Paint & Paper Library was established in London over 20 years ago: its paints provide inspiration, colour expertise and design ideas for interior decorators, architects, specifiers and discerning homeowners worldwide. The company’s recently revised portfolio has now been extended to include a stunning wallpaper collection. A mixture of traditional and digital prints, the ‘Tresco Collection’ will be launched at Decorex in September 2017.
Paint & Paper Library commissioned artist Hugo Dalton to design eight wallpapers. A firm believer in drawing directly from life, Hugo’s unique ‘line’ gives each artwork an innate charm and integrity. He is best known for his wall paintings, which have been exhibited in art museums and private residencies worldwide and, indirectly, this is how the collaboration came about. Hugo explains:
“For my wall paintings, I need to use the highest-grade colours available. Once I discovered Paint & Paper Library, a relationship began that has now developed into the Tresco Collection of wallpapers.”
The collection combines Paint & Paper Library’s famed palette of Architectural and Original Colours, which have been combined into designs made by Hugo during his time spent on Tresco, a unique private island in the Isles of Scilly. He explains:
“This archipelago has been a place of joy and inspiration throughout my career. The clarity and calm of the Island has guided the creation of each individual wallpaper.”
ABBEY GARDENS: Digitally-printed, this contemporary interpretation of a toile depicts views within the eponymous Abbey Gardens. Hugo laid out his watercolour sketches on the shell-strewn walkways of the gardens, and this random arrangement of the designs drying in the sunshine is replicated in the wallpaper.
AEONIUM: an all-over monochrome motif, depicting the silhouettes of subtropical aeonium. Walls in Abbey Gardens are covered in this wonderfully symmetrical plant and Hugo’s precise drawing invokes the texture of these living enclosures.
ALOE WALK: a dramatic, digitally-printed mural depicting exotic agapanthus and aloe vera. The sense of scale mirrors the expansive dimensions of the plants in Abbey Gardens, and the elegant motif invokes the experience of walking along one of the verdant garden terraces.
ARCHIPELAGO: contemporary, abstract island silhouettes surrounded by calm, gently rippling water. Hugo uses illusion and reflection to create a design that extends the feeling of lateral space in any interior.
BUDS: an all-over motif depicting small protea buds in a palette of sophisticated colours. Full of promise and optimism, the arrangement of the chalice-shaped flowers is reminiscent of Grecian wall painting.
CHART: a digitally-printed mural, that, on closer inspection, depicts the lines found on nautical charts. The motif has been inspired by one of the antique charts found in the Tresco home of the Dorrien-Smith family.
LIGHTHOUSE PALM: a large motif in two subtle colours, depicting the Butia Palm’s iconic shape in Hugo’s signature flowing lines.
PROTEA TRAIL: a repeating trail with the impression of a ‘loose stripe’, featuring protea and butterflies against a plain ground. Like an island, these trails contain a complete ecosystem of inhabitants.
Ruth Mottershead, Marketing Director of Paint & Paper Library, is delighted with the collection:
“Having successfully relaunched the brand last year with a revised palette of paint colours, it felt as though the natural next step was to explore the idea of a wallpaper collection. Hugo was already a devotee of our paint so it seemed a perfect symmetry to commission him to create designs that would not only be works of art in themselves but also translate well to wall coverings and to interiors. It has been an enlightening and enjoyable process, watching his line drawings evolve into wallpapers, and I am delighted with the result – truly art for walls!”
The Tresco Collection’s eight papers come in a diverse range of attractive and highly useable colours, each of which is derived from an actual paint shade within the Paint & Paper Library portfolio. Judiciously selected by the Studio at Paint & Paper Library, hues range from dramatic and moody to serene and gentle, and include best-sellers such as Blue Blood, Squid Ink, Gamboge, Temple and Perse Grey, as well as combinations of the five permutations of Cotton and Ice. Beautifully presented in a highly covetable wallpaper compendium, each paper is accompanied by a selection of three coordinating or complementary paints.
The Tresco Collection will be available from selected Stockists nationally from October 2017.