Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The duo behind Calico Wallpaper draws
inspiration from around the globe for their traditional-meets-modern marbled
designs.
An unfortunate circumstance can sometimes lead to an
unexpected lucky break.
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012, Rachel and
Nick Cope, the creators of Calico Wallpaper, found themselves stranded without
electricity in their home and studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
While cooped up,
Rachel, a 34-year-old sculptor and RISD graduate, began experimenting with
marbling on paper.
Nick, 33, soon realized their product was good enough for
an upcoming design fair in Manhattan.
The couple slapped the paper onto a
booth, placing an antique credenza they found upstate out front as a
prop.
Their calico cat, with her pretty patchwork coat, served as inspiration
for the name.
"We didn't even have pricing, we were just so focused on
what it was," Rachel says.
"People fell in love with the paper
immediately," Nick adds.
It's thanks to his background in digital
photography that their one-of-a-kind marbled paper can be custom-sized and
printed for any space—be it a repurposed Airstream decorated with
contemporary art or the drawing room of the 150-year-old English house of
antiques dealership Mallett at this year's London Design Festival.
Since the
launch, they have spent time in Tuscany apprenticing with Florentine marble
masters, incorporated marbling techniques from Japan and Turkey, and added
their own modern touches like gradients and moonscapes.
Find their work at
Future Perfect in Manhattan or at calicowallpaper.com.
The duo behind Calico Wallpaper draws inspiration from around
the globe for their traditional-meets-modern marbled designs.

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