These gorgeous paper tiles from design studio Dear Human can be assembled into a sculptural wall covering that combines the best attributes of wallpaper, 3D wall hangings, and traditional tiles. Using recycled leftover pattern paper from a local garment factory, the studio creates a slurry which is pressed into air release dies.
The process is similar to that used to create ceramic tiles. Forming the paper tiles this way makes them exceptionally strong and durable but keeps the best attributes of paper: it can be printed and painted on easily. They come in shades of white, gray and natural “kraft” brown and are offered in a range of shapes and sizes so you can customize them to your liking.
The finished product makes entire walls into canvasses, with the jauntily printed paper tiles intermixing with traditional ceramic tiles made from the same molds. The paper tiles have natural sound dampening qualities, making them useful as well as uniquely lovely.
About Dear Human
“The work of Dear Human is an exploration into playfulness and discovery through unconventional material use, pattern and colour. Their interest in sustainability, material research and world folk traditions continuously inspire new directions of inquiry and ways of making. Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell work on their bespoke objects and commissioned works at their Montreal-based studio.”
“Dear Human is the visual arts and design collaborative formed by Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell in 2010. Jasna Sokolovic studied architecture at the University of Sarajevo and at the University of Belgrade in former Yugoslavia before immigrating to Canada during the war. She completed her studies in fine arts at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Noel O’Connell is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He is a Fulbright scholar in art and architecture and spent six years studying and working in art restoration and ceramics in Thailand and China.”