Take a day trip to the Kent coast with these inspired new designs
Dynamic duo Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire are the genius creators and designers behind the mid-century-inspired company Mini Moderns. If you’re unfamiliar with the super-stylish brand, then a whole new world of unique prints for wallpaper, fabric and kitchenalia is about to wow you. Its individual style is stand-out-from-the-crowd cool, and there’s always a story to discover behind their designs.
Gulls wallpaper in Washed Denim, £50 per roll, Hinterland collection, Mini Moderns
Never ones to shy away from a bold print in its signature palette, Keith and Mark’s latest additions to the Hinterland collection are no exception. The inspiration for Hinterland began with a walk exploring the enchanting, vast landscape of Dungeness on the Kent coast, where they have a holiday home.
The collection already features the repeat-pattern seagull print Gulls (above), the watercolour Feathers, which is part of a collaboration with artist Matt Sewell, and the simple but inspired Peggy – an almost-real pegboard design inspired by junk shops in the area.
The latest wallpapers added to the Hinterland
collection are bolder and brighter than its earlier offerings. You
wouldn’t know it from first sight, but the design for the wallpaper,
P.L.U.T.O (below), holds a depth of history and a plethora of
information from Dungeness’s military past. It is named after The Pipe
Line Under The Ocean – a fuel line running under the English Channel
from Dungeness to the French coast, which supplied fuel to the allied
D-Day invasion army during the Second World War.
The abstract interpretation includes the linear pipeline, which features
as a diagonal metallic line throughout the different wallpaper
colourways, amongst a background inspired by dazzle camouflage, which
featured on military boats and aircrafts during the war. The circular
shapes represent sound mirrors – circular concrete structures that would
detect the sound of oncoming enemy aircraft. They are still standing
today and add to the unusual landscape of the area.
P.L.U.T.O wallpaper in Lido & Copper, £55 per roll, Hinterland collection, Mini Moderns
P.L.U.T.O wallpaper in Coach Emerald & Silver, £55 per roll, Hinterland collection, Mini Moderns
Equinox also holds a link to the past. Kent is known as the Garden of England and this wallpaper’s design dips into the county’s agricultural history. This has resulted in the hand-drawn shapes that represent corn dollies. As the story goes, these dollies were made from the last sheaf of wheat of the year and kept as a good luck charm until the following harvest. The naïve shapes hark back to traditional folk art and included amongst the designs are the Kent Ivy corn dolly.
Equinox in Mustard, £50 per roll, Hinterland collection, Mini Moderns
Equinox wallpaper in Asparagus, £50 per roll, Hinterland collection, Mini Moderns
WE HAD EVERYTHING
The final new release, isn’t part of the Hinterland collection but it’s the second collaboration between Mini Moderns and Rob Ryan – the paper-cutting wonder who also creates poems and sentiments that never fail to tug on the heart strings.
We can see this looking good in a children’s playroom or a cosy family room.
We Had Everthing wallpaper in Sage, £55 per roll, Mini Moderns
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