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.

Green&Blue

Spring is on its way in the UK and style-savvy birds and bees will be checking into Green&Blue's chic new design-led homes and habitats  

BY DEE IVA

If you thought minimal contemporary homes were strictly for Homo sapiens, then think again. Award-winning Cornish company Green&Blue specialises in designing sleek modern habitats for garden birds and wild bees.

The smartest home for our feathered friends is the cool spherical 'Birdball Birdhouse', inspired by the form of nests. Made of slipcast clay, it can be suspended or wall-mounted and is designed to nestle among branches and shrubbery creating a piece of modernist avian architecture within a natural setting. Very Grand Designs!

Smart addresses usually come with an array of chic eateries nearby and residents of the 'Birdball' can have their very own five-star restaurant too. The 'Birdball' collection of bird feeders can be filled with tasty treats for those lucky enough to grab a spot as, like most of us have encountered these days, a no reservations policy is firmly in place...

ABOVE: The 'Birdball Seed Feeder', £55, comes in pretty colours and is open all hours
RIGHT:  The suspended 'Birdball Birdhouse', £44, has lots of room inside to raise a family. Terracotta or white?
BELOW: Busy bees can stop off at the 'Beepot', £45, and get a bite to eat at the same time from the planted area attached to the living space; Time to check out from the 'Bee Brick', £27.50

The spirit of Sixties Brutalism is alive and well with Green&Blue's concrete hotel for bees. The 'Bee Brick' has a random pattern of holes which is extremely attractive to bees looking for a room for a few nights. The brick can be placed in gardens or inserted into walls creating resting spots for bees in an urban environment. The newest addition to this range of bee-friendly accommodation is the 'Beepot' which has space for plants that provide essential nectar for hungry bees. Also made of concrete, its hipster credentials are impeccable making it the most stylish bee 'n' bee in town.
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The 'Beepot' is available from March 2016

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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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

Bisazza x Tom Dixon

A new range of graphic tiles by Tom Dixon for Bisazza references the architectural textures of London

BY DEE IVA

Brit talent designer Tom Dixon has collaborated with italian tile-meisters Bisazza on a graphic range of floor and wall tiles inspired by the textures of London. Red clay bricks, cracked pavements, air ducts and pebble dash are just some of the city’s motifs that have been repurposed into 12 geometric designs for Bisazza’s 'Cementiles' collection.

Available in square or hexagonal formats and various colours, our favourites are the sinuous ‘Duct’ with its echoes of Seventies graphics and the architectural 'Void’ which creates an imperfect wall of bricks. 

Previous 'Cementiles' contributors include Jaime Hayon, Paola Navone and India Mahdavi. A stellar line-up by anyone's standards...
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The Tom Dixon 'Cementiles' collection is available from Bisazza, £146 per square metre plus VAT

ABOVE: 'Void Grey' and 'Wall Grey'
ABOVE RIGHT: Tom Dixon
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Broke Green'; 'Duct Grey'; 'Grit Blue'
BOTTOM: 'Skew Red'