Paper on Walls
Image Courtesy of Secondhand Rose
These past couple of years I have been hearing lots about wallpaper. Wallpapering is no longer a home decor choice associated with mothballs, grannies and Florida… There are tons of high-end conceptual wall papers out there now for wallpapering fanatics. Why have off-white walls when you can have different beautiful patterns in every room of your home!
Dollface by Flat Vernacular
Flat Vernacular is a Brooklyn-based design company that specializes in original hand-drawn, hand-printed wallpapers. The first wallpapers they ever put out were these amazing ornate French and Belgian tapestry motifs made with stickers: the kind of stickers we used to trade in elementary school. Classical patterns crated with shiny lions, candy canes, deers, roses, soccer balls.
“The Salon at Sundown” by Flat Vernacular
All in Favor by Flat Vernacular
Flora by Flat Vernacular
Sketchbook Garden by Flat Vernacular
They are whimsical and beautiful, with great color palates, reminiscent of vintage papers (like the ones sold at Second Hand Rose).
Damask, French an Belgian tapestries of flowing formal motifs. (Secondhand Rose)
On the total other side of the wallpaper spectrum, I came across a design duo of twins, called the Brothers Mueller. They subvert the tradition of ornamentation in wall paper by creating an interactive wall with thermochromatic ink, called Viral Wallpaper.
“Today wallpaper has fallen into the background, The Brothers Mueller aim to bring wallpaper back to the foreground. Viral (STD) Wallpaper is a demask print with stylized versions of sexually transmitted diseases. The typical presentation of this piece allows viewers to touch the wallpaper, triggering the viruses to then bleed through the paper as the viewer “infects” the wall with their touch.”
The subject matter is a little off putting: I wouldn’t really want to wake up to floating thermo-viruses hovering around me, but it is an interesting concept confined to a gallery wall.
Viral Wallpaper, 2010 [ Thermochromatic ink, conductive ink resistive heaters, Arduino ]
The paper is hung with heating pads so they are in a state of constant mutation.
Make your own patterns with us at TAC! We are offering an intensive Into to Screen Printing class this July! Register!