Dinosaur Designs – 'Lapis Landscape' Collection

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Dazzling blue is the star of Dinosaur Designs’ new ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection of homewares and jewellery

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Blue is an incredibly powerful colour, reminding us of the sea and sky. It’s by turns serene, soothing and startling, as seen in the gorgeous new ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection of resin and brass homewares and jewellery by Australian duo Dinosaur Designs.

TOP: Resin ‘Horn’ vase from 2019’s ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection by Dinosaur Designs
ABOVE: ‘Horn’ bangle, ‘Tall Stone’ jug and ‘Large Rock’ cups; ‘Mother of Pearl’ dish; assorted homewares, all from the resin ‘Lapis Landscape’ range

By creative directors Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the range’s ‘electrifying and intense’ blue designs take their cue from lapis lazuli, a deep-blue rock and semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its vibrant cobalt colour. Mined mainly in Afghanistan, lapis has been used for adornment on both the living and the dead (it appears on Tutankhamun’s funeral mask) and when ground down its pigment is the finest ultramarine hue, beloved by artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It’s a colour that translates well to contemporary resin, drawing the eye while refreshing the soul. ‘I was inspired by the incredible jewel-like depths of the colour Lapis,’ says Olsen.

ABOVE: ‘Horn’ vase, ‘Small Stone’ jug, ‘Wide Organic Column’ vase and ‘Small Mother of Pearl’ dish; various spoons; ‘Moon’ cheese platter, ‘Stone’ cheese knife and ‘Shell’ spoon

Dramatic blues aside, ‘Lapis Landscape’ features a rich, earthy palette balanced by ivory swirls, with clay hues influenced by the red sands of the Australian Outback and gold tone accents. ‘I was also fascinated by the relationship between the ochre sand tones of central Australia and the creamy white sands of Sydney,’ says Olsen, ‘all of which translate perfectly to our handmade resin pieces.’ Forms are boldly sculptural, with new shapes including the ‘Horn’ and ‘Organic Column’ vases, complementing the classic ‘Beetle’ bowls and ‘Pearl’ dishes. Launched on 11 February, the homewares collection offers a covetable choice of vases, cups, bowls, dishes, platters, coasters, cheese knives and spoons.

ABOVE: ‘Double Circle’ drop earrings; ‘Large Horn’ earrings and jug; ‘Large Circle Drop’ earrings, ‘Horn’ bangle and ‘Medium Column’ vase; ‘Long Flute’ necklace and ‘Horn’ bangles, all from the ‘Lapis Landscape’ jewellery and homewares range

Jewellery spans rings, earrings, pendants, cuffs and bangles. Fresh additions to the range include ‘Long Flute’ and ‘Circle Drop’ earrings, with pieces such as the ‘Horn’ series of rings, earrings and cuffs combining resin and brass.

‘Lapis Landscape’ is available in Dinosaur Designs’ flagship stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London and New York as well as online. Prices start from AU$25 for a resin ‘Shell’ teaspoon, which comes in Clay Swirl, Ivory Swirl and Ivory colourways, as well as that dreamy Lapis Swirl.

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Photography Victoria Zschommler; Styled by Natalie Turnbull and Heleena Trahanas; Model Alana McCoy

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

Mosaic Del Sur

The archives of Moroccan tile design have been raided by Mosaic Del Sur, bringing new abstract geometric patterns and striking modern colourways to walls and floors

BY DEE IVA

Here at the Fizz we're lovers of all things geometric. The rhythm and drama graphic pattern brings to a room can create an exciting dynamic that instantly makes a space feel vibrant and alive.

The Moroccans know a thing or two about this of course. For thousands of years their intricate designs have graced the walls, floors and ceilings of some of the world's most beautiful buildings. So it comes as no surprise that their influence is still felt today and has been reinterpreted for the modern age.

RIGHT: Energetic chevron tiling animates the floor of this outdoor kitchen/lounge in Anglet, France, by architects Melian Randolph
BELOW: Gina Rose Design sharpened up the soft, pretty monochrome interior of Strand restaurant in Stabekk, Norway, with the addition of darker graphic floor tiles 

Spanish company Mosaic Del Sur has taken inspiration from antique patterns from as far afield as Morocco, Portugal, Brazil and Vietnam to create fresh new designs that spice up today's interiors. The magnificent Moorish tiling in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, and old Roman mosaic floors, have also fired the imaginations of Mosaic Del Sur's creative team, who adapt traditional designs and produce brand new themes with modern colours. A bespoke service is available too for style-savvy clients with ideas of their own.

We've had hours of fun playing with the online pattern creator. Simply choose from one of the 600 stock designs, add colours from the digital palette and arrange on a simple grid. Give it a go and we promise you'll be totally hooked!

BELOW FROM LEFT: Hip to be square, '10420'; The soft curves of '10352' contrast with the angular displays in this colourful pharmacy in Madrid, Spain; A deep inky blue sets off amazing multi-faceted design 'H106'

One piece of advice. Stick to simple graphic shapes and avoid clashing colours to keep things sleek and contemporary. A little pattern goes a long way...

For prices and local stockists go to mosaicdelsur.com