An Adventure is about to Begin: Mini Moderns Collaborate with Rob Ryan

OUR ADVENTURE IS ABOUT TO BEGIN is the rather apt title for the first wallpaper collaboration between artist Rob Ryan and interiors brand Mini Moderns. Featuring Rob Ryan’s umistakable paper cut imagery, the wallpaper depicts decorative bird cages, doors thrown open, vacated by a flock of free birds.

Our adventure is about to begin in Sky Blue

The design is based on the end papers of Rob’s forthcoming book, “A Sky Full of Kindness.” A distinctively Rob Ryan twist comes in the form of a secret message – the design’s title – which can be read only at close quarters in the form of individual words carried in the birds’ beaks.

Our adventure is about to begin in Chalky Violet

Mini Moderns Creative Directors, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire explain: “For us, working with Rob Ryan was a very enjoyable and creative experience. Having admired his work for such a long time it was an honour to work with such a recognised artist on this project.”

Our Adventure is about to begin - Afternoon Green

The wallpaper comes in 10m x 52cm rolls printed with waterbased inks on paper from sustained forests. OUR ADVENTURE IS ABOUT TO BEGIN will be available in three colourways, Sky Blue, Chalky Violet and Afternoon Green.

Launching in September 2011 – the paper will be available from

Ryantown, 126 Columbia Road London E2 7RG

Rob Ryan


Rob Ryan was born in 1962 in Akrotiri, Cyprus. He studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic and at the Royal College of Art, London where he specialised in Printmaking.

Since 2002 he has been working principally within the paper cutting medium. Although he views himself first and always as a fine artist his intricate papercut work adapts itself readily to screenprinting which has then transferred to ceramics, fabrics, lasercutting and other surfaces.

He has collaborated with Paul Smith, Liberty of London, Fortnum and Mason and Vogue along with many other established companies.

His work often consists of whimsical figures paired with sentimental, grave, honest and occasionally humorous pieces of writing which he readily admits are autobiographical.

Recent exhibitions have included “The Stars Shine All Day Too” at London’s Air Gallery on Dover Street and “Your Job is to take this world apart and put it back together again…. but even better!” – an exhibition of papercuts and ceramics at The Shire Hall Gallery Stafford. He lives and works in London UK.

Rob Ryan’s book, “A Sky Full of Kindness” is released on 13th October 2011, published by Sceptre.

Mini Moderns


Mini Moderns is a range of cross-generational wallpapers and interiors products aimed at design conscious families.

Launched in 2006, Mini Moderns initial wallpaper collection was snapped up by Heal’s and the brand goes from strength to strength, selling both online and via select stockists internationally.

Mini Moderns operates a predominantly ‘Made in the UK’ policy, which helps keep the company’s carbon footprint to a minimum and supports local businesses.



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