Whilst designing their Hinterland collection - based on Dungeness and the surrounding Kent countryside - Mini Moderns were intrigued to learn about the area's rich military history. The P.L.U.T.O. print is named after The Pipe Line Under The Ocean - a fuel line running under the English Channel from Dungeness and Greatstone to the French coast, constructed to supply fuel to the allied D-Day invasion army during the Second World War. The idea of the pipeline is expressed in the design as a continuous metallic line, running diagonally across a background inspired by the 'dazzle' camouflage featured on military vessels during the two world wars.
The design also features circular and curved motifs based on the three Dungeness 'Sound Mirrors', or 'Listening Ears'. These pre-cursors to radar could detect enemy aircraft across the channel before they could be seen. The magnificent concrete structures are still standing today, and add to the unusual beauty of the Dungeness area.
Furniture in the images supplied by Hopper and Space