If you’re looking for a real statement wallpaper, and are a fan of bold, contemporary designs with a difference, then look no further than the first Eley Kishimoto wallpaper collection by design duo and pattern maestros Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto.
They launched the collection last autumn at Decorex 2014, and the colourful, playful, contemporary designs were one of my highlights of the show. Many of the twelve hand-screen printed designs are interpretations of some of their iconic designs of the last 22 years. The duo say:
“The new collection is the latest incarnation of a continually evolving design aesthetic; a re-working of seminal prints from the studio’s archive that unifies existing designs with both garments and walls, resulting in a visceral exploration of surface decoration.”
Playful geometrics include Light on Lattice, top picture, Sun Loving Bollards, above, and Venice, below.
More traditional motifs include a reworking of the classic damask pattern in La La Lyon, above, and the wonderful trompe oeuil Frills, below. I found it impossible not to reach out and touch it, to make sure it really wasn’t fabric, so lifelike are the printed ruffles.
Each design comes in four colourways, and the wallpapers are all screen printed by hand in the designers’ Brixton studio. I’ve written previously about the Eley Kishimoto design philosophy of “Print The World”. To which, with this wallpaper collection, they’ve added “a desire to create exquisite, handcrafted artefacts in a world of fast, digital production.” Mission successful, I’d say. These wallpapers have an artisanal quality that’s quite sublime.
I’ll leave you with one of my favourite designs from the collection, Vanity Cats, above, one of the animal-inspired prints. You can find the whole colourful beautiful collection at eleykishimoto.com and buy online there too. Good luck choosing your own favourite!