductive glow to each design.

ABOVE: 'Day' evokes the heat of the sun with gold foil blocking. A2 screenprint, £50
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Anstruther' contrasts copper foil with spearmint green and black. A2 screenprint. £50; The full moon is captured in 'Night' with its cool colour palette and silver detail

ABOVE: Echoes of Alexander Calder and Kazimir Malevich can be found in the interconnecting 'Shipwreck' series. From left: 'Flotsam', 'Jetsam', 'Lagan'. A2 screenprints, £60 each
BELOW: Glimpses of Mediterranean architecture and light in the new 'Islanders' collection. From left: 'Islanders 1', 'Islanders 2', 'Islanders 3'. B2 screenprints, £70 each

New for 2016 are the 'Shipwreck' series, three interconnecting prints depicting flotsam and jetsam on the beaches of Fife, and the 'Islanders' collection which takes its inspiration from Mediterranean architecture and the deep shadows that strong sunshine creates.

Tom Pigeon’s graphic sensibilities also extend to a range of minimal greeting cards, notebooks and directional handcrafted jewellery. We definitely feel a wishlist coming on...
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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

Atissu

If you're in the Northern Hemisphere you've probably had your share of sneezes and sniffles this winter. By bringing design into the mix Atissu hopes to make you feel a little more cheerful the next time you reach for the tissues...

BY DEE IVA

Graphic and packaging designer Samantha Dumont is on a mission to make the mundane everyday objects in our homes fun and aesthetically pleasing.

To launch her inaugural collection for new British lifestyle brand Atissu, she turned her finely tuned senses to the humble tissue box which until now has either been practical and ugly or made to resemble a find from a Morroccan souk. 

Dumont's stylish creations should help consign those horrors to the proverbial dustbin. By collaborating with illustrators and textile designers, her 10-strong range is fresh and diverse, appealing to children and adults alike. We love the cute animal faces, sharp graphic patterns (including chevrons and stripes) and elements from the Periodic Table

Made in the UK from responsibly sourced materials and printed with eco-friendly inks, this is one set of snazzy tissue boxes that no modern home should be without.
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ABOVE: 'Chevron – Bumblebee'
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Animals – Fox & Co'
; 'Chevron – Rambutan'

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Stripe – Parakeet'; 'Periodic – Poor Metals'

Atissu tissue boxes, £4.50 each; see website for stockists