Pattern Pros: Inspiring Wallpaper Designers

Pattern Pros: Inspiring Wallpaper Designers

Sarah Coffey
Apr 5, 2011

Wallpaper designers know pattern like no one else — the best ones have an uncanny ability to embrace repetition without being boring. Many of them draw from the natural world, where ordered but evolving patterns are everywhere. Here are 10 with an amazing eye for color and style.

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Churchill's patterns evoke the chintzy florals of the British "granny chic" aesthetic, but they're airier and more modern than some of the stuff you'll find at old-school design houses like Sanderson or Morris & Co. Shown: Wallpaper from the Calder Collection.

473d68458d1cc75207a0083fae2961b5febdf1e1. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Jocelyn Warner
This British designer uses the natural world as a starting point for her calm, meditative patterns. To order, you can buy online from their UK site - they ship directly to the US. She also has a line of fabrics available through Liberty of London. Shown: Poppy Wallpaper.

2b76e07079144c9baf836bcb0055dedb70c48824. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Julia Rothman
A RISD graduate, Julia Rothman lives and works in Brooklyn. Her wallpapers are screen-printed and manufactured in the US, and her work sells through Hygge and West, Wallpaper Collective, and other shops. Shown: Daydream Wallpaper.

cbc88b9cf7663fca7635dc4e74c30a3345a5df32. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Aimee Wilder
Based out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Aimee Wilder designs wallpaper that's different from anything else out there — her collection is a refreshing mix of robots, pigeons, and squirrels, all designed in a bright, graphic style that stands out. Shown: Analog Nights Wallpaper.

c6a81c36e16722c53ec1c3fb6b1716d20adcf6dd. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Christiane Lemieux of DwellStudio
DwellStudio has had a line of children's wallpaper for a while now, but this year they'll be branching out into more grown-up patterns. Not yet available, their new wallpaper line will be in stores this fall. Shown: Multi Dots Orange Wallpaper.

2550dbe01e3335c4bde0eb7618b2ee009504ade2. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Camilla Meijer
A Swede living now in London, Camilla Meijer has a line of shades, wallpaper and cushions. Her mission involves bringing the outside inside with design, and her floral patterns incorporate bright, saturated color. Shown: SummerGarden.

ae4482b308942c0a71dff86d7a9f7e59dd62ae56. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Judit Gueth
Based in Toronto, Judit Gueth designs wallpapers inspired by Chinoiserie, florals, and Art Nouveau styles. Her wallpapers contain no VOCs and 50 percent less synthetic fiber than traditional wallpaper. Shown: Koi Chinoiserie.

9463840e82dfcf427b4eed7fca991d30692c065f. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Suzy Hoodless
Suzy Hoodless is a British interior designer who spent 5 years as the Interiors Editor of Wallpaper magazine. She has a collection of hand-printed papers, as well as a line with UK company Osborne & Little. Shown: Arizona Wallpaper for Osborne & Little.

8efa9e79663feb4cbf18f6dc13517c74c71e8bc4. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Katja Behre of Elli Popp
Her patterns, which she describes as "neo-romantic," are a super-saturated, psychedelic update of classic motifs that have their roots in William Morris' leafy intricate patterns and 18th century Chinoiserie. Shown: A Bash or Do Wallpaper.

1b545706da8ddc420b14d5411a037d0a565e2548. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Jill Malek
Her prints are composed of naturally-occuring patterns like heartbeats, phases of the moon, and plant growth. The small-print wallpaper has a rhythmic quality, and the entire collection is based on the idea of "frequencies." Shown: Maidenhair Wallpaper.

Photo: Jane Churchill Wallpaper from the Calder Collection

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