Yesterday I posted about the rich history of trompe l'oeil, and this artistic trick is just as popular today. Of course, painting trompe l'oeil designs on walls and floors appears to be the most popular application. For example, some people choose to paint mouldings on a wall to give the illusion of architectural features that in reality are not there. But trompe l'oeil painting is only the tip of the iceberg. There are trompe l'oeil prints on fabrics and wallpaper, and trompe l'oeil ceramics have long been popular with collectors. Here are a few examples of creative uses of trompe l'oeil.
Trompe l'oeil painted headboard (Domino 3/06; photo by Paul Costello)
Trompe l'oeil chair in a Philadelphia home (Cookie magazine)
Closeup of "Bibliotheque" wallpaper from Brunschwig & Fils. This trompe l'oeil print of a library of books was designed by famed trompe l'oeil artist (and decorator) Richard Neas.
"Le Temple des Grec" wallpaper by Studio Printworks. This print has the appearance of a wall built of blocks.
1960s Trompe l'oeil screen by Daniel Greene, available at Benjamin Storck Ltd.
Trompe l'oeil tableaux cloths by Los Angeles designer Mark Cutler
Italian ceramic bowl of Barlotti beans from Gump's
Image at top: Charming trompe l'oeil vignette at Hollyhock. The walls were painted by Paulin Paris.