Fromental, the London based designers of bespoke wallpapers don’t shy away from a challenge, be it technical or design related. Founded in 2005, Fromental’s mission is to create the world’s most beautiful wallpapers. No small feat when confronted with some pretty tough competition especially in the UK, but they do have a trick or two up their sleeves that make them a very serious contender in the battle for world wallpaper domination.
Having worked in fashion and interiors, directors Tim Butcher and Lizzie Deshayes have twenty years experience in designing, producing and restoring hand-made wallpapers. Combining the highest levels of workmanship with luxurious fabrics the team create wallpapers on lacquered, metallic or fresco-ed backgrounds with painted or embroidered designs and just a touch of wit, without which they just wouldn’t be British now would they?
Fromental pioneered the use of embroidery in wallpapers, applying skills honed over hundreds of years in Jiangsu province to a new medium as they work with over 900 silk thread colours to add just a few embellishments to painted wallpaper, or to embroider the whole design. The sewing in a single fully-embroidered chinoiserie panel can take 3 months to complete.
Technical excellence aside, what we love about these designs is that they lend a lightness to a space, much like chinoiserie has always done, except here the patterns can transcend style preferences and be equally appealing in minimalist modern and classically traditional interiors.
So whether the project calls for classic birds and blossom chinoiserie painted on silk as in this “Panama” design
Or the whimsical yet modernist interpretation of a classical willow design in “Lullaby”
Or an amazingly textural masterpiece like Prunus, where the tree is first drawn in freehand, calligraphy style and further details are added in metallic accent colours, with touches of embroidery added. At a rate £340 per square metre for this pattern, an otherwise minimalist interior seems to be a pretty good idea. But when the look is this stunning, it’s ok to let the walls do the talking.