Visit This: A Digital Art Show in an Austrian Castle
Each year, the curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein invites a group of young designers to live and work for one to three weeks at Schloss Hollenegg, her husband’s family’s 12th-century castle in rural Austria… and the Brooklyn-based studio Charlap Hyman & Herrero collaborated with the wallpaper company Calico to create a lush if violent print that depicts entangled vines…
Looking for nursery decorating ideas? We’ve found the best baby room ideas from the Livingetc archives. Whether it’s for a baby girl or a baby boy, and whether you’re looking for something bright and colourful, or calm and Scandi-inspired, we’ve found some gorgeous baby room ideas to inspire you…
2/29 COSY TEEPEE
A cosy teepee and a sheepskin rug soften the look in this nursery room. This baby’s room has the most glamorous wallpaper going, using satellite imagery from Nasa.
3/29 NASA WALLPAPER
Here you can view the wallpaper up close which uses satellite imagery from Nasa.
This week: Schloss Hollenegg’s new exhibition launches in 3-D, Lex Pott makes moves from candles to soap-making, and a beloved New York photographer launches in-demand jigsaw puzzles.
Silver linings everhwere with this pandemic – it made it impossible for people to visit Schloss Hollenegg’s summer exhibition, but inspired curator Alice Liechtenstein to take the exhibit to the people, so that those of us who wouldn’t have been able to fit in a trip to her castle outside Vienna can now do so virtually. The show, Walden, “opens” today via Instagram Live talks and 3-D tours, showcasing works developed on-site by Charlap Hyman & Herrero (who made the hand-painted vine wallpaper shown above in collaboration with Calico)…
On our radar: a collaboration between Brooklyn-based wallcovering company Calico and LA/NYC architecture and design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero, installed at Schloss Hollenegg, an Austrian castle. The collection of bespoke wallcovering, called Overgrow, is part of “Walden,” an exhibition curated by Alice Stori Liechtenstein, founder of the castle’s design program.
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File under “unconventional places to debut a wallpaper line.” A collab between Brooklyn-based makers Calico Wallpaper and Los Angeles-based architecture firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero has premiered at — wait for it — Schloss Hollenegg, a castle in Austria. “Overgrow” was inspired by the cascading greenery that teems along the covered walkways, staircases, and towers around the castle.
1. Calico Wallpaper
Fast-rising architecture firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the art an design world, including Nina Johnson Gallery and Friedman Benda, as well as leading fashion retailers like Everlane and Barneys New York. This month, it introduced a striking wall covering collection, Overgrow, with Calico Wallpaper. Featuring a blossoming tumble of vines, the design made its debut at Schloss Hollenegg, a historic Austrian castle that is continually reconfigured to promote the work of emerging designers.
- The Overgrow Collection in the colorway Cosmio is featured in Galerie Magazine
Over the weekend, Alice Stori Liechtenstein inaugurated the latest edition of her ongoing design exhibition and residency, a project set against the dramatic backdrop of her Austrian castle, Schloss Hollenegg. Titled Walden, this year’s theme invited designers to think about bringing nature back into everyday life. But not the romantic version of it, as Liechtenstein explains, the gritty, wild kind.
‘I want to address the environmental crisis,’ says Stori Liechtenstein, the castle’s resident and curator. ‘In the past 18 months there have been some groundbreaking exhibitions on design and ecology, and I felt it was necessary to keep the conversation alive and explore it further. I find a lot of the current narrative is unnecessarily politicised and guilt-inducing, so I wanted to talk more about nature than the damage we are doing to it, in the hope of reawakening our innate love for the earth.’
Calico Wallpaper collaborated with Charlap Hyman & Herrero to produce a collection from this installation titled Overgrow. The collection has various colorways, including Alice, named after the curator of the show, and is the colorway currently installed at Schloss Hollenegg.
Nature is at the center of a new digital exhibition staged by Alice Liechtenstein at Schloss Hollenegg.
When Italian design curator Alice LIechtenstein moved with her family in 2014 to Schloss Hollenegg, a rambling 12th-century castle in Austria that was her husband’s ancestral home, she was confronted with something new: nature. Not the idyllic, wildflowers-from-my-country-house kind of nature. It was something messier, less romantic, a little out of control…
design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero and Calico Wallpaper brought those vines and insects that had once so maddened Liechtenstein inside in the form of a fanciful printed wallpaper, derived from an oil painting.
“We wanted to distort the distinction between the decorated interior and the wilderness beyond,” Adam Charlap Hyman explains, “while referencing the presence of numerous historical landscape wallpapers throughout the castle.”
10. Available in six colorways, Calico Wallpaper’s Escape reflects how glaciers carve new forms into the Earth’s surface by carrying traces from the past.
… Expect to see more product launches during the new stay-at-home reality… For product debuts originally timed to NYCxDesign, Calico Wallpaper is pursuing digital announcements and storytelling instead.
Photography by Adam Ryder & Matthew Johnson
Peek inside some of our favorite designers’ home offices, and get their tips for creating a successful WFH setup (or mindset) of your own.
Because we could all use a little home-office inspiration right now, we asked some of our favorite creatives to share their own shelter-in-place work spaces. Plus, we rounded up their tips and takeaways for making the best of working from home — even if that means getting the job done from your kitchen table.
Photography by Nick Cope
Giant waves were lashing against the side of the apartment building. Just outside the living room window, an electrical transformer exploded, sending sparks flying. Inside, Nick and Rachel Cope were starting a wallpaper company.
It was 2012, and Hurricane Sandy was laying waste to New York’s low-lying neighborhoods, including Red Hook, Brooklyn, where the young couple were hunkered down. In the aftermath of the storm, most of Nick’s projects—he had a design-build company at the time—were put on hold, and the hospital where Rachel was working as a therapist was shut down for post-Sandy repairs. So the Copes took advantage of the break to experiment with making marbled paper, a project that evolved over time into a bustling company, Calico Wallpaper.
Almost a decade later, they’re facing another disaster-induced hiatus, with their Brooklyn design studio closed by stay-at-home orders issued to halt the spread of COVID-19. This time around, the Copes have a staff of 11, not to mention two young children at home—the stakes are different. “Sandy was awful, but it was fairly localized and we did see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Nick tells Business of Home. “We’re taking some of that experience into this, but this situation is obviously different.”
The company is facing a heap of challenges—a creative team learning how to work over Zoom, a design director stranded in South Africa with a wonky laptop—but in many ways, the Copes are lucky. The mills that manufacture their wallpaper are currently operating, placing them into the fortunate category of vendors who can still ship product. Across the country, many makers are facing a more complete shutdown, putting a famously industrious community into uncharted territory: downtime…
Photography by Daniel Shea
Through all of the uncertainty and stress that COVID-19 pandemic is causing around the world, the interior design community continues to rise to the occasion in amazing ways. Online retails are donating part of their proceeds to charity; PR firms and interior designers are raising money via Instagram initiatives; and now the design studio General Assembly has partnered with 40 members of the New York City design community to host the online auction At Home, which will be live through April 12, with all net proceeds going to the humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief. The auction’s stellar lineup includes pieces by Anna Karlin, Apparatus, Egg Collective, Kinder Modern, and the Future Perfect, just to name a few. See more of our favorite pieces going up for sale below, and don’t forget to bid — this is one auction you won’t want to miss.
9. Well Wallpaper
This ombré wallcovering by Calico would add contrast to just about any wall. Now’s the time to update your home!
Now that we are all looking into each other’s homes on FaceTime and Zoom, it’s time to rethink wallpaper — and not the virtual kind.
The wallpaper business was booming before coronavirus forced us all to contemplate the state of the walls in our home-and in the home of everyone else on our virtual meeting. Those in the industry are taking notice: “We’ve seen a big spike in wallpaper sample orders,” says Noel Fahden, vice president of merchandising at online retailer Chairish. “Many customers are ordering five-plus samples at a time, so they’re clearly considering a range of options.”…
Florals – Status brand Calico Wallpaper, meanwhile, has produced a couple of more subtle flower-inspired patterns, including Flora which evokes “the eternal calm and serenity of an open field.”
“…To David Alhadeff, founder of the influential design gallery The Future Perfect, the rise in eclecticism has to do with broader changes in design itself. He recently opened the third installment of Casa Perfect, a nomadic design gallery that takes over an entire house. The current iteration is in a mid-century modern home in Los Angeles and features an eclectic mix of work: Matthew Day Jackson’s hand-sculpted tables and chairs; Chris Wolston’s anthropomorphic wicker furniture and prismatic botanical lighting; Calico Wallpaper’s gilded wallcovering; and Seungjin Yang’s playful blown-glass seating.”
For its fourth installment, Casa Perfect takes over a 1970s Trousdale Estates home, designed by Raul F Garduno. Casa Perfect – the nomadic showhouse concept of The Future Perfect gallery – has an unprecedented relationship with the architecture it inhabits. Previous iteration in Los Angeles saw installations in the former home of Elvis Presley and at the David Hyun designed century house in the Hollywood Hills. Similarly, for its first New York outing in 2019, Casa Perfect opened the doors of a West Village five-story townhouse designed by David Chipperfield…
… Another easy update that has added a lot of joy to the apartment is the Calico Wallpaper. “I was inspired by the brand, so I went to their office and loved everything,” says Isabella. “In one room it looks like the surface of the moon (Lunaris in the colorway Midnight) and in the guest bedroom it’s this amazing ombré sunset (Aurora in the colorway Ray).”
Photography by Paola + Murray
“You walk into something like this, and you see a Jacuzzi tub like that, and you’re having a hard time peeling your chin off the floor,” he says, gesturing toward the sunken-tiled Roman tub in the master bathroom, now surrounded by gold-leaf Calico wallpaper and wall-to-wall carpet that is not original to the house, yet serendipitously fits right in with the original popcorn ceilings, seagrass wall treatment, and vertical blinds. “The house is really sexy, and it was a beautiful tableau to bring ourselves into.” Call it Boogie Nights chic.”
A walk up the pathway to LA’s new Casa Perfect—an architecturally stunning showroom for art and design gallery The Future Perfect—hints at what will be inside. Lush foliage, with both California and Japanese influences, leads to a massive ’70s-style front door, crafted from elegant dark wood. Push one of the large vertical handles forward to step inside an expansive living room with soft carpet underfoot. Wonder unfolds…
The Future Perfect’s blue-chip designers to showcase their latest work in a dynamic, lived-in environment that conjures much more excitement than the typical white cube. For this iteration, the gallery’s third in Los Angeles, Alhadeff selected a historic residence designed in 1971 by a mid-century powerhouse Raul F. Garduno in Trousdale Estates, a picturesque neighborhood located at the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountain. Our Aura wallpaper in the colorway Svad is featured in the dining area, in good company with Kolho Table and Chairs by our friend Matthew Day Jackson and a Maxhedron Chandelier by the Bec Brittain.
Happy new year, everyone! This year is going to be a good one, we can feel it. To start things off on the right foot with our Designer Desktop column, especially after the holiday craze, we’re bringing some zen into your life with this tranquil Escape wallpaper designed by Calico Wallpaper in collaboration with artist and sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo. Available in six color ways, the collection features an illustration of the glacial movements that shape landscapes. Paired with a fitting quote by Georgia O’Keefe, these wallpapers are truly lovely to see when you open up your laptop or pick up your phone.
Calico Wallpaper had two launches at the fair — a Beverly Hills Hotel-inspired banana leaf pattern backdropping Swarovski’s booth and this collaboration in the collector’s lounge with Fernando Mastrangelo, which riffs on the designer’s layered sand aesthetic and reflects how glacial movement can shape landscapes.
Calico Wallpaper launched a new bespoke wallpaper based off of this booth collaboration with Swarovski, which celebrates the company’s commitment to sustainability.
Swarovski returns to Design Miami/ with a biophilic installation that features two lustrous lighting installations by long-standing creative partner Tord Boontje, Atelier Swarovski home decor, and nature-inspired jewelry. Backdropping the booth is the Austrian crystal purveyor’s debut collaboration with Calico Wallpaper founders Nick and Rachel Cope, who created a pattern of oversize banana leaves based on hand-painted artworks.
Swarovski has created its booth at Design Miami inspired by water and nature. Tord Boontje has carefully designed the lighting installations which will be paired with wallpaper from Calico Wallpaper. Both embrace the nature preservation theme while Conservation International showcases films at the booth. The main attraction, Swarovski, will be displaying Atelier Swarovski’s home decor, fashion jewelry, and fine jewelry. After taking their total energy usage down 29%, helping provide clean water in schools, and committing to responsible ways of business, the brand wants to celebrate the importance of our planet…
At the booth, hundreds of light drops will be hanging in the first room followed by blossom chandeliers in the second. The wallpaper will also be separated into two ideas. The first is a custom dark blue, Swarovski’s signature color (this is a custom colorway of Calico Wallpaper’s Sumi Collection). The second will be large banana leaves hand-painted in a dark green (this is from Calico Wallpaper’s Paradiso Collection).
Photography by Happy Monday
…Overall booths that were inspiring were from some of our favorite brands—including Fendi, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton, Perrier-Jouët, and Gemfields… Swarovski’s dazzling booth drew us in with sparkle and pizazz, first with a wave-like installation of Tord Boontje’s “Light Drops,” and a mural—based on hand-painted artworks—that doubles as bespoke wallpaper by Nick and Rachel Cope, co-founders of Calico Wallpaper.
Photography by Jason Schmidt
Calico Wallpaper, the Brooklyn-based bespoke wallcoverings company, will make its debut in Paris and London this month, launching collections at Maison&Objet today and the London Design Festival next week.
During the festival (London Design Festival), Calico Wallpaper will introduce its Prism collection at SCP, a leading furniture manufacturer and retailer in the city. The Prism collection features patterns that reimagine the subtle, rainbow-colored reflections created when light diffuses through crystals.
At Maison&Objet, which runs through September 10, Calico Wallpaper is presenting a vastly different wallcovering: Singing Sand. The Collection is part of a mirage-like installation at Triode called Visions / Perceptions, which explores the connection between material realities and optical illusions and will be on view until October 5.
Photography by Charlie Schuck
Suddenly, bold patterns are everywhere. But do they have a place in the modern home? We asked a Brooklyn design writer who knows a thing or two about the dos and dont’s of decor.
Step into any home’s powder room today and chances are good that you’ll encounter bedecked walls that you’ll either find tasteful or tawdry: Wallpaper is back, friends. And it’s not just for trad manses and country-fresh farmhouses. In modern and contemporary spaces–where minimalism once ruled–designers are warming to the idea of wallcoverings, particularly in powder rooms and guests baths.
No less a source than Pinterest has reported a 401 percent increase in searches for “bold print wallpaper” so far this year. It’s the opposite of the reverence for honestly expressed building materials, fetish for Scandinavian simplicity, and preference for paint that has dominated for more than a decade. So, is it sacrilege to ornament architecture with wallpaper? It’s worthy of exploring.
In some cases, wallpaper is practical. Consider historic homes where there are restrictions on radical structural changes–even if they previously underwent disastrous interventions. In my neck of the woods, Brooklyn, there are a number of historic districts with homes plagued by awkward, outdated floor plans and appendages, oddly shaped and tight spaces, or windowless and subgrade dungeons. Architects and designers are modernizing these to a degree, attempting to respect and preserve the original turn-of-the-century design intent. This is where, just like bold paint color, wallpaper can make a huge impact.
…Like paint color or a shift in material palette, wallcoverings can accentuate a nook, create a focal point, or inject character, softness, or a pop of color into a super-minimalist–sometimes too spartan–space. This Manhattan pied-à-terre would resemble any other New York City cookie-cutter abode were it not for a striking headboard wall, courtesy of Calico Wallpaper.
Calico Wallpaper + Toogood
De Nueva York a Londres. A ambos lados del Atlántio se ha creado Muse, la coleccioón de papeles de pared que triunfó en el Salone del Mobile. Muse explora la infinita diversidad y variedad de mujeres, formando un cuadro pictórico de caras con una gran variedad de características, poses y expresiones. Basada en una obra de arte original pintada a mano por Toogood con pinceladas de barrido, la segunda colección de la diseñadora para Calico Wallpaper está inspirada en el concepto de musa femenina, con combinaciones de colores que honran a mujeres icónicas como Marie Curie y Coco Chanel.
Our Aurora Heaven wallpaper was featured in the Kitchen Issue of Corriere della Sera – Living magazine.
Tribeca played host to showroom new (Orior) and new-ish (Viso Project), and a refresh of an already excellent hidden space (Arcade Bakery, with updated lighting by its original designers, Workstead, plus wallpaper by Calico Wallpaper).