This year at ICFF, we came across several old favorites and new trends in the world of wallpaper. Trove debuted a brand new collection of ultra-thin wallcoverings made from stone(!), a few UK designers made their first appearances in New York, and we met up with a few of our favorite Brooklyn pattern designers who keep getting better.
- Trove: New York studio Trove debuted a new technological advancement at the show — StoneGround is a collection of waterproof, rip-resistant wall"papers" made from about 80 percent calcium carbonate (mineral powder) and 20 percent resin.
- Elli Popp: German-born, UK-based wallpaper designer Katja Behre makes digitally-printed wallpaper with collage-like motifs from strange birds to pin-up girls. Weird and wonderful, each small print pattern tells a story, and designs are highly customizable.
- Eskayel: Shanan Campanarom of Eskayel debuted a new collection of sophisticated blue and white patterns, much more muted than her usual designs. Inspired by Asian and African prints, the collection feels like it could easily fit in with modern or traditional decor.
- Aimee Wilder: A graduate of the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Aimee now lives and works in Brooklyn. Her designs don't take themselves too seriously — they're playful and fun, and this year's collection is totally in line with her distinctive catoonish style.
- Gina Pierce Design: A designer from the UK exhibiting for the first time this year at ICFF, Gina's work is an interesting mix of layered digital patterns that evoke peeling paint, antique maps, and old crumbling walls in Tuscany.
- Astek: This Los Angeles studio creates custom designs that feel young, fresh, and unique. Astek works a lot with celebrities and people in the film industry — they just completed a geometric black pattern for Ashton Kucher's new house.
- Flavor Paper: It's not lickable, just available in a lot of different "flavors." This Brooklyn-based studio makes hand-screened and digital wallpaper in mod, Victorian, and super-saturated styles, and it's always a pleasure to check out their new collections.
- Kimberly Lewis Home: Based out of Brooklyn, Kimberly designs light, airy wallpaper that combines mod geometric patterns with feminine colors. Everything is "hand- printed in the United States using environmentally friendly water-based ink and clay-coated paper."
- Tempaper: This peel-and-stick wallpaper company had a booth for the first time ever this year at ICFF. Their removable patterns are sold by the roll in 20.5 inch x 11 yard increments, and styles range from art nouveau to 1970s mod.
- Timorous Beasties: Glasgow designers Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons are the minds behind Timorous Beasties, a wallpaper brand that always delivers strange and romantic patterns that feel historic and contemporary at the same time.
Top Image: Nick Chacona and Shanan Campanarom of Eskayel with Rebecca Heidenberg of RH Gallery | Photo by Sarah Coffey