Cavern hits the Netherlands

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We just sold some rolls of wallpaper to our first client in the Netherlands.  Arnhem to be exact.  Once again, loving that global village.

Today Arnhem, tomorrow….

Enjoy the long weekend!

Everything’s Coming Up Patterns

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New York Magazine recently covered patterns in their Fall Fashion Preview.

Whether its wallpaper, fabric, or any other medium, we support the pattern revival!

Restaurant Wallpaper

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A restaurant’s choice to wallpaper can be its single most effective design decision for two reasons.  First, restaurants and stores must quickly establish a design identity that is felt and understood the instant anyone walks in the door.  Especially for street-side establishments (such as this one), wallpaper effectively separates the interior space from its surroundings by presenting large swaths of color and pattern.

Secondly, restaurant wallpaper gives patrons a comforting sense of establishment, permanence. People like regular destinations- places to return to and share with friends.  Like a menu that changes by the season but always maintains its trademark dishes, wallpapered walls suggest a long-term commitment, as if to say, “this place is here to stay.  Get comfortable.  Enjoy yourself.”

Wallpaper History :: When Wallpaper Broke Out of it Shell

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I’m kicking this week off with Warhol’s famous 1966 “Cow” wallpaper.  More than any other wallpaper artist, Warhol proved that wallcoverings can be fun, young, dramatic, hilarious, absurd, irreverant, insane.  Warhol also blurred the distinction between fine art and wallpaper — one of my ongoing interests.

Alternative Uses for Wallpaper

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In my ongoing exploration of alternative uses for wallpaper (and what to do with wallpaper scraps, if you have them), I will suggest framing a section of the paper on its own.  Although the repeat effect will be lost, many wallpapers look great in smaller pieces — especially if its colors are bold and the composition dynamic.  (Cavern patterns are perfect.)  Framing wallpaper also works well for renters.

Happy wallpapering!

Mysterious Photo

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Someone sent in this beautiful installation shot, and I didn’t recognize the person’s name.  Turns out, this was a photo shot by Domino Magazine — it never made it to print!  RIP Domino.  I still miss it.

Wallpaper History :: The Omega Group

I just discovered the Courtauld Gallery is currently running an exhibit on the Omega Workshops, one of the most intriguing groups of artists in the 20th Century — or at least one of the most memorable from art history classes.

The Omega Workshop was a for-profit art collective founded in London in 1913 to connect avaunt-guard artists with a design-savvy market. The artists and mediums they worked in differed, but the products all shared a distinct bold style defined by vivid colors, graphic compositions, and a hand-made quality.  Critics now consider the movement a defining development in modern art.  I am particularly inspired by the way the workshop blurred the distinction between interior design, architecture, and fine art.

In several weeks Cavern will launch our new collection.  We stand on the shoulders of (crazy, bad-ass, artistic) giants!

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Rock-a-bye Blackbird (Part 2)

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I don’t think of “Blackbird” as a children’s wallpaper, but I guess there is something wonderfully innocent about the birds perched atop tree limbs.  Here is another nursery (courtesy of DucDuc) that features the paper.  Looks great!

Wallpaper at its Best

These are some of the best installation shots I have ever seen.  I love how the paper is used in a unique space.  I love how the trees out the window add to the forest feel.  And with my ongoing interest in all the things you can do with wallpaper scraps, I love how the leftovers were used on the cabinets.  Brilliant!

And thanks for the pictures, Penny!

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Wallpaper for a Cause :: Casa de Milagros

I just got a request for our “Casa de Milagros” wallpaper and realized it has been one year since we launched the project.  For anyone not familiar with it, designer Carly Margolis spent time at the Casa de Milagros (“House of Miracles”) orphanage in Peru.  She brought art supplies with her, and brought home drawings the children made.  She then scanned and patterned the designs into a wallpaper pattern, which we sell for proceeds.

Here are some pictures of the project.  I’m so happy we’re still making these sales a year later!

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