Abstract Digital-Pattern Wallpaper Textiles
These creative wall-attached textiles are suspended squarely at the intersection of high-end home art, contemporary materials and modern decor. Designed in collaboration with photographers and artists, they represent a unique and custom-looking solution without paying one-off artwork prices (though at four-figure prices they are still by no means cheap).
Of the design pictured above, Maharam writes, “INTHEBEGINNINGTIMELIESASA PRESENTINFRONTOFOURFEET is a reproduction of Markus Linnenbrink’s three-dimensional drip painting. With gravity as his collaborator, Linnenbrink pours pigmented resin, finding a balance between chance and intention.
“French for “this is not silence”, ILN’YAPASDESILENCE is an exploration of color as sound. To create this dimensional work, Linnenbrink routered and sanded through layer upon layer of poured pigmented resin.”
This piece by Paul Smith, for example, is inspired by slow-motion photography – the streaks of light against the dark of night we associate with cars in the city, or urban lights through windows in the rain.
“Slow Exposure Stripe is a photocollage of London’s Brick Lane at night. By slowing the camera’s shutter speed, the neon signs that light this bustling street are transformed into fantastical brushstrokes.”
Another similarly-colorful work is very different in detail: symmetry prevails, and it is apparent up-close that the constituent elements of the larger pattern are, in fact, iconographic images that are not recognizable as such from a distance. This one is by Fred Tomaselli.
“Echo, Wow and Flutter; Sideways, Flopped and Mirrored is based on a painting that encases strands of dried leaves and flowers, assorted pills, and photo clippings of eyes, mouths, and hands under a half inch of clear resin.”
New York Times headlines made for vibrant stripes in a collaboration with artist A.J. Bocchino.
This series from Maharam is not just visually innovative, however, but materially as well: flame-retarded and washable fabrics (a hybrid of latex, cellulose and nylon) mean these are more durable and safe than traditional vertical-mounted rugs or conventional decorative carpets.