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What does 'Hove Actually' actually mean?

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You might ask where exactly does the term "Hove, actually" come from? It often heard in Hove and by people of Hove and is a great source of amusement, with, perhaps a little bit of snobbery mixed in. I first came down to Hove in 1993, when my best friend moved down there from Aberdeen (yes, that was quite a move, actually!). It was a gorgeous summer and we would often take the open top bus onto the (grassed) Hove sea front and wander along the painted beach huts to look at the view. Once in a while we would...

What does 'Hove Actually' actually mean?

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What makes retro so awesome?

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What makes retro so awesome?

Why are some folks drawn to retro or vintage style whilst others prefer brand spanking new and cutting edge design? We see retro style in all areas of life, whether that be homewares, clothing, stationery or even personal accessories such as phone cases or tote bags. What is it that makes the retro aesthetic so alluring to some? 

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Are Patterned Leggings in Style in 2021?

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Leggings were always seen as a halfway house between pyjamas and trousers. Then, with the arrival of jeggings and different fabric thicknesses and flexibilities, we entered a whole new ball game. Patterned workout leggings in the sense of the gym and the yoga class are always a great gig. My suggestion here is that you can really allow to let yourself go when it comes to bold colours and loud colourful patterned yoga pants. For day wear, however, we might need a few style tips.

Are Patterned Leggings in Style in 2021?

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Sonia Delaunay: Businesswoman and Living Work of Art

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Sonia Delaunay: Businesswoman and Living Work of Art

When you are married as a woman to an artist husband in the early 20th century, your destiny is rarely one of longevity from your own art. But become practical, commercial and self-promoting and you might be remembered. Sonia Delaunay: Elevated applied arts to the same level as fine art.

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Alexander Girard - Modernist Graphic Designer

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To summarise Alexander Girard in one word, I would say color. I would then say that he was also a follower of Mid-Century Modern ideals but at the same time a traditionalist who was able to soften the edges of Modernism to produce design that was unique amongst most of his contemporaries and so timeless that his work is still sold today.

Alexander Girard - Modernist Graphic Designer

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Alvin Lustig - Graphic Designer

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Alvin Lustig - Graphic Designer

Alvin Lustig is best known for his book covers, but he also worked on his own modular typeface in 1939 entitled Euclid, always following his principles of simplicity and geometry. He also worked with Paramount Furniture to create the Lustig Chair, circa 1950. I talk about the Alvin Lustig book covers and how he invoked a subjective interpretation to Mid Century Modern graphic design.

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Saul Bass: Best Graphic Designer of 20th Century?

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Saul Bass was a man of his time, designing in a minimalist mid-century modern style that often reduced the essence of his subject down to the abstract idea in both his movie posters and his film title sequences. 

Saul Bass: Best Graphic Designer of 20th Century?

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Paul Rand Graphic Designer

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Paul Rand Graphic Designer

Read about how Paul Rand revolutionised American graphic design during the mid 20th century, first in editorial, then in advertising and then in corporate branding. Stripping down design to the bare essentials is something very distinctive of Mid-Century Modern design and something I incorporate into my own vintage style interior design ideas and retro style graphic design.

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Free Phone Wallpaper Downloads

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We are excited to offer free phone downloads on selected phone wallpapers. Take a look at our awesome collection of independently created designs. Our styles range around postwar retro style including Mid-Century Modern, Atomic and 80s Memphis. 

Free Phone Wallpaper Downloads

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Pattern Catalog | Retro Style

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Pattern Catalog | Retro Style

Why not check out our complete pattern catalog containing all our designs and patterns. We offer retro urban style patterns including Mid-Century Modern, 80s Memphis and Contemporary Retro designs. Perfect if you are looking for home decor inspiration and would like a few ideas around different color palettes.

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