tile murals

Grantaire with his and trans boy Enj’s Small Citizen, though.

Grantaire finger-painting with his little bab and then selling the paintings to a gallery as ‘modern art’ because he’s a snarky little shit.

Grantaire slowly starting to love himself more because come on have you ever tried to hate yourself when a baby is smiling at you like you’re the reason the sun rises in the morning? It’s almost impossible.

Grantaire letting the Small Citizen ride around on his shoulders.

Grantaire and his baby taking afternoon naps together. Enjolras may or may not have a thousand photos of them like that on his snapchat story.

Grantaire bundling the Small Citizen up like a burrito in the front of his coat when they go to rallies and protests.

Grantaire reading Small Citizen Greek Mythology as bedtime stories and doing different voices for all the various gods and heroes and monsters. 

Grantaire teaching the little bab how to draw and beaming with pride the whole time.

Grantaire, despite his own cynicism, being the most ridiculously encouraging parent ever because the only reason he ended up the way he did was a lack of encouragement and he’ll be damned if he lets his kid go the same way.

Grantaire buying the Small Citizen those crayons for drawing on bathroom tiles and drawing whole murals with the little bab in the bath. 

Grantaire getting excited about the holidays for the first time in years because he gets to help his little bab decorate things. Convincing Enjolras to let them get a ‘non-specific holiday tree’ so that Small Citizen can help cover it in tinsel. Grantaire lifting the bab up so he can put the star on the top.

Grantaire’s phone just being full of photos of his baby. 

Grantaire being that parent who obnoxiously shows off pictures of his child to everyone who will look because he’s so proud.

Grantaire defying his own expectations and being a really great parent.


At Oak & Rush in Chicago, Starbucks designers worked with artist Olalekan Jeyifous to create a large 25 panel mural depicting an Oak tree providing shade to a coffee tree, while sharing vignettes of a coffee story rising through its boughs. The mural includes tiles that depict oak leaves, coffee cherries and a coffee bean in a style that is inspired by Chicago’s rich architectural tradition. Casual seating downstairs caters to to-go customers, where planks salvaged from boxcars clad walls, ceilings, and fixtures.

Peggy Angus “A tile mural for Brussels World Fair seen in situ, 1958″

“So why is it that so few people know about her? “Like Ravilious, she is part of a generation that was overlooked from the 60s on, when tastes changed. They’re only now coming back into fashion. A lot of her work was done for private clients, which kept it out of sight. But like lots of women, she has also been written out of history – literally. Her husband [the architecture writer JM Richards] doesn’t even mention her in his memoir.” As Russell notes in his book, male architects were content to use women artists to decorate their buildings, but this didn’t mean they were going to share the credit for a design’s success. In 1958, Angus designed a 50ft-long futuristic tile mural for the British section of the Brussels World Fair. Yet she was not invited to the opening ceremony and had to travel to Belgium to see it in situ at her own cost.”

This quote is from a great article on the Guardian website today written by Rachel Cooke about little known British designer and artist Peggy Angus. It is always good to find out more about the female designers from design history past, especially ones who have come close to being forgotten. It is something I have found very common while researching Mid-Century Modern, information is often sparse and their work can be much harder to track down. Which is a real shame. The mural pictured above is really quite something, I wish there were more photos, as it feels a pity to only see it in black and white the from one angle. It reminds me a bit of the colourful and abstract work that Eduardo Paolozzi (who I’m a big fan of at the moment) would do in the 1960s and beyond.