These bold and brave new motifs, by Farrow & Ball, Creative Matters, Custhom and more, pack a graphic punch.
1 Letter and Cube Star by Jocelyn Warner
East London’s Jocelyn Warner, whose graphic papers have been added to the permanent collection at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, first devised Letter (left) as a scarf in 1986. This pattern and the geometric Cube Star (right) are available in four colourways.
2 Columbia Road by Custhom
Eucalyptus stems found in London’s famed Flower Market form the basis of this oversized motif by design studio Custhom, which hand-foiled the paper to produced its distressed metallic finish.
3 Mise En Plis by Élitis
From this Parisian company’s Pleats collection, this paper riffs on the art of origami and is available in 11 rich jewel tones. The creased paper is printed on non-woven backing in 10-metre-wide rolls.
4 Juju by Graham & Brown
This collaboration with Philadelphia designer Jeanine Hays of AphroChic is inspired by the floral motif of Cameroon’s traditional juju hat. The vibrant pattern of this eco-polyester collection comes in three colourways.
5 Dream, Aura and Glacier by Creative Matters
At Toronto’s Interior Design Show last month, Creative Matters launched a line of wall coverings to complement its custom handmade rugs, which grace the floors of such luxury retailers as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The painterly effect of these PVC-free papers (in vinyl and matte versions) is rendered in eco solvent inks, and enhanced by a unique needle felting process.
6 Ocelot by Farrow & Ball
Available in five palettes, the energetic Ocelot leopard print – made with the company’s low-VOC paint on FSC-certified paper – injects character into any room. Rolls measure 53 centimetres wide and 10 metres long.
7 Devisor by Christopher Jenner
The South African-born British interior designer, who recently completed the ornate Diptyque shop in London, was inspired by Buddhist teachings for his Devisor wallpaper. The geometric motif is available in four colourways including red and black.
8 H Torsion Color by Maxalot
This evocative piece by New York’s Jim Soliven, a graphic designer who daylights as a computer programmer, is part of the Abstract collection by Maxalot. The wallpaper brand, founded in 2006, grew out of Max Akkerman’s galleries in Amsterdam and Barcelona, which shone a spotlight on digital artists. The papers are made of a non-woven fleece-linen blend and are printed with eco-solvent ink.
9 Levey Wallcoverings‘ Genon Cascade
This line takes cues from the organic and often metallic creatures of the ocean. Hype and Striations, shown here, are just two of the 19 vinyl patterns that are low-VOC, class-A fire-rated and manufactured with flexible Osnaburg (flax or jute) backing.
10 Mountains by MissPrint
Working under the MissPrint label, Britain’s Yvonne and Rebecca Drury design their wall coverings in a rural studio bordering East London. The five designs comprising the Mountains series are inspired by nature, Scandinavia and mid-century design. The entire range is PEFC-certified to promote sustainable forests, printed with organic inks, free of heavy metals and classed as non-carcinogenic.
For more off-the-wall inspiration, see “Wall Candy” in the January/February 2013 issue of Azure.