Salone del Mobile Milano 2017: Imagined Landscape

In a collaborative exploration of process and materials, Calico Wallpaper partnered with artists and designers BCXSY, Ana Kraš, Snarkitecture, and Faye Toogood to develop a series of unique collections that unearth the possibilities of landscape. Traversing fantasy and reality, the collections evolved out of an expedition into the microscopic, abstract, geometric, and nostalgic, capturing what is above, below, within, and beyond us. Working by hand, each designer crafted a material language, composing a sequence of evocative images. The imagery was then transformed into large scale wallpapers. The result is an array of imagined spaces, each offering a distinct perspective on the territories that surround us.

For Imagined Landscapes, London-based furniture designer Faye Toogood brings her training in fine art to the forefront with Woodlands, Fields, Moors. Three original paintings by Toogood were carefully translated and scaled for the pastoral-inspired designs. Inspired by 17th century Rococo as well as the English landscape of her childhood, Toogood created a concept of enveloping an entire room with painted landscapes and hand-drawn black and white woodlands.

Also debuting is Snarkitecture’s Topographies, developed by partners Daniel Arsham, Alex Mustonen, and Ben Porto. Building on their exploration of excavation as an architectural process, the collaboration with Calico Wallpaper transforms this three-dimensional exercise into a handmade, two-dimensional wall covering. Stacks of paper are torn by hand to reveal a stepped topography, implying an unknown architectural depth within the wall. Alluding to the aging process of layered wall coverings, Snarkitecture’s design reveals an unexpected relationship between destruction and construction. The textured contours play between the looseness and depth of the torn excavations and the precision and flatness of the wall surface.

Additionally, Ana Kraš will debut Mira & Miloš in collaboration with Calico Wallpaper. This collection provides a simplicity and sense of spatial depth by playing with gradual color shifts within a line. The designs were inspired by Kraš’ series of drawings called ‘Grids’ and ‘Spomenik’. The collection consists of two distinct styles – Mira and Miloš. Mira (named after Ana’s mother) features lines crossing and making an imperfect net inspired by the woven tapestries Mira would buy for the house Ana grew up in, in her hometown of Belgrade. Miloš (named after Ana’s father) features horizontal lines shifting into various bold and subtle colors, evoking the sea and horizons of Montenegro, where Miloš built a cottage for himself to live in for the last fifteen years of his life. The slight imperfection of the hand drawn lines playfully draws in the viewer’s eye along the entire wall. Ana Kraš has created something organic within something inherently geometric.

BCXSY founders Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto collaborated with Calico Wallpaper on Microcosmos, an elements-constructed wallpaper originating from enlarged images of bubbles, which appear like the incredible universes seen through the lenses of a microscope. Random, naturally-occurring figures – digitally combined and colored – demonstrate a fascinating formation of well-balanced characteristics from both the handmade and technological worlds. The end result is a virtually endless variation of compositions and color expressions.

The four wallpaper collections debuted at the company’s first-ever standalone exhibit space at:

Via Varese 12,
Brera Design District in Milan, Italy
during Salone del Mobile (April 4-9, 2017)

Photography by Lauren Coleman