Sister Cities and Twin Towns are voluntary alliances that promote better cross-cultural understanding on multiple leveles: from diplomatic and economic purposes to artistic and historic interaction. Grow House Grow, a New York based wallpaper project sprung from Katie Deedy eclectic panache, plays with the concept of sister cityhood and presents a playful collection that mesh graphically the styles and identities of six cultural epicenters of the XXI century: Marseilles-Marrakesh, Stockholm-La Paz and Chicago-Mexico City.
Masreille-Marrakesh.Gazing at a map, the distance between France and Morocco appears to be little more than a hop-skip over Spain. Grow House Grow went beyond apparent differences and found a graphic common ground with a pattern that combines Provence’s symbolic cigale (cicada) with Morocco’s intricate, centuries-old tile work.
Stockholm-La Paz. When we think about Stockholm, classic and simple Scandinavian design comes to mind. When we think about La Paz, we think stunning hills, cliffs, and mountains. “Though we could write volumes on all the wonderful things that make these cities noteworthy, we’ll kept it simple: quiet little peaks on a clean background incorporate Stockholm’s sparse design aesthetic with the lofty landscape of La Paz” comment Katie Deedy.
Chicago-Mexico City. The focus of US-Mexican relations is often about differences rather the a shared history. It should come as no surprise that these cultures and traditions mirror each other more with each passing day. The Chicago-Mexico City wallpaper combines linear, Midwestern Prairie School with geometric Aztec pattern work.
Grow House Grow by Katie Deedy specializes in narrative-inspired wallpaper design. “From personal histories and architectural details, to souvenirs and heirlooms, it’s important to fill our living spaces with things that create an environment that is both personal and universal” Comment illustrator and designer Katie Deedy.
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