From Concept to Completion: Introduction

We have an archive; a magical place full of revered images and textures. It’s the kind of place that feels like you’re holding time in your white-gloved hands. These lovingly collected pieces are the inspiration for many of our design studio’s fine works, some being surprisingly contemporary in feel and form.

I am inspired by the colors and ideas of these other times, particularly when they are just a bit off-key. Take this piece for example: ovals that looked like sliced onion, ducks with dots for legs, blue spoons and yellow beets all on a background of intense grey green I have yet to find in any paint deck.

This pattern dates from the late 1940’s or early 1950’s and I discovered it among the notes and images that inspired designer Judy Evanitis for a new York Wallcoverings Collection, as yet unnamed, now in story board form in our studio. I show you here what I have come to call “Vegas Dinette”. This little pattern has begun a new life , and I would like you to travel with me through her journey from past to present as we reinvent her for our new collection.

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From A to Zebra

I continue to be amazed at the amount of wallpaper designs our studio produces each year.  And often those designs have an interesting history.

When he purchased a silk tie in the early 1980’s, Ronald Redding, our VP of Design had no way of knowing it would serve as inspiration for one of his own designs thirty years later. As Ron told me:

Back when our management team wore suits to work, I had a large collection of ties. And naturally, I was drawn to the more unique designs. During one of my many trips to historic Williamsburg I purchased a zebra-print tie. The color and artistry really attracted me, but I don’t think I ever wore the tie.

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