According to the fourth edition of the Homes & Gardens Trends catalogue, Artist Inspired designs are going to be big this Spring/Summer.
At Jane Clayton & Company, we’ve really noticed how fabrics and wallpapers are starting to look more like pieces of art, with painterly designs, textures and colour palettes which wouldn’t look out of place in the Tate Modern.
The aim for this blog is to elaborate on this H&G forecasted trend, and delve deeper into the ways in which certain fabric and wallpaper designs complement and emulate artist's painting techniques and styles.
The Casamance Amethyste wallpaper, Casadeco’s Nuage wallpaper and the Bloom wallpaper design by Arte all convey a dispersed paint effect, in a range of gentle watercolour tones.
Jessica Zoob is a British contemporary fine artist who designed a range of digitally printed linens, velvets and wallcoverings for Romo Black Edition, in her distinctive impressionistic style. A contemporary blending of the abstract qualities of Gerhard Richter, and the poetic beauty of Monet’s later works, Zoob’s exceptional style and range of colour ways can be translated into any interior space. Having the ability to display Zoob’s artwork through soft furnishings and wallcoverings gives you such flexibility on how to display her work outside of the norm. Covering a wall or an entire room with her paintings, which have been skilfully recreated as large scale wallcoverings, will completely transform your space.
Oriental influences have always been prevalent in the design world, however recently we’ve noticed fabric and wallpaper designs have taken on a more artistic appearance, reminiscent of oriental masterpieces. Shen Zhou was a famous Chinese painter from the Ming dynasty, whose sympathetic interpretation of the natural environment gained him recognition as part of the painting elite. Casadeco’s Panoramique Paysage mural wallcovering emulates the dainty ink painting style of Shen Zhou’s work, and the Paysage wallpaper’s dream like appearance lends itself to an Oriental ambiance. The design on the Zoffany Sansui wallpaper has been painted to scale using large brushes, combining various painting techniques to great effect. Elitis’ Are You Passionate wallcovering is made with light shunting silk, with a diluted ink blossom watercolour design in a range of soft colours.
Gerhard Richter has already been mentioned in this post, however his revolutionary abstract style deserves its own section, as we see more and more designs containing elements of his renowned style. Casamance’s Victoria fabric illustrates the beauty of nature in the same non-representational way Richter’s work does, as does Black Edition’s Ombra wallpaper which is a digitally printed pattern of blended colours, fading into one another. Jessica Zoob’s Its Complicated wallcovering bears a strong resemblance to Richter’s work, both technically and in terms of their choice of composition. Both artists achieve an appearance of wet paint which has been dripped, blotted, and scraped off with a pallette knife to expose the prior layers. The range of tones, but absence of areas of block colour makes the designs easy to apply to many colour schemes, without being overpowering.
It’s surprising how similar the Borastapeter A Vintage Book wallpaper design looks like a work of art by Jackson Pollock! Large scale floor mounted canvases, dynamic pouring and dripping of paint and no figurative elements define Pollock’s style. Although the Borastapeter design was formed from an image of the cover of a French pattern book from 1845, the wallpaper has the same patina as the American artist’s work. A panel wallcovering in the Vintage Book design will be the focal point of any room.
John Harris & Kurt Jackson
Finally, we have the work of two modern day British watercolour artists, John Harris and Kurt Jackson, whose styles bear a resemblance to a few new Romo Black Edition fabrics and wallpapers from the Kansai collection. The Kansai design features contemporary blooms immersed beneath soft flowing water, digitally printed to conserve the blurred, painterly visual. The same colour range and appearance of the Kansai design can be perceived in the watercolour paintings by Jackson and Harris. Both artists have a careful understanding of how the paints bleed and move when applied to the canvas, and Kurt Jackson uses a range of non-conventional materials to apply the paint, manipulating its movement to create the desired composition. John Harris has a more refined approach, carefully considering every brush stroke, much like the diluted design of the Casamance Iron wallpaper, inspired by the fluid tints of precious metals.
It seems evident now that the line between fabric and wallpaper designers, and fine artist is really starting to blur, and I for one, cannot wait to see how this trend progresses in upcoming designer collections.