Mini adventures

If you’ve read any homes magazines recently, you’ll know everyone’s going bonkers for the ‘Mid-Century Modern’ trend. Very roughly translated, this means designs and patterns from the 1950s. M&S are leading the way with their brilliant new collection of affordable homewares by design guru Terence Conran; while John Lewis have some gorgeous bits and bobs at reasonable prices.

And if you want to just dip into the trend, or are looking for an unusual present, you can’t go wrong with this stylish espresso cup and saucer set, inspired by the 1951 Festival of Britain, from designers Mini Moderns and Caroline McGrath. It’s made of porcelain, comes in a pretty gift box, and costs just £19.90.

It’s available from While you’re there, check out their other 1950s designs, such as the ‘Hold Tight’ wallpaper (below), £45 per roll, inspired by Vintage bus tickets. They’ve also got cute canvas bags, £15; tea towels, £8, and other goodies all in various retro prints.

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