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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Getting Creative

There’s a common misconception in today’s world: that wallpaper is just for walls.

Okay, I know it makes sense. It’s called wallpaper, after all. But when’s the last time you saw a toothpick in someone’s teeth, as opposed to sticking out of your burger with a little flag on top? People are great at finding new and unexpected uses for everyday things, from small to large, and wallpaper is no exception to that rule. Its original purpose was, and always will be, to dress up your walls… but even if you’re not an interior designer, you too can find clever ways to add the timeless elegance and style of wallpaper to a wide variety of areas, products, and surfaces.

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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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