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April 28, 2016
Calico Wallpaper founders Nick and Rachel Cope showed us through their home in our March Issue, now step inside their studio.
The founders of Calico Wallpaper at their studio

“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. 

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Samples at the Calico Wallpaper 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. 

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Details of the Calico collection.

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. 

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Modern Red Hook Brooklyn Apartment with Calico Wallpaper silver, gold Wabi River in the living area and Farrah Sit daybed, Shibori Pillows, Rebecca Atwood, Fort Standard Coffee Table and Apparatus incense burner

Here is the wallpaper installed at the Copes home in Brooklyn

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Modern Red Hook Brooklyn Apartment with Calico Wallpaper framed swatch in office

An original print hangs over a desk in the loft as well. 

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Calico Wallpaper studio

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.  

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Calico Wallpaper studio

Designers can enjoy a coffee break on the sofa. It certainly beats gathering around the water cooler. 

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The founders of Calico Wallpaper at their studio

“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. 

Photo by Lauren Coleman.

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