Four years ago we were invited by Sarah Strauss, Architect and Professor at Pratt Institute School of Art & Design in Brooklyn, NY, to critique her student’s wallpaper projects, along with our artist friend, Jessica Jane Russell. Strauss had challenged her students to think about wallpaper in an entirely new way, as they created a repeat pattern that was also an interactive exploration in 3D.
We were immediately taken by Strauss’ concept and the incredible possibilities of the 3D medium. As we returned twice per year, since 2011, to critique and mentor the students – encouraging them to push the design limits of pattern repetition and dimension – we became increasingly excited by the idea of making these 3D wallpaper projects a reality.
Working with Sarah Strauss, we curated the best of the designs from the last four years and are thrilled to now bring them to life with the DEEP collection, in collaboration with Pratt Institute. DEEP 3D wallpaper will be available for purchase directly through twenty2.net. The patterns are made to order, digitally printed in the USA on clay-coated paper with eco-friendly, water-based inks.
The collection of five patterns will be debuting at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair May 16-19, 2015.
DEEP frays the boundary between surface and sculptural space. Complete with vivid layers that engage the eye over multiple planes, these 3D wallpapers explore new techniques that manipulate surface at the scale of the body, the wall, and the room. What’s more, they can be appreciated with or without 3D glasses, providing the viewer with various pattern perspectives and ways of engagement.
“3D Wallpaper takes something very familiar and asks it to behave differently,” said Sarah Strauss. “By using wallpaper to make space out of flatness, we are creating a new interactive experience for the interior.”