It was serendipitous, really. Rachel Cope, cofounder of Calico Wallpaper, was toying with the idea of a scenic panorama—a departure from the maker’s largely abstract and painterly collections—when an undulating forest scene on Instagram stopped her mid-scroll. Posted by Ed Ng—founder of international design and architecture firm AB Concept—the snow-capped terrain (which happens to be the view from Ng’s back porch in Karuizawa, Japan) was calling for a large-scale canvas. Lightly reinterpreted with varied perspectives and artisan finishes, the coniferous sight now dons the Tableau wallpaper, available in 8 colors allusive of the changing seasons in the Japanese Alps.
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Rachel Nuwer and Paul Dix’s rooftop garden is home to bees, trees, crickets, and gamboling rabbit friends.
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Photographs by Christian Torres
Trends from the largest global design event, celebrating its 60th year.
After a year off due to the pandemic and a scaled-down iteration in September 2021, Milan’s Salone del Mobile — the international design fair that’s been held annually since 1961 — was back in full force last week. Beyond the trade show itself, which was packed with household names in the world of interiors, the Fuorisalone saw young creatives and smaller brands take over galleries, abandoned spaces and art hubs across the city with shows and installations, proposing new ideas for what our homes of tomorrow might look like.
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AB Concept teamed up with Calico Wallpaper to create a serene wallcovering collection inspired by the changing seasons of the Japanese Alps
The Milan Furniture Fair (or Salone Internationale del Mobile) rebounded in a big way after two years that included a downsized show in September and a canceled one in 2020. The event usually takes place in April, but Salone president Maria Porro pushed the comeback to June, which resulted in even more anticipation for the design world’s biggest exhibition. Here are some standouts I saw at the sprawling, citywide showcase.
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The New York-based wallpaper outfit founded by Rachel and Nick Cope has long been inspired by global art practices, including traditional ones from Japan and Turkey. Their newest endeavor, Glow, is inspired by artists closer to home-including Light and Space legend (and California native) James Turrell. Squint and you can see vast fields of pale-colored bands gracing the wallpaper designs. Six colorways include the pink-tinted Flame and the gray-and-mauve Gleam, as well as Lumen, Flume, Crosslight, and Blend. The product was created by experimenting with collage, mixing vellum and translucent Lucite, to create a distinctive and welcoming play of light and pattern.
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The AD100 architect joins forces with Calico Wallpaper for a historically-inspired collaboration
This month’s Designer Desktop is a collaboration between long time favorite Calico Wallpaper and their guest, French designer Sam Baron. Titled Noir, the new wallpaper design is an exploration in refined restraint and essential materials. Paper, paint and brush were the only tools used in the creation of Noir, resulting in the detailed broad brushstrokes that characterize the collection. Noir is also inspired by French artist Pierre Soulages and his famous “Outrenoir” style that highlights the endless depth that the color black produces, which the artist sees “both as a color and a non-color. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens a mental field all on its own.”
Following their moody Noir collection, the Brooklyn-based wallpaper brand chronicles the ephemeral nature of the ever-changing sky in its latest launch titled Atmosphere. The eight-part series channels atmospheric clouds and abstracts their hues into a medley of hand-painted scenes that take inspiration from the amorous works of artist J.M.W. Turner.
Featuring our Atmosphere collection
When they first worked together, renovating a home that had once been a church, they never imagined they’d eventually get married there.
During the 2019 Fuorisalone, a series of showrooms and pop-up exhibitions awaken the usually silent via Maroncelli, a few steps from the Feltrinelli Foundation. Among wallpapers with oversize feminine motifs, sculptural lights and furniture signed by Brazilian masters, here is a series of projects for which it is worth visiting this corner near the Brera Design District.
The second collaboration between Faye Toogood and Calico Wallpaper – a company based in Brooklyn (New York) specializing in fine wallpapers – gave birth to Muse (photo above), a fresh and spontaneous wall covering. The aesthetic and the distinctive color palette of the British designer animate a series of female silhouettes, each different from the other, which intertwine and dance on the walls of the space in Via Maroncelli 7, open on an inner courtyard. Founded in 2013 by Rachel and Nick Cope, Calico Wallpaper has developed a technique that allows the company to customize and apply Muse to any environment.
In the room adjacent to Calico there is the Still / Life exhibition created by the American lighting company Ladies & Gentlemen, in collaboration with MUD Australia, a Sydney-based brand specializing in ceramics. The long friendship and the shared aesthetic and design approach have led the two companies to jointly present their respective collections in a welcoming setting imagined by Jean Lee, co-founder of Ladies & Gentlemen. The delicate and sinuous curves of the Myrna series of lamps (the name is a tribute to the American Actress Myrna Loy, NDR) dialogue with the delicate porcelain collections of MUD Australia, handcrafted in a range of soft and opaque colors.
Rachel & Nick Cope, co-founders of Calico Wallpaper are excited to announce the launch of their new sister company Cope – a new brand of textiles. Under the family name of its founders, Cope represents a unique vision for the world of soft goods. The brand draws inspiration from nature, science, and the arts to bring unique expressions of essential forms into the home. Celebrating the creative process of art-making, Cope explores the past and preset. Looking through a lens of curiosity, experimentation with both technique and gesture brings the shape and pattern to life that comes out of this process.
Pillows, textile yardage, and samples are now available for purchase via the Cope website. All of our products are printed on a variation of 100% linen that has been made from flax sourced exclusively from the Flanders region or greater Europe. We are proud to have all of our design, printing, and finishing done in the United States.