Calico may evoke images of homespun goodness and demure florals, but Rachel Mosler and Nick Cope, the founders of the bespoke wallpaper company Calico Wallpaper have something considerably more glamorous in mind. Their Brooklyn-based design studio (named, with no trace of irony, for the couple’s enviably photogenic calico cat) has quickly made a name for itself as a purveyor of ravishing wall coverings which have their inception in the kinds of venerable art forms and processes that resonate with creative types schooled in the joys of making things with their hands—something about which an artist (Rachel) and the owner of a design/build firm (Nick) may know a thing or two.
Informed by two ancient paper marbling traditions—the Japanese art of Suminagashi and the Turkish art of Ebru—Calico Wallpaper has arrived at a laboriously exacting process for creating richly detailed, shimmering marbleized compositions that can fairly be described as art. Handmade cotton paper and carefully calibrated applications of metallic pigments that make each composition wholly unique—and no small dose of patience—comprise Calico Wallpaper’s recipe for “the largest marbled papers that exist today.” Two signature motifs—the lustrous gold-flecked Wabi, inspired by “the landscapes of the ancient east,” and the satiny, silvery Lunaris series, channeling “moonscapes and uninhabited space”—are the heart of the Calico brand. And, my, what a dazzling heart.
Images: Calico Wallpaper