Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Handmade Wallpaper

In my email this week: Handmade Wallpaper by Toronto-based designer Alex Stephan.

"Inspired by classical printmaking techniques such as woodcutting and lithography, We are using software to generate playful ornaments. As printing technique we prefer silkscreen printing over inkjet printers, but sometimes we need to use a digital printer to reproduce the level of detail in the designs.

Simplicity in color and fine contrasted parallel lines and high level of detail are our primary goals. Our main inspirations are the printmaker M.C. Escher, as well as Islamic patterns and the underlying science on how elements are ordered on a microscopic level. But some of the designs are less scientific but rather playful and a bit surreal.

Designed to decrease the hassle of maching up patterns and repeats, these wallpaper are easy to hang, since the strip repeats are random for some patterns and very flexible for the others."


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