For Your Walls: Asterisk Designs & De Gournay

For Your Walls: Asterisk Designs & De Gournay

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 18, 2007

Here are two papers that add color and texture to your wall surfaces without looking too wallpaper-y:

Asterisk Designs is a Brooklyn-based artisan studio that has created a Venetian plaster wallpaper. This flexible new take on an old technique lets you install your own plaster that comes on pre-made rolls in eight designs...

The patterns and colors are fresh and modern - a departure from your typical Venetian plaster finishes. The plaster finish is silkscreened and built-up on a backing that allows you to purchase the finish in rolls and install it just like the wallpaper it is! Asterisk also does custom Venetian plastering and has a line of printed linens.

De Gournay manufactures elaborate hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpapers on pieced paper and silk. But they also have solid colors of pieced-together papers with a "sanded" finish in brilliant colors.

Strip away the heavy painted patterns/ scenes and this textural piecing together of rich papers looks clean and vibrant. The price of the solid papers is relatively stripped down, too, at about $250 per 3'x10' panel. Wouldn't these papers be nice in a pared-down space that lets their color and texture take center stage?

- Regina Y.

(Re-Edited 07-09-18-JR)

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