Inside the Oscar-Winning Couples Manhattan Abode

Working with Studio DB, the Oscar-winning couple created a home that bridges old and new, East and West.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin know a thing or two about cultivating drama. The husband-and-wife filmmakers, who split their time between Wyoming and New York City, took home an Academy Award for their 2018 documentary, Free Solo, an edge-of-your-seat thriller that chronicled rock climber Alex Honnold’s epic quest to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The couple also directed and produced 2021’s The Rescue, which recounted the struggle to liberate a group of young soccer players trapped in an underwater cave in Thailand. For their Manhattan abode nestled among the peaks of the Upper East Side, the intrepid auteurs, working in concert with architect Damian Zunino and designer Britt Zunino of Studio DB, have crafted an entirely different kind of story—a three-dimensional tale of family and personal passion told through color, form, texture, and pattern.

“Jimmy and I are so different—city mouse versus country mouse. He grew up in a small city in Minnesota, and I was born and raised in Manhattan. But we are both children of immigrants, with a shared Chinese heritage,” Vasarhelyi says, elaborating on the dual perspectives and affinities that inform the couple’s work. “We are storytellers, and everything here has its own story, everything has meaning,” adds Chin.

Our featured collection Flora,  and a vintage rattan bed in the daughter’s room covered with D. Porthault bedding was staged perfectly together.

Alongside our other featured collection, Wabi in colorway Bone in the Wet bar.


By: Mayer Rus

Photography by: Matthew Williams

Styled by: Hilary Robertson

Calico Wallpaper and Stellar Works co-retail in New York’s storied Pearl Paint building

“Many months in the making, the new flagship of Stellar Works and Calico Wallpaper outpost has opened in the historic Tribeca building once occupied by the beloved, long-defunct Pearl Paint art supply store. Both illustrious design brands—often grabbing headlines with their dynamic wares—decided to join forces late last year and adopt the now popular co-retail model. The mutual benefits of this approach are wide-reaching, especially in the post-pandemic climate. While Calico Wallpaper continues to produce sought-after hand-painted collections, Stellar Works’s high-profile collaborations grow its already robust offering of well-crafted, soberly-styled furniture and lighting. Transforming 4,000 square feet of post-industrial Italianate storefront was a labor of love.
While Calico Wallpaper continues to produce sought-after hand-painted collections, Stellar Works’s high-profile collaborations grow its already robust offering of well-crafted, soberly-styled furniture and lighting.Various groups of furniture help bring depth and detail to the expansive space while a dedicated pull-out display case contains a prolific range of wallpaper designs. The rear space will eventually be used as a project space and feature temporary showcases. The lower level will feature a shared workspace. For Calico Wallpaper founders Nick and Rachel Cope, this store is their first brick and mortar space. It also offers them a chance to show that their products are not just for residential application but also targeted to the contract market”.

By: Adrian Madlener

Photgrapher: Matthew Williams


A Sunny Disposition


In lush Manoa Valley, a home that was originally built in the 1960s has been updated and upgraded.

“We love hanging out in the kitchen, enjoying our morning coffee and listening to our record player,” shares Mochizuki.

The kitchen used to be split-level; relocating it to create a one-floor layout makes the space feel much larger, explains Forman. Additionally, the couple opted to use wallpaper for an accent wall in their entryway per Forman’s recommendation. The wallpaper is from Calico’s Aurora line in a color called ray, which resembles the gradient of a sunrise. “We are really glad that we listened to Andrew,” shares Mochizuki.

By: Caitlin Thomas


Kips Bay Decorator Show House New York 2023: See Every Room Inside the Historic Upper West Side Mansion

Twenty-two designers and architects have beautifully reimagined the Upper West Side’s historic River Mansion.

Today, following a three-year hiatus, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House New York is back—and this year’s 22 participating designers and architects have contrived five floors of compelling interiors that were well worth the wait.

Through June 6, the historic River Mansion, a beaux arts townhouse overlooking Riverside Park and the Hudson River on the Upper West Side, will be open to the public to tour some 10,000 square feet of newly reimagined interiors. Inside, design pros share the creative musings and experimental ideas exciting them right now—from a shell grotto-esque retreat to a rococo Candyland. It’s all in an effort to raise funds for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and its enrichment programs, for which the show house has raised more than $28 million to date.

Interior Design by Clint Smith, Lillian Wu and Sasha Bikoff

Wallpaper shown: Scenic in Color way Lawn, Inverted Spaces in Color way Corona and Atmosphere in Custom.

Luxe Interiors + Design: Circles Shape The Look Of A Midcentury Modern Long Island Gem

When it comes to bringing work home, Cara Woodhouse is clearly having a ball. Designing for clients certainly taps her creativity, but a full renovation of the modernist Long Island ranch that she and her young family call home gave the New York-based designer leeway to throw whatever curves she wanted—and there were lots.

The primary bedroom is luxurious and peaceful, with hints of funk in the drip-like Calico Wallpaper wallcovering and curvy shapes of the Woodhouse-designed bed and Pablo table lamps. A contemporary Entler Studio chandelier is softened by the layered textures of Matouk bedding.

Wallcovering Shown: Satori in custom color


By: Stephanie Hunt

Photography: Brian Wetzel

Interior Design: Cara Woodhouse

Modern Luxury Manhattan: This Manhasset Project By Designer Hilary Matt Is Total Eye Candy

Interior Designer Hilary Matt focused on layering design throughout the home, beginning with the wallcoverings, then slowly expanding throughout the space by adding in additional textures.

“We went through the house and pinpointed which areas we wanted to be ‘bold’ and ‘wow’ spaces, and then which spaces we wanted to be more neutral and calming,” she says. “This really helped us choose the direction of each space and have a goal for the feeling of each one.”

The home office features Calico Wallpaper Eden in Mulberry designed in collaboration with Lindsey Adelman.

By: Matthew Fiorentino

Photography: Rikki Snyder

dezeen: 12 Minimalist packaging designs that do a lot with a little

From artisanal boutique to superstores, the trend for Minimalist packaging design continues to pick up pace. We’ve rounded up 12 examples, including name-brand ketchup without the name, a CD packaged in bubble wrap, and a stylish kit for surviving the apocalypse… A simple marble effect gives these otherwise minimal chocolate bars a feeling of restrained luxury. Calico Wallpaper used the salts featured in Mast Brothers’ confectionery as materials to create the marbled packaging.

Custom artwork created for MAST Brothers Chocolate shown above

Wallpaper* Handmade 2015: Eat me! Drink me! Tell me that you love me!

Fabrica has used some of Calico’s sumptuous coverings to rethink the humble lunch box: Tomomi Maezawa’s Sculptural Lunch is wrapped in ‘Willow Celeste’ wallpaper and held together by a thin wire structure, while Mariana Fernandes’ Wrapping Food uses marbled wallpaper to emphasise the shape of a traditional lunch of ham and cheese…

Sight Unseen: Calico Wallpaper at Villa Lena

A couple before they were partners in design, Nick Cope and Rachel Mosler founded Calico Wallpaper together two years ago in the wake of Hurricane Sandy…