“We draw inspiration from artists like James Turrell or Donald Judd, who understand color and form in an advanced way. Or even Raf Simons. We're definitely pulling inspiration from various mediums.” founder Nick Cope says. The couple reviews materials in the Brooklyn-based studio.
The Calico collection was the first to be produced by the couple. At the very beginning the couple experimented with styles of marbling by researching traditional techniques from various countries such as Turkey, Japan and England. After determining the best three, the Calico collection was ready for production.
The design was created using a mixture of water and gelatin with algae materials. Pigment is then placed on top of the surface. It’s critical that the pigment doesn’t sink to the bottom of the gelatin bath since the next step involves pressing coated papers against the pattern. The result is a print of the marbled texture. The original prints are cut up, uploaded, and then reconfigured digitally. Installing the wallpaper is done with panels that are double-cut and connected to create a seamless effect.
Here is the wallpaper installed at the Copes home in Brooklyn.
An original print hangs over a desk in the loft as well.
So what music do designers listen to when work? “It depends who's in charge of the Sonos device that day,” Nick says. While his preference tends to be towards Chopin or Max Richter, it’s not uncommon for hip-hop or 80s music to fill up the studio.
Designers can enjoy a coffee break on the sofa. It certainly beats gathering around the water cooler.