Marcel Wanders


Regal qualities and luxurious finish: the Illusions wallpaper collection for Graham & Brown!


These bold organic, geometric and typographic patterns exhibit stunning, regal qualities with a luxurious finish. Extravagant yet delicate, the ten patterns are grouped into five different categories.

'Heart's Tulip' and 'Wallflower' are geometrical wall tiles with floral accents, in which the lotus flower is rendered to give the appearance of a three dimensional tiled wall. The rhythmic 'Heart & Tulip' pattern in particular resembles a carved wooden surface, and comes in an ebony, ash, birch and walnut version.

In 'Dreams Come True' and 'Petit Pappillon' embossing techniques are applied to the patterns. The former is a calligraphic pattern reading Marcel Wanders' mission statement: "Here to create an environment of love, live with passion & make our most exciting dreams come true". 'Petit Papilon' is also deeply personal as the dense botanical pattern shows delicate butterflies, in a direct reference to Marcel Wanders' recent career benchmark exhibition 'Pinned Up 25 Years of Design' at the Stedelijk in Amsterdam.

A third group of patterns, 'World Heritage', available in black, blue and gold, is reminiscent of Victorian designs. The Bowler hat, the fountain pen and the playing cards' suits give it a British twist.

The flocking technique is visible in two patterns of the collection; 'Braille Chester', a diamond pattern in which depth and the illusion of light and shadow is achieved through a pixelated surface, and Forest Muse, a floral damask in which the optical illusion is reinforced by hidden winged fairies.

Finally, the subtle 'Maestro Stripe' and 'Shimmer' patterns make them the perfect complementary solutions for versatile home styling. 

Marcel Wanders on the 'Illusions' wallpaper collection for Graham & Brown: "I am proud of the collaboration with Graham & Brown as we share the same passion for statement wallpaper designs. The Illusions collection is an expression of an invigorating festivity, fantasy and sensuality I seek in my work. With this collection I wish to trigger people's imagination and turn surface wallpaper into a more 3 dimensional experience." 

Available online from September 17th.

Experience at the London Design Festival:
Superbrands London
17-21 September
Graham & Brown, Stand 19
Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR


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