home: made [ raffia lampshade ]

home: made [ raffia lampshade ]

Last week we spotted this really cool and relatively easy DIY project from the boys at Mini Moderns.

Turn an old lampshade into something a little bit special, using raffia and a bit of patience. We really love the effect it gives and of course you can do this with any size shade.

To get this 1960’s vibe head to Mini Moderns Instagram, hit on their ‘lampshadeinspo’ story, and follow the tutorial.

home: daily [ Mini Moderns Event ]

home: daily [ Mini Moderns Event ]

Last week we were fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of not one, but four new product ranges from Mini Moderns. Hosted at the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton the celebration called ‘Sunday Night /Sunday Morning’ was a chance for us to get up close to a new enamel kitchenware range, a fragrance collection, new kitchen textiles and some quite brilliant wallpapers.

As we chatted to the creators Mark & Kieth about the products, with a rather good Gin Fizz cocktail in hand, we could see their passion and excitement for the new ranges, and you won’t be disappointed.

In collaboration with Wild & Wolf and using the most popular pattern from their range Mini Moderns has launched ‘Whitby‘ through an enamel kitchenware collection with pieces including cups, jugs, tins with bamboo lids and a stove kettle. We can see why the fresh blue and white pattern is so popular, bringing the seaside feel to any home.

Mini Moderns has built up a strong portfolio of striking retro and modern prints through wallpaperceramics, and more recently window films. Added to this is now a fragrance range including candles and diffusers created with KMI Brands.

Pick from three candle scents; Pavilion [ ginfizz ], Whitby [ sea spray ] and Darjeeling [ tea ]. The beautifully packaged candles are in a glass vessel with the relevant print on the side, and have a burn time of 50hrs. [ available now ]

Alongside these larger candles their will be diffusers in the same scents and a four pack selection of mini candles in holders in a gorgeous gift box. These will be available gradually towards the end of the year, a perfect gift for Christmas.

Mini Moderns have done a number of collaborations in the past and this new product range of kitchen textiles is with Ulster Weavers, taking a selection of items including aprons, oven gloves and tea towels and putting their stamp on them. Using popular prints Paisley CrescentPavilionBackgammon and Darjeeling you can mix and match patterns and colour ways [ yellow, orange and teal ] to get your perfect combination.

We are sure these will be a winner, the quality is great and the packaging is spot on.

Wallpaper is something Mini Moderns excels in, with some amazing designs, and continuing with their ethos of every pattern having a story they have created three new prints.

One Day‘ features different windows with iconic scenes from television dramas from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. This fun print comes in orange, green, mustard and washed denim. [ available now ]

Taking a step in a slightly different direction is another range named ‘Homework’. The two designs are inspired by school textbooks; Maths and Physics. We love the simplicity and we are sure they will be a sell out. The final new design is called ‘Starling’ and is a take on star constalations but with a quirky addition of using a starling to replace the star. These wallpapers will be available in the Autumn.

All in all the new ranges are an exciting edition to Mini Moderns already established collection – a mixture of existing patterns on new products and some wonderful new patterns.

There is a pop-up shop currently at the Geffrye Museum until 14th August displaying Mini Moderns current ranges with some background information on the story behind the brand. Head to the museum to take a look, or go to minimoderns.com. Keep your eye out the new pieces by following their Instagram and twitter feeds.

Fancy making yourself a Gin Fizz cocktail? We have added a simple recipe for you to try out. Perfect for a Summer evening.

  • 4 tablespoons [ 2 oz ] gin
  • 1 tablespoon [ 1/2 oz ] lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
  • 3 – 4 oz of soda water
  • Lemon slice

Shake the gin, lemon juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass filled with more ice. Add the soda water and finish with a slice of lemon.