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The new romantics are alive and well in Britain – Claire Cole Wallpaper and Ceramics

Claire Cole Wallpaper

Arguably one of my favorite things to talk about is wallpaper which is funny because in my own designs it was probably my least used element. But I like the stories they tell, and how they can very quickly change the mood of a room. Wallpaper has secretly become the agent provocateur where surface artists can let creativity flow and edginess rules.

From skulls at Graham & Brown to the bold strokes of Tracy Hiner at Black Crow Studios to the geometric playfulness of Given Campbell, rules are made to be broken and that’s fine by me. And then there’s new romanticism and on the edge of that lives Claire Cole.

Claire Cole Wallpaper

A piece from her Collage collection most notably found at Ted Baker shops in London.

Claire Cole Wallpaper

Here’s a piece from her Garden collection. Claire uses fragments of hand-sourced vintage wallpapers with silks and leather; these are layered and intricately embroidered to create a range of different scenes, patterns and illustrations. Working with traditional wallpaper imagery such as florals and birds, Claire’s designs grow and creep across the walls. Romance with a definite edge.

Claire Cole Wallpaper

Wallpaper coat is actually designed as a piece of art rather than wallpaper, but then again in a way all her pieces are that.

Claire Cole tea cups

And if you’re still not convinced about the edginess of Claire’s work have a look at her teacups. Ceramics being just another medium she gently and romantically “punks” traditional patterns into something else. Has anyone seen Vivienne Westwood lately?

  • Adele Young

    I love these wallpapers! The designs really resonate with me on a personal level. That aside, I particularly love the added dimension of embroidered elements. How unique and creative!

  • http://www.9designinteriors.com Joanne Fairmont Yinger

    You do a fabulous job of finding and sharing wonderful, fresh, new wall covering. I’m doing an office project (for a financial advisor, no less) and have a paper to select for a bath. Yeah! I’ll be able to keep my eyes open for some of the new looks you have been sharing lately. Don’t ya love design?

  • http://leberpr.com carrie leber

    especially loving those ceramics – very interesting work


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