Noir

An invitation to discover depth in simplicity

Calico Wallpaper worked with guest designer Sam Baron to create Noir, a collection that brings focus to essential materials and techniques to discover depth in simplicity. 

Using only paper, paint, and brush, we explored the tactile qualities of each of these three elements, working with details of the texture, hand gesture, scale, and composition. The result is a bold papier-peint collection characterized by broad brushstrokes that capture the richness that is revealed through restraint and study. 

Noir is also an homage to the meticulous focus of the French artist Pierre Soulages who is famous for a practice he calls “Outrenoir.” He works singularly in black, which he 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 its own.”

Video by Matthew Johnson