Founders Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire often cite culture and social history as great influences on their work. Whilst they’re particularly known for their love of mid-century design, for this collection, Mark and Keith have cast their net wider, drawing on their fascination with everything from modernist architecture to the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century, from ceramic collections to the 1951 Festival of Britain.
They explain: “We set off designing this collection with a ‘back to our roots’ philosophy. Along the way, we found ourselves opening up to a broader range of influences than ever before.”
The Culture! collection has also offered the opportunity for the design duo to rekindle some of the partnerships they have formed with museums and cultural organisations, including Southbank Centre, the Geffrye, and Museum of London.
This has resulted is a diverse collection, unified by their distinctive handwriting and signature colour palette. The duo agree: “There really is something for all Mini Moderns fans in this collection – from the more recognisable mid-century inspired designs to some surprises and new departures.”
The 8 new wallpapers in the collection are:
Lucky Lantern, a Chinese lantern design inspired by the Eastern styles prevalent in the aesthetic movement, as displayed in the Geffrye’s 1890 drawing room.
Pleasure Gardens, created in collaboration with Museum of London this design features the 19th century sights and events at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
Bauhaus, this design marks 100 years of the Bauhaus and features some of Walter Gropius’s most well-known architecture, as well as iconic symbols of the Bauhaus movement - the circle, triangle and square.
Transmission, references Mark and Keith’s favourite pastime, this linear graphic design is formed from the outlines of mid-century television aerials.
Vessel, an eclectic array of vases and jugs adorns this wallpaper, inspired by the Geffrye’s diverse ceramics collection.
Net & Ball, created in collaboration with Southbank Centre this design is based on the Royal Festival Hall carpet, designed in 1951 by Peter Moro and Leslie Martin.
Concert, celebrates the diversity of musical performance at London’s Southbank Centre in wireframe illustrative forms.
Pavilion, is an abstract design of lines and dots, based on the Abacus screen from the 1951 Festival of Britain.
The Culture! collection is available at www.minimoderns.com, from £60 per 10m roll.