Art that sticks

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New wall designs by A. S. Création.

An overwhelming number and variety of products with extravagant designs await visitors to Heimtextil in the “Wall” section. At the same time, the wallpapers appear even more artistic and show even greater concern for detail than ever before. Digital printing provides a firm trend here, as it makes it possible to imitate techniques on paper that would normally be achieved by the work of various different trades. The best example of this is, perhaps, Hemingwaydesign’s “Planking”, created exclusively for Graham & Brown. The design involves apparent, unashamedly in-your-face, vintage-looking wooden planks on the wall; they are so realistic that it almost feels as if one could reach out and grasp the material. Rooms decorated with these wallpapers have their own quite special narratives.

There is, as it happens, a fantastic story, too, behind the “Remixed” wallpaper collection, where Arthur Slenk has created wall coverings in collage work. Even at a tender age, when he was still a small child, the Dutch collage artist was tearing up magazines and sticking brightly coloured pictures into his notebooks. Much later, when he was adult and was once again pursuing his passion for creating something big from tiny bits of paper, Slenk found two boxes full of sheet music by the roadside next to the domestic refuse. This unexpected bounty came from a lay orchestra and dated from 1872 to 1941; it had not seen the light of day for half a century. The paper, which had “been around a bit”, with its dog ears, creases and ink stains exercised an uncanny fascination for Arthur Slenk. The results of his painstaking work can be seen in the 144 collages in his book “Partituur” (“Score”). Arte have now chosen eight of these patterns for an extraordinary collection of wallpapers. To reproduce the subtle details of these fragile papers as faithfully as possible, the Belgian company introduced a new scanning technique. And with astounding results: every irregularity, every bit of shading are reflected in the copy. The non-woven wallpaper even survives the critical eye of the artist himself: “It was, in fact, a piece of work that required enormous patience and that is not something that one gives away easily. But my designs have been treated with respect and I am very pleased with the results.”

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Modern wallpapers by Erismann

Erismann set new standards for innovative, three dimensional designs with their selection entitled “One Seven Five”. Spectacular kinetic effects create transformational impressions, so that the generous, futuristic motifs make the walls simply – and literally – vibrant.

“Art straight from the heart” is Lars Contzen’s motto. From the pen of the artist now comes “Martrics” for A. S. Création:  bright, colourful and exemplary – with a suitable dollop of irony, which finds expression, in particular, in the photo series, which act as testimonials for his work and where Contzen  appears dressed in matching clothes.

Rita Breer

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