The famous French Toile de Jouy was founded in 1760 by Christophe-Phillipe Oberkampf, produced near the Bievre River, close to Paris. The pastoral image was adored at the time by the French aristocracy and bourgeoisie. Besides the usual designs inspired by true stories, novels, or legends, the nature theme was often depicted with trees, flowers, and birds. This traditional wallpaper is an ode to nature; through this detailed pattern, natures intrinsic elements unfold, inhabiting and uniting different forms of life on the wall.
24"W x 108"H Panels. 24" Repeat.
When one is sleeping and in an interior pattern of interlocking circles, there is a re-ordering of the mind, suggested by the linear crossing of opposites and how they meet in the center. This wallpaper design, inspired by a northern Italian column in the medieval era, brings out the contrast and relation between full and empty space, and the combining of geometrical shapes, such as half circles, lozenges and crosses seen in Romanesque architecture, and that remind us of dream states, in which the relationship between inner and outer dimensions of time and space, change our perception of the world.
24"W x 108"H Panels. 12" Repeat
Alphonse de Lamartine- a French writer and poet, and one of the main figures of French Romanticism, once said: “We don’t have two hearts, one for animals and one for humans: we have one heart, or we don’t have any.”
In this classic animal wallpaper design, there is a human shape turning his back to us, as if he were viewing the design he is existing in, while interacting with the creatures he is observing. One of them is looking back at us, allowing us to reconsider our place amongst all sentient beings. We may imagine the human being in identity with that animal, with a human heart- transformed by his oneness with the creature.
54"W x 108"H Panels. 54" Repeat
Inspired by the French canvas fabric called Toile de Jouy, this wallpaper portrays an interpretation of Francisco Goya’s etchings describing Spanish 18 th century contemporary society through fictitious characters.The dreamscape is composed of imaginary figures on floating islands that induce a dream-like frame of mind. What would Goya think if he saw this vision of his work transposed to the wallpaper of a contemporary bedroom?
24"W x 108"H Panels. 24" Repeat
At times, the animal spirit within us wants to be dominant and our human identity wants to lose itself in that spirit. This urge can be seen in African rituals of transformation. By wearing the mask, the subject under its influence is initiated into the primal self, in which animal and human are one in a participation mystique that allows one to enter this magical realm, in which the secret of transformation is revealed.
In this ritual the creature can ward off evil by becoming the force that it fears. Here, within the immersion of the symbolic life that the mask represents and that we all have within us, we would become what we were and still have a secret desire to be: to return to the instinctual base that is threatened to extinction by the influence of a civilization that would drive it out of us: to be free to release the animal soul in a world that would destroy it. The design of this wallpaper is meant to remind us that we can return when we wish, and in the following moment become human again, knowing what we may have forgotten.
54"W x 108"H Panels. 54" Repeat
The griffin is a legendary creature with the tail and back legs of a lion, and the head and wings of an eagle. It appears in the art of Ancient Greece, Ancient Persia, and in Ancient Egyptian art, dating back to before 3000 BC. The griffin is often associated with divinities and local heroes, like Gilgamesh, Seth, Apollo, Dionysus, Eros, and Nemesis. The Achaemenid Persian empire considered the griffin “a protector from evil, witchcraft, and secret slander.”
In this wallpaper pattern, influenced by the traditional damask, this central figure represents the ancient mythical creature. Surrounding it there is a classic ornamental motif of what might appear to be threatening images of snakes, guns, and an enchanted rose that does not reveal whether it is poisonous or not. But the griffin exists as a protector of the viewer, and will discourage any intrusion of evil into your home.
24"W x 108"H Panels. 12" x 14.6" Repeat