Since the dawn of mankind, humans have expressed their creativity by decorating their dwellings to individualise them. Back in the Stone Age, our ancestors’ cave paintings started a trend that crossed the centuries. Obviously, wall design underwent huge transformation over time, the material used and the methods applied evolved until wallpaper reached its maturity.
The use of wallpaper has seen ups and downs over the last century, from being a staple of most households to being almost completely abandoned for a few decades, as a thirst for minimalism swept western societies.
Nowadays wallpaper has seen a renaissance: technological evolution has delivered new materials that offer more variety in both design and use and made it much easier to apply and replace without having to undergo complex procedures.
Its use has also evolved over time, as no longer we seek to wallpaper all four walls of a space, choosing instead to highlight one of them with a unique pattern. Combining a feature wall with matching furniture has become a staple of modern interior design solutions, a relatively inexpensive trick that produces striking results.
What used to be just a mundane and practical way to cover wall imperfections and provide warmth has evolved and become a fashion accessory, a statement of the owner’s sensibility and individuality.
No longer confined to home improvement and DIY stores, wallpaper is now considered an essential tool in interior design for both homes, offices and retail spaces. Fashion houses and designers have taken notice and realised they could apply their craft and artistry to this new field. Design wallpaper has become a significant trend, with both international artists and established entering this market with very interesting statements.
An established couture house like Versace has for example brought their luxurious trademark glamour to the wallpapering world with wall coverings that embrace the Neo-Baroque aesthetic. The House of Versace, already famous for their daring and provocative fashion and home accessories, offers nowadays a range of wallpaper models that allow interior designers to create environments of sheer luxury and opulence.
Besides established couture houses, the last two decades have seen the flourishing of a number of new and young designers that focus their attention predominantly in this segment. Amongst them, the Dutch artists Piet Boon and Piet Hein Eek, who apply their artistry to create wall covers that are characterised by their unusual non-repetitiveness, using tiles, individual planks of wood and other materials for this goal.
Technological evolution is proceeding at a faster and faster pace and it is difficult what the future will bring us. Whether it will be holographic wall coverings or surfaces that react to our mood or the time of the day one thing is sure, the ability to express our own individual taste have never being better.