Thursday, May 08, 2014
The other day, I overheard someone declare that wallpaper is coming back. Coming back from where? Ever since I was a child, I have loved wallpaper, and that love has yet to wane. In fact, one of my frustrations in life is that my apartment doesn't have enough rooms for me to paper. I guess that there could be worse frustrations to have.
Lucky for me, then, that a random internet search led me to the website of Atelier d'Offard, where I proceeded to spend upwards of an hour looking at all of their glorious papers. Atelier d'Offard is a French firm that is based in Tours and led by François-Xavier Richard, who is a painter, sculptor, and engraver. And, if I am comprehending the French text correctly, it seems that many of their designs are based on historic papers, while others are original designs. One of their designs is the weird yet wonderful monkey and cotton print, which you can see above. (I have seen plenty of cotton in my day and a few monkeys, too, but never together.)
I curated some of my favorite prints from the site, which you can see below, but if you have time to kill, do visit their website to see the entire collection.