(Courtesy of the Repeat. No Repeat blog)
Depending on the type of interior design you engage in, wallcovering can be a designer's best friend or worst enemy.Having worked with architects for many years, most are not in favor of decorative effects like patterned wallcovering, for they believe it somehow dilutes the purity of a building's design. However, there are many designers and architects who love the viusal impact that wallcovering can provide, especially for a feature wall in a prominent area. Nowadays, the trend seems to be moving away from small scale textures that ruled the last decade to overscaled graphic patterns, no doubt to align with client's goals of marketing and branding. And with the desire to move away from vinyl as a substrate, this leaves lots of room for wallpaper houses big and small to make a name for themselves in the contract market.
Here we showcase several of our favorites making waves these days, offering unique wallpaper products that could fit in any type of project or setting, depending of course on how you use it (and paying attention to location for durabilty and maintenance). Having said that, here's what tickles our fancy:
The lifesize Telephone Box by Lizzie Allen
Lizzie Allen is a young British printed textile designer, who having already worked for Paul Smith and Osborne & Little, was then awarded the opportunity by the Crafts Council in the UK to start her own company. Since 2005 Lizzie has been screening both her line of British themed patterns and custom work (bespoke, as the Brits say) in her own studio. She uses paper substrates that are sourced from managed forests and recycles the minimal paper waste.
detail by Beyond the Valley, Stampede
Another British design, Stampede, comes from design collective/shop/gallery Beyond the Valley.Sold by the roll on their online shop, this small but hip line features just three patterns of hand illustrated designs and done in collaboration with the esteemed house of Cole and Son. Also from Cole and Son are some more contemporary patterns, from fashion designer Vivienne Westwood – based on her established prints – and large scale natural graphics such as "Woods". And while neither of these are brand new (Woods has been out for a couple of years), the time seems right to introduce these large scale graphics into your projects as needed.
Another Brit we like is Deborah Bowness, who we discovered at ICFF a few years ago. Her wallcovering consists of narrow panels that have photographic images of common household objects, among other things. Pieced together you can get quite a striking wall mural. Check out her page of commissioned projects – very impressive!
Vancouver based Rollout, like many of the smaller wallpaper houses, has both a standard running line of patterns as well as offers custom products. One of their more dramatic, eye-catching patterns is Sultry Hair, designed by Andrio Abero. They use premium water-based inks with latex-based paper and print the rolls per your project's square footage in order to minimize waste. Because of the flexibility of the digital process, colors or repeats can be changed easily. These are also suitable for commercial projects, as the papers are Class A fire rated.
Sultry Hair by Rollout
For more inspiring wall coverings, visit Repeat. No Repeat.