Where Art Meets Function

I have always been a little standoffish about wallpaper, most likely because I don’t particularly embrace pattern. And anyone who knows me will nod vigorously when I say I struggle with color. So the combination of color and pattern being applied in large swathes to a wall is something I avoid like the plague.

That’s the thing with handmade items. They still have the person’s mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone.
‚Äē¬†Aimee Bender

Now while I confess a bit of a crush on the subversive punk energy of¬†Timorous Beasties, most¬†of the wallpaper I‚Äôve seen of late toggles between trendy ‚Äúfun‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒthe design equivalent of Katy Perry, all extroversion and perkiness‚ÄĒor¬†is¬†a riff on William Morris and his earnest, if ever-so-slightly stodgy, gentility.

But the wallpaper patterns created by San Francisco-based elworthy studio are an exception. From the moody, earthy, muted palette, and patterns that evoke shadow, light, and texture, the feeling is calm, not frenetic, restrained yet sensual. There’s a refreshing grittiness and darkness to the work: a far, far cry from all that girly patterning so in vogue.

Source: handfulofsalt.com


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