Mini Moderns – Culture! Collection

The Fizz goes back to the future with Mini Moderns’ new ‘Culture!’ collection of graphic wallpapers


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…

The ‘Culture!’ collection is available now from £60 per roll at Printed in the UK using water-based inks on FSC-certified paper, it features non-woven, paste-the-wall designs.


An old Scottish pattern has been transformed into a modern lighting fixture for Italian lighting brand Foscarini


Ah tartan… The very thought of it makes us think of blankets, biscuit tins, scarves and, of course, kilts. But this traditional Scottish pattern has been given a new, more up-to-date lease of life by award-winning Milanese designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba  (right) with the ‘Tartan’ suspension lamp for Italian lighting company Foscarini.

The Palombas captured the abstract patterns of sound waves and transferred them to mouth-blown glass lampshades echoing the weave of traditional tartan. An acid-etched surface also brings an illusion of softness to the matt-finish lampshade.

ABOVE AND BELOW: 'Tartan' suspension lamp, from £366

Available in pale grey or pristine white and with an LED option, ‘Tartan’ diffuses light through the shade while providing a direct downward beam from its centre. If you’re looking for a smart update of the ubiquitous paper lantern, look no further…