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.

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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