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.

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Never mind The Imitation Game, British design duo Mini Moderns has also turned one or two wartime secrets to their advantage... 

BY DEE IVA

When we first clapped eyes on P.L.U.T.O, this distinctive new wallpaper from Mini Moderns, we thought it had interplanetary origins. We've since discovered that the inspiration is much closer to home. Under the English Channel, in fact.

During the Second World War secret pipelines ran along the seabed between the English and French coasts to supply fuel to the Allied forces in Europe. Codenamed Operation PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean), this subterfuge enabled more than 172 million gallons of fuel to be pumped to the amassed troops liberating Europe from the grip of the Nazis after the D-Day invasion. Pumping stations were disguised to hide their true nature; in Dungeness, Kent, one took on the appearance of a seaside cottage, while on the Isle of Wight another became an ice-cream parlour! Look closely and you'll see a cunningly hidden metallic pipeline running diagonally through the geometric background design inspired by another type of subterfuge, the Dazzle camouflage used by warships in both world wars. One last military influence is also present – the spherical shapes are based on the Dungeness Sound Mirrors, a sort of prototype radar that could detect incoming enemy aircraft before they could be seen. You can still find the giant sculptural remains of these concrete 'Listening Ears' at nearby Denge today.

In the hands of the Mini Moderns (Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire), these elements of war have been transformed into a thing of great beauty, with wallpapers in five startling colourways, printed in the UK with water-based inks on paper from sustainable forests. We can only salute you and promise to pay more attention in history class from now on...
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TOP: 'Lido & Copper'
TOP RIGHT: 'Mustard'
ABOVE FROM LEFT:
 'Lido & Copper''Coach Emerald & Silver''Mustard''Tangerine Dream & Silver''Washed Denim & Copper'. £55 per 10m roll. 
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