3-16-15 - icy grey blue

We love creating icy color palettes inspired by the tonal grey blues of our vintage Russel Wright ceramic collection – which began with a set of plates we purchased as our wedding china. Peekaboo, our trellis pattern, comes in a chilling blue, white and lush silver color way called Ice. Our new sisal grasscloth in the color Chill captures that same frigid blue grey look. The textile is our Montague pattern printed on linen and the carpet is our Marea – made to order through Studio Four NYC.


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2-13-15 - cooper hewitt: immersion room

We are honored to have been selected to record audio clips with our impressions of selected patterns from the Cooper Hewitt archive featured in the new Immersion Room. The Room consists of a huge touch screen table that allows the museum guests to select patterns from the archive and project them onto the walls for a fully immersive visual experience. Audio from various designers, including us, can be heard when the viewer selects certain patterns, adding an interesting layer to the experience. The guest can easily manipulate the pattern scale to create a new rendition of the classic motifs.

Another exciting element of the touch table, is the ability to draw and manipulate your own pattern and see it projected on the walls around you. Once you create your repeat cell, you can adjust scale, match point, overlap and direction – allowing the guest to quickly experience the challenges and joys we face in our own studio when creating repeat patterns. This was a huge hit with museum guests of all ages. On our recent visit to the museum, our daughters could not resist the impulse to create patterns and then run to stand in front of the projection. And they were not alone – a queue quickly formed in front of the table – and a scan of the Instagram hashtag #immersionroom shows the variety of work being created and fun being had.

twenty2 creating in the Immersion Room at the Cooper Hewitt from twenty2 on Vimeo.

The entire Cooper Hewitt Museum is now chock full of experiential exhibits that encourage guests to have a hands-on design experience in many mediums – linking technology and art in a fascinating way – and empowering us all to think outside of the box. The exhibits invite us to participate in design and its’ challenges, suggesting that the next great design solution could come from any one of us.



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1-26-15 - LMS wallpaper: a collaboration with the children of Litchfield Montessori School

We recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the children of the Litchfield Montessori School to create a digitally printed wallpaper to be auctioned off at a school fundraiser.

Every student, from toddler to 6th grade, painted a small non-objective painting which was given to us as the artwork and inspiration for the wallpaper. We then had the pleasurable task of creating a custom, repeatable pattern featuring each student work.

In the process of scanning and digitizing the paintings, we were able to enjoy the unique quality of each piece. We could see the personalities of each of the children in their brush strokes and color choices. Some created a motif with lines and shapes while others painted fields of their favorite hues.

We chose to highlight the individualism of each child by creating a gridded polka dot pattern with each painting as its own dot. By digitally printing this wallpaper, we were able to properly represent the vibrant colors and painterly nature of the work.

It was a joy and honor to collaborate with the children of the Litchfield Montessori School. There was a feeling of gratification in watching the kids pick out their paintings and beg their parents to be the winning bidder. Ultimately, we were so pleased to be able to contribute to the school by creating a wallpaper that reflects the true beauty of the nurturing Montessori community.

A rendering of our finished LMS wallpaper.

We love working on custom projects like this one so please contact us with your creative concepts!

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12-5-14 - new york at night in 3,454 paintings

We are super intrigued by this stop motion music video made by artist Zachary Johnson for folk band THE SEA THE SEA. Utilizing 3,454 oil paintings, the video visually tells the story of a rainy nighttime cab ride through New York City.

To create this magical rain blurred ride Johnson animated his 3,000 plus paintings, transforming work he made by hand into a digital piece of art. The idea of turning the hand made into digital is something that we often look to when making wallpaper. When digital printing, an artist or designers hand made work is scanned and taken through a process where it becomes a piece of digital art and then we, as the printer, produce into a printed physical product.

Although the music video is not a physical object it does transcend its original form and much like wallpaper, it is a repeatable media that has the ability to create an atmosphere all its own.

Check out the video for yourself: WAITING – New York at Night in 3,454 Paintings – THE SEA THE SEA/Zachary Johnson

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11-21-14 - a pinterest round up: beautifully neutral

A season is ending, changing the colors of our daily landscape here at our studio. The sea of warm hues has fallen from its perch, leaving trees dark and bare. What was green has turned umber and golden, awaiting its frosty white blanket of snow. The sharp chill in the air is accompanied by a black, white, grey, and golden color palette. As designers we are greatly impacted by these changes and have pulled together some of our recent pins that incorporate this beautifully neutral palette.

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11-12-14 - Matisse: the Cut-Outs

On a recent trip to NYC we visited MoMA to see the Henri Matisse exhibition, The Cut-Outs.

The exhibition focuses on the large scale cut-out works created during the later years of Matisse’s life. Made by a process Matisse described as “drawing with scissors,” the works consist of gouache painted paper that has been cut and arranged in striking compositions. Although the collection in its entirety was outstanding we were appropriately drawn to the large works Matisse made for the walls of his own home.

The Swimming Pool, is a dance of diving blue shapes on a white paper band created to ring the walls of the artists’ burlap papered dinning room. The piece has been carefully restored and is currently displayed on burlap and at its intended height to recreate the physical effect it had in its original space. Check out MoMA’s video about the conservation of this piece, Henri Matisse: Conserving The Swimming Pool.

The Swimming Pool, 1952.

The Swimming Pool, 1952

The Swimming Pool in Matisse's dinning room at the Hotel Regina in Paris, 1952.

Another work that caught our eye was Oceania, the Sky and Oceania, the Sea born on the walls of Matisse’s apartment at the Boulevard Montparnasse. Matisse cut and pinned shapes of sparrows and jellyfish, inspired by his time in Tahiti, creating his own wallpaper of sorts. In fact, the design was translated into a screen-printed textile in limited production.

Oceania, the Sky and Oceania, the Sea on the walls of Matisse's studio. 1946

Oceania, the Sky and Oceania, the Sea in progress, 1946.

Matisse’s walls became an ever-changing, canvas for his cut-outs and therefore a physical cultivation of the ideas he was expressing through his “drawing with scissors.” Much like we do, Matisse filled his personal and professional space with what inspired him, which enabled him to live within his own creations at a time in his life when his ability to travel and explore was limited by illness. Maybe, if we think like Matisse, our walls can become more than just structure. Maybe they can be a platform of our own self expression. What would that mean for our homes? What kind of possibilities could that open up for our wallpapers?



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11-4-14 - helvetica

We have always had a deep interest in typography and are continually encouraging those who work with us to explore the history of graphic design. Recently we introduced our newest employee to Helvetica, a 2007 documentary directed by Gary Hustwit. The feature-length independent film focuses on the history, relevance, and controversy of the beloved and in some cases despised typeface.

Eduard Hoffmann's notebook documenting the creation of Helvetica.

Designed in 1957 by Haas salesman and typeface designer, Max Miedinger, Helvetica was a response to the post-war ideals of modernist design. With its unusually tight spacing and large height the type has become a visual staple in global culture consuming the surfaces of our urban landscapes. The film engages influential designers, such as Massimo Vignelli, David Carson, and Erik Speikermann, in candid conversations about the infamous typeface as well as its relevance in the on going differences between modernist and post-modernist ideas. Whether its underground directing us to the right train on the subway or informing us that dark wash jeans are all we need for the fall season, Helvetica has seemingly taken over the legible world.

We can’t help but notice the fierce connection between typeface and the visual input of our everyday lives. We see it everywhere, do you?

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1-28-14 - Design*Sponge Black Book: montague wallpaper

We are honored to be included in Grace Bonney’s Design*Sponge Black Book feature “12 Wallpapers We Trust.” So happy that she considers our Montague gingko print on grasscloth to be a timeless classic that “would be just as beautiful now as it will be 20, 30 years from now.” Thanks Grace!

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5-14-13 – hooray for new wallpaper

Making the magic happen behind the scenes of our latest photo shoot

Spring has sprung and our newest wallpaper patterns and textures are rolling into our to-the-trade showroom, studio four nyc, this week. The fresh prints and grasscloths will be featured on our web site by the end of this month, but here are a few outtakes from yesterday’s photo shoot.

If you are a NY-based designer or in town for May’s design events, please stop in for a first look!

The indispensable grey card. Getting it just right for our new Bianca pattern.

Finding the perfect combination of colors of our new sisal grasscloths.

Catching the reflective sunlight with our new Dutton print on grasscloth.

Eero ensuring that we stay focused while on set.

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3-1-13 – flower power

Thanks AtHome in Fairfield County Magazine for featuring our Montague, Sherwood and Promenade wallpaper patterns in your latest issue. Feels like spring is in full bloom!


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