Set within Beijing’s ancient Baofang Hutong, House of Wang is a new retail concept offering the best international design in a historical setting.
Initially launched as a digital platform soon followed by a physical store, House of Wang follows the unprecedented growth of the luxury design market in China. With the aim of bringing together a diverse range of creative influences, founders Ruby Ren and Eric Wang focused on selecting the best contemporary brands and designers ranging from Apparatus and 1882 Ltd to Nada Debs and Calico Wallpaper…
Designers: Rachel and Willow Cope of Calico Wallpaper
Product: Reverie Collection
Made in: Brooklyn, New York
Standout: The studio co-founder (with husband Nick) collaborates with their five-year-old daughter, the result an expressionistic layering of abstract color fields.
2. Charlap Hyman & Herrero’s Overgrow Type II PVC-free non-repeating custom wall covering in Alice by Calico Wallpaper
If you’re like most people, you stare at your computer or tech devices more hours than not throughout the day, so why not make it something cool to see? Each month we enlist artists, designers, and companies to create cool desktop wallpapers with beautiful patterns and quotes that you can download for free to use on desktops and mobile devices… January 2020 by Calico Wallpaper in collaboration with artist and sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo featuring a quote by Georgia O’Keefe
Chifa’s been open less than one week but its collabs are already extending beyond the Nünchi dessert. Humberto can’t reveal too much about future collabs, but the custom striped wallpaper – made with Calico Wallpaper – will be available for sale sometime this month, and in seven new colorways in January.
The embrace of color, which won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Humberto’s work in the fashion space, comes from a Cantonese phrase his mother would use when he was growing up. “It translates as ‘Wear this color, it will steal people’s eyes,'” he said. “I’ve always kept that in mind, and I think it’s why a lot of my work is about color.”
And the 500-square-foot, 48-seat dining room of Chifa is overflowing with eye-stealing color…A mint-colored terrazzo floor is inlaid with eight Valentine-worthy pink hearts and the walls are papered in a green and black pattern that’s part zebra stripe and part wood grain.
“It’s called Heartwood,” Humberto said of the wallpaper pattern. “It’s a collaboration with Caclico Wallpaper, and people can actually buy it.”
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Dress Things Up with Metallics
Use a contemporary wallpaper with a metallic sheen for a dreamy, ethereal feel. In this nursery designed by White Arrow, the abstract Calico Wallpaper will still add some beauty and style no matter how the space is used in the future.
“When designing clothes, you always think about the space the person would be in,” says Humberto Leon, cofounder of cult fashion brand Opening Ceremony and former creative director of Kenzo. With his latest venture, a Peruvian-Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles named Chifa after the popular fusion food, he’s realized that space. And, oh, what a world it is: From heart-shaped windows to zebra-print wallpaper to scalloped tables and wavy flatware, his cool, colorful stamp is everywhere…”
Our Heartwood Collection, made in collaboration with Humberto Leon, is featured in the photos above wrapping the entire restaurant in a custom color.
Photography by Jarod Wang