Sidewall, Aurora Ray, 2014
This is a sidewall. It was designed by Calico Wallpaper. It is dated 2014 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is digital print on linen-textured vinyl. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.
Cooper Hewitt has received a gift offer of two designs by Calico Wallpaper which includes Wabi and Aurora. Wabi is a large-scale, non-repeating marbled pattern, and Aurora contains a subtle color change from gray to orange. Each paper is a mix of new technology and traditional craft, being a digital print of a handmade original.
To create the original marbled paper for Wabi the designers studied ancient marbling arts developed in Japan and Turkey which both involved floating a pigment on a water bath. Drawing elements from each of these techniques Calico created something uniquely different. The designs are created using mineral pigment-based paints which are floated over a methocellulose (seaweed-based) bath. The floating pigments are then manipulated to achieve the desired marbled effect. Working with the Dieu Donné paper workshop in New York City, they created large 40x60 inch sheets of cotton fiber paper which are carefully laid over the surface of the bath. The paper is coated in alum so that the marbleized patterns are ‘fixed’ to the paper surface. The paper is then cleaned and cold-pressed to dry.
To produce the Wabi wallpaper from the handmade original the marbled 40x60 inch sheets are divided into sixteen quadrants and each section is then captured with hi-res digital photography. The quadrants are then rejoined in Photoshop and enlarged to create a continuous non-repeating marbled “landscape.” The digital printing allows the papers to be scaled to fit the desired wall, and also allows the design to be printed on paper stock that meets safety codes for both residential and commercial buildings.
The studio’s technique for producing the Aurora ombré paper was developed after researching the arts of fabric dying. To create the ombré effect organic linen is painted or dipped with a liquid containing a suspension of organic mineral pigments such as ultramarine and indigo. After the fabric dries similar photographic and printing techniques are used to create the wallpaper panels from the dyed linen original.
Calico Wallpaper is a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Rachel Mosler and Nick Cope in 2013. Mosler is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited her artwork in galleries in New York, Philadelphia and Paris. Cope is an interior designer by trade and owner of the design/build firm Dark Green that produces projects in the luxury residential interiors market and has collaborated on custom commercial projects that include Opening Ceremony and Paul Smith.
The Calico wallpapers would be a good addition to the collection because of their mix of ancient craft techniques and state-of-the-art digital technology. They would increase the number of craft-based wallpapers in the collection, of which three are currently on view in Making Design. Calico is a young design studio and the addition of these papers would add to the collection of contemporary American wallpapers.
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It is credited
Gift of Calico Wallpaper.
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Its dimensions are
L x W: 243.8 × 132.1 cm (8 ft. × 52 in.)
Cite this object as
Sidewall, Aurora Ray, 2014; Designed by Calico Wallpaper ; digital print on linen-textured vinyl; L x W: 243.8 × 132.1 cm (8 ft. × 52 in.); Gift of Calico Wallpaper; 2015-24-2