Dutch Design Week 2015. In Eindohven, wallpaper brand NLXL introduce the Materials collection by Piet Hein Eek. The new series comprises contemporary designs resembling wood, marble and bricks.
The collection is inspired by architecture materials and creates a trompe l’oeil effect. Indeed, despite the three-dimensional effect all designs are printed on a flat surface. Materials comprises black and white marble, black and silver brick but also burnt and blue painted woodplank. The series will be completed by other two design that will be unveiled soon.
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The imagery for the black and white marble wallpaper was scanned from the floor of an old building in Amsterdam. “A lot of companies have made marble reproduction products, but never in the way we envisioned it. So we decided to give it a try” says Piet Hein Eek.
“When they cut marble they cut slabs of stone, if you take two consecutive slabs and flip them you get a mirror image. So there’s one roll of marble wallpaper, another roll that’s the mirror image of it, and in marble they call this an open book. It becomes almost a kind of graphical illustration” Says Eek.
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Also in the new collection: a blue Scrapwood wallpaper and simple brick. “People ask me for a blue wallpaper all the time, so when these blue planks came in at the workshop I knew we had to do it. In my factory in the Netherlands we have a lot of brick walls. Not the nice New York exposed brick kind, but the ugly kind. We decided to simply paint them black. I think this will look fantastic in any space”.
Rick Vintage, Creative Director NLXL: “This new collection emphasizes our traditional way of working together with Piet Hein Eek. We have reproduced everyday materials, like stone, wood and marble.
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