Decoration element of course, the wallpaper becomes a subject of collection since it inspires contemporary designers and visual artists. For Côté Paris, it is at the foot of the wall that we judge the artist ...
Some fall asleep while counting the sheep, others look at the cows drawn by Warhol ... Indeed, the Pop pop art, genius of the jack-of-all, bent over the wall decor. He covered the walls of his New York gallery with printed documents to serve as a backdrop for his paintings and to reinforce their power. After the cattle, there was "Mao", sacred cow if there was one. The artist's wallpaper resurfaces in cycles.
During the 1920s, a flourishing period for the decorative arts, he inspired designers, Groult, Ruhlmann, Süe and Mare, but also painters such as Jean-Emile Laboureur, Marie Laurencin, Jean Lurçat ... We can cross their panels in the auctions organized three times a year by Olivier Coutau-Bégarie at Hôtel Drouot. They are also seen at the international fairs in Brussels, Maastricht, New York, at the chic stands of antique dealer Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz.
The wallpaper comes out of its torpor again
The white walls, we can not see them anymore in painting. Minimalist interiors weary. Place the expression. The A3P, an association for the Promotion of Wallpaper, contributes to this awakening, by launching a contest, the Wallpaperlab, which aims to bring together professionals - manufacturers, publishers, distributors - creators. This "laboratory of ideas" is in its fourth edition.
Each year, the prototypes of the winners are unveiled for six months at the Museum of Decorative Arts, hoping to see them marketed. This is how the duo Ich & Kar was noticed with "Day and night", a coating whose stripes change colors according to the time of day thanks to a phosphorescent ink. Magic! Everywhere, in Germany, Spain, France, Great Britain, designers, graphic designers and illustrators are working to renew the genre.
We do not know where to turn if the offer is varied. Here are trompe-l'oeil, numbers and letters, cartoons, abstract patterns. The papers are embroidered, enhanced with watercolor, embossed with Rhodoïd pellets ... Even the panoramic returns! This "boundless landscape" that fascinated the bourgeois in the nineteenth century resurfaced in a modern version, at the instigation of the company Domestic.Certes, it does not cover a whole room. Imaginative dress a single piece of wall, enliven the bottom of a bed, hang a le in the middle of a panel, like a Japanese kakemono, and change the scene as they change mood. They run these documents in the decoration shops, on the Web sites, in the art galleries.
For some plastic artists, printed paper is a derivative product among others. Takashi Murakami declines his florets, Damien Hirst his butterflies or pills. Through this medium, several artists express an idea. Those who castigate the consumer society find in the repetition of patterns, specific to the wall covering, a way of driving the nail. Frenchman Claude Closky puts out supermarket items; Paul McCarthy, an American, has a number of chocolate fathers on the background of a solid color, who would seem innocuous if they did not hold a sexual attribute in their hands.
The subject is far from being at the end of the roll. The Mudac, a museum in Lausanne, which was interested last year in contemporary wallpapers, brings together some sixty examples. Marco Costantini, a daring young curator, went so far as to paste works worth a small fortune into the walls. This is called applied art.
Addresses.The Collection. 33, rue de Poitou, 75004. Tel. 01 42 77 04 20. Think & more ... 108, rue Saint-Honoré, 75001. Tel. 01 40 26 18 51. On the Internet: domestic.fr and wallpapersbyartists.com.
"The A3P Wallpaperlab", until May 6th. Museum of Decorative Arts, 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001. Tel. 01 44 55 57 50.
"Facing the wall, contemporary wallpapers", Mudac / Pully museum.
01. The decor proposed by Domestic is negotiated 480 euros. Manufacture limited to 100 copies. 02. The "wallpaper with the dog", is produced by Wallpaper by artists in limited edition: 70 euros the roll. 03 and 04. The wallpapers of Claude Closky, distributed by FR 66 (25, rue du Renard, 75004) are sold 80 euros le. 05. Printed by Wallpapers by artists, a roll of ten meters is worth 80 euros. Limited edition of 226 rolls. 07. For a panel adorned with a sequins gold dress Tracy Kendall, provide 298 euros. 08. Because the design is complex and many passages of color are necessary for printing, the decor "Grand Blotch Damask" is 472 euros per roll. 09. A roll of "London" costs 110 euros.