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.

Gucci goes home

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Luxe Italian fashion brand Gucci has launched Gucci Décor, a new line of interior accessories that brings a little wildlife into the home...

BY DEE IVA

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The house of Gucci is getting ready to dress our homes this September with Gucci Décor, a new line of furniture and decorative accessories full of animal magic.

Colourful embroidered cushions, upholstered chairs, scented candles, metal trays, folding occasional tables, wallpaper and incense holders are just a few of the items in the range with prices ranging from £140 for an incense burner to an eye-watering £21,000 for a decorative freestanding silk room divider.

Feline faces, bumble bees and slithery snakes adorn tableware and cushions referencing motifs already seen in Gucci’s recent collections of clothing and accessories.

But it’s not only the eye of the tiger that has caught our attention. We’re also entranced by the mystic astral eye that gazes out from circular metal trays and the graphic treatments of the ceramic candle holders. 

ABOVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glossy black metal 'Tigers' print folding table, £895; 'Star Eye' round metal tray, £480
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Octopus' three-panel jacquard folding screen, £21,060
BELOW: 'Kingsnake' oval metal tray, £795; 'Kingsnake' embroidered velvet cushion, £895

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: It's the eye of the tiger on this upholstered 'Chiavari' chair with embroidered motif, £1,830; tasseled velvet cushion in emerald green, £895; and round metal tray, £450
BELOW: Witty ceramic candle holders use bold colour, type and 3D details. Pink porcelain 'Fumus Modern Future', £220; pink 'Inventum Butterfly', £320; blue 'Fumus Star Eye', £240; 'Esotericum Chevron', £220

All of this has been masterminded by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, which also explains the presence of the cute ceramics in the Gucci Décor collection. Michele is also creative director of Florentine ceramic company Richard Ginori which produced the witty candle and incense holders.

Last, but not least, are the Chiavari chairs with their hand-embroidered velvet cushions. We love the fashionforward colour palette and bamboo detailing that brings a touch of the Orient to a traditional Italian design.

It looks like it's time for well-heeled homes to get their Gucci on...
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The Gucci Décor range of home accessories is available now online and in selected Gucci stores
 

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

Mini Moderns

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. 
All furniture courtesy of Hopper + Space  hopperandspace.com