School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Mark Hampshire

Mark Hampshire

Joint Director, Mini Moderns

Graduating in 1989 with a degree in English Literature from Newcastle University, Mark worked in poetry publishing and as a children’s television researcher before establishing himself in design and branding.  In 1991, he founded a product and furniture design partnership, designing and producing furnishing accessories for retailers including Harvey Nichols, Heal’s and Galeries Lafayette.

Following several years working in trade and consumer marketing for Carlton Television, Mark pursued his interests in branding, taking on the role of Strategic Planner at London agencies including Cato Consulting and In Real Life and subsequently becoming Head of Brand Strategy at international branding consultancy, Identica, working across their offices in London, Moscow and Tel Aviv.

In 2001, disillusioned with the constraints of working within a big agency structure, Mark joined forces with Creative Director, Keith Stephenson, to set up design and branding consultancy, Absolute Zero Degrees. Here, the duo worked primarily in the retail, lifestyle and culture sectors, and became joint authors and designers of 6 graphic design titles for UK publisher RotoVision, including 4 titles in the highly-acclaimed series: Communicating with Pattern, which was published in 10 countries.  After one of their wallpaper designs was nominated for an Elle Decoration British Design Award, the duo established homeware brand, Mini Moderns in 2006, offering wallpaper and interior accessories to a growing market of design-conscious young families. Mini Moderns now sells throughout the UK, via retailers such as John Lewis, as well as internationally. In 2017, Mini Moderns went to air with its own show on QVC, presented by Mark and Keith.

Mark Hampshire