Wallpaper Trend: Optical Illusions & Industrial Surfaces
Not long ago, wallpaper designs made no pretense of their purpose—to disguise or enliven the original surface to which they were affixed. But a new range of modern wallpapers are now taking wall esthetic down to another level—which is to say, pretending to be the very surface that traditional wallpapers were meant to hide. Say hello to concrete, plywood, and tin, among other industrial materials—their roughness and imperfections celebrated, and on vivid display—in the guise of beguiling contemporary wall coverings that may fool even the most discerning eye.
Brooklyn Tins is a wallpaper range that reprises the esthetic of tin ceiling tiles—squares of pressed tin that replicated the texture of ornamental plasterwork, but at a fraction of the cost. A surface material that reached its zenith in the 19th Century, vintage tin tiles remain a distinctly American craft, their detailed relief designs coveted beyond American shores. The Parisian brand Merci took inspiration from the vintage tin tiles on display on its premises, and, together with the Dutch wallpaper manufacturer NLXL, has launched a range of trompe l’oeil wallpapers so immaculately reproduced and visually striking, you’d be forgiven for instantly jumping on that ever-edgy Brooklyn bandwagon.
View our new Merci Brooklyn Tins collection here >
The Dutch designer and architect Piet Boon is known for his refined interior projects in which concrete, among other natural materials, are featured elements. A collaboration with NLXL, the Piet Boon Concrete Wallpaper collection translates the subdued elegance of the designer’s signature style into a stunning suite of wall coverings that capture the subtle richness and color gradations of concrete to an unprecedented degree. Easy to install and maintain, Concrete Wallpapers contain no pattern repetition, further imbuing any interior space with the authenticity of a genuine concrete expanse.
View our new Piet Boon Concrete Wallpapers here >
Few designers are more associated with estheticizing imperfection than Piet Hein Eek. The Dutch designer’s Scrapwood wallpaper collection, introduced in 2011, turned leftover material into a patterning device, and might well have started the rage for transforming industrial surfaces into a faux wall esthetic. His more recent Blue Scrapwood wallpaper design features photographic reproductions of weathered wood planks—paint chips, splinters, and all—which serendipitously arrived at his studio already in their blue-painted state. Similarly, Eek’s Silver Grey Brick Wallpaper motif made use of an existing exposed brick wall in his studio, which, once given a wash of metallic silver paint, yielded a shimmering trompe l’oeil brick surface, albeit with a slightly more glamorous twist.