Tag Archives: Brooklyn

4-28-15 Rough Trade NYC custom wallpaper

Rough Trade NYC - a record store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

We had the privilege of contributing a custom wallpaper to the Rough Trade store that opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in late 2014. Rough Trade, independent purveyors of great music since 1976, based in London and Nottingham, England pushes against the notion that records and music retailing have gone by the wayside. The huge music emporium in Brooklyn creates a complete experience with live shows, food service and an interactive hang out area, the #guardiangreenroom featuring a custom wallpaper printed in our studio. Designed by Mohawk, a London-based branding firm, the unique space hosts interviews with the latest artists and allows users on both sides of the Atlantic to review current music releases, relax, tweet or play ping pong, all while surrounded by a striking custom mural.

Almost done - #guardiangreenroom, a salvaged shipping container music hang-out

The custom wallpaper design, replete with NYC and music iconography, features panels that create a huge mural. We printed the pattern on an eco-friendly PVC-free, smooth, non-woven material which is well-suited for commercial environments, while being sustainable and biodegradable.  The non-woven material has a crisp, clean print quality that works perfectly with these custom graphics.

NYC and music iconography grace the custom wallpaper designed by Mohawk.

After printing the order in our studio, Robertson was on-site in Brooklyn to ensure that the installation went smoothly along with our expert paper-hanger based in NYC.

After printing the mural in-house, we deliver the material and our expert paper hanger gets to work on site.

The mural design comes to life during the installation.

Robertson assessing the rendering versus the installation

The wallpaper sets the tone for the #guardiangreenroom, an interactive, multi-media music experience.

We believe in the transformative ability of wallpaper and love helping designers make that change in a space. The creative opportunities for custom wallpaper are endless.

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9-22-12 - 3D wallpaper at Pratt inspires us again

Designer/Professor Extraordinaire Sarah Strauss with a NY Toile

So happy to be invited again by our friend, Sarah Strauss, an innovative designer and professor at Pratt Institute School of Art & Design in Brooklyn, NY, to review her student’s work, along with our artist/architect friend, Jessica Jane Perkel. Each semester a fresh crop of students is asked to create a 3D wallpaper design which, ideally, is beautiful, engaging, clever, and technically feasible, with and without the iconic 3D glasses.

Everyone enjoys the thrill of the 3D experience

Robertson gets a closer look at a pattern composed of lace trimming

Not sure how we would approach the task, so it is always thrilling to see what gets pinned to the walls by these diversely talented students. This time, I was especially excited by the subject matter of the work. Thought was put into conveying a complex narrative, as well as designing a decorative pattern – with surprising elements like raining frogs, naked ladies, cassette tapes, corn kernels, microscopic bacteria, plastic bags and lace trim. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of the conversation!

 

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2-16-12 - pratt student wallpaper – seeing in 3D for the third time

We jumped at the chance to return to Pratt Institute School of Art & Design to review the student work in our friend Sarah Strauss‘ class. Asked to design repeat wallpaper patterns in 3D, the students worked to create personal and striking works that look good with and without the signature red and blue glasses. Such fun to discuss the joys and trials of pattern design with this passionate group of students. Thanks Sarah!

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10-19-11 - gingko galore

Montague grasscloth Palomino

One of our favorite designers and long-time twenty2 devotee, Sy Iverson of Inside Story, included our Montague gingko leaf pattern on his design blog today. A twenty2 signature since we introduced it in 2004, the cascading gingko leaves in our Montague wallpaper and fabric still feel so ethereal to me. And we have found that this unique leaf seems to have a strong connection for many people. Do you have a thing for gingko leaves?

Gingko

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9-22-11 - pratt student 3D wallpaper take 2

Pratt wallpaper review 2

Happily asked back by our friend, Sarah Strauss, a multi-talented designer and professor at Pratt Institute School of Art & Design in Brooklyn, NY, to review another round of wallpapers designed by her students in the Ornament & Decoration class. The wallpaper not only needed to succeed in being a repeat pattern, but also needed to be 3D. Not sure how I would go about tackling this bold challenge, but we really enjoyed discussing the projects and the world of wallpaper with this talented group – not to mention wearing the classic 3D specs. Thanks for having us back Sarah!

Pratt wallpaper review 2.2

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2-17-11 - pratt student 3D wallpaper

Pratt review Feb, 2011

Our friend, Sarah Strauss, a multi-talented designer and professor at Pratt Institute School of Art & Design in Brooklyn, NY, invited us to review her student’s recent project, along with our artist/architect friend, Jessica Jane Perkel. Challenged to create 3D wallpaper, her students explored many themes and worked through the ups and downs of repeats and scale, with the added layer of attempting to create a 3D effect. The review was super fun – 3D glasses and all – and we so enjoyed meeting the diverse group of students and sharing our feedback on their patterns, as well as the realities of manufacturing and marketing wallpaper. Thanks Sarah!

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