West Coast Wallpaper


After several years, it seems like wallpaper is becoming less of an of-the-moment trend and more of a fixture in interior design. Today we have wallcovering news from both NoCal and SoCal.

I enjoyed meeting Cindy Weil, owner of Wallpaper Collective, at our 2011 CH+D Awards gala last night. She filled me in on her company, which recently relocated from New York to San Francisco, and offers an amazing collection of wallcoverings on a site that’s easy to use and fun to look at. This week, she introduced Scrapwood by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. It’s the first time the product has been available in the U.S.

I love the 3D look of this wall treatment, and it’s hard to believe at first glance it’s merely paper thin. It’s made by printing digital images of the scrap wood the designer uses to make furniture (hence the name) onto rolls of wallpaper. The result is a rustic treatment that’s less expensive to use ($199 per roll) and easier to find and install than actual recycled wood.

“I love the way that wallpaper can transform a room,” says Weil. “It’s the fast-track way to customization and expressing your personality.”

From Southern California, we have the work of Alix Soubiran of Los Angeles. Soubiran is a muralist for high-end interiors and just opened her wallpaper company Princes & Crows. She designs all of the papers herself, and she’s just released a line for children’s rooms, The Little Prince Collection, that’s delightfully whimsical. The collection’s designs include a circus motif, deep sea creatures and woodland scenes that have me wanting to redesign the nursery all over again.

Prices range from $135–$185. If you don’t have kids, check out Sourbiran’s more sophisticated designs, such as Bodrum Eyes.


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