The Darjeeling Limited

Paisley meets lotus flowers in Mini Moderns’ Indian-inspired pop-up

A sense of camaraderie among a coterie of designers who share a similar aesthetic underpins the upcoming pop-up event Mini Moderns Remix. Held during this year’s London Design Festival, it’s the brainchild of Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire of interiors brand Mini Moderns, which produces patterned wallpapers, fabrics, dhurries, eco paints and ceramics influenced by mid-century British textiles and 1960s and 1970s pop motifs.

The duo has invited designers to create new, one-off or limited-edition pieces inspired by the brand’s paints and Darjeeling wallpaper (part of its Buddha of Suburbia collection), which features paisley swirls and motifs redolent of lotus flowers in funky, retro shades such as turquoise and turmeric orange. “We mainly know the designers from exhibiting alongside them at various shows,” says Stephenson. The event will be held at a new shop, East London Design Store, co-owned by Della Tinsley and Gideon Cleary, veteran organisers of cutting-edge design exhibitions.


Standout pieces include Zoe Murphy’s chest of drawers (first picture, £1,400), which, riffing off the Darjeeling pattern, is adorned with crochet-like circles. “These remind me of craft tutorials in 1970s magazines like Golden Hands,” she says. Design outfit Urban Upholstery has upcycled a second-hand chair (second picture, £2,100), covering it with Mini Moderns’ Pavilion fabric, while Group Design has given its MMG table lamp (third picture, £320) a shade wrapped in Darjeeling wallpaper.

Also for sale will be an assortment of vintage movie posters and board games. This ultra-pop pop-up is a dream project for its organisers; the collaborative venture is a fun project with like-minded contemporaries that all design aficionados can enjoy.


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