Featuring site-specific gradients by Calico Wallpaper, interiors and lighting by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, and ceramics by Mud Australia , Still / Life will invite guests to experience a moment of introspection and interaction.
The installation features a series of visual-sensory vignettes weaving natural materials with original design works by the exhibitors and their creative processes.
Visitors will be transported to an environment rich with natural and creative energy – their senses engaged by sounds, scents, and visuals that elicit a rejuvenating sense of tranquility and inspiration.
For the installation, Calico Wallpaper developed a site-specific custom colorway of their Aurora design, which will be integrated into the gallery’s focal wall, evoking a vast landscape that ushers visitors to a place of transcendence.
Often used in meditation rooms, Aurora immerses viewers in waves and washes of atmospheric color.
Drawing heavily from shibori and ombré fabric-dyeing techniques, the Aurora collection is rooted in the idea that color has a significant impact on how you feel within a space.
Creative Director Rachel Cope was previously a practicing art therapist and brought her training in color therapy into the creation of the Aurora collection, which will be on view in Milan for the first time.
Muse by Faye Toogood
A new Calico Wallpaper collection with illustrations by Faye Toogood debuts in an installation celebrating the feminine in all its forms
Muse represents the second collaboration between Calico Wallpaper and Faye Toogood, both recognized for fusing the worlds of art and design.
Muse explores the endless diversity and variety of womankind, forming a painterly tableau of faces with a rich array of features, poses and expressions.
Based on an original hand-painted artwork by Toogood with sweeping brushstrokes, the collection is inspired by the concept of the female muse, with colorways that honor iconic women such as Marie Curie and Coco Chanel.
With a mutual interest in exploring the immersive, expressive nature of the collection, each illustration develops an individual character.
“ For Muse, I wanted to impart the notion of observing and sketching lines and forms of the face; to capture women in all of their diversity, their profiles, details of eyes, the chin and the cheek. No face is painted in detail, yet there is a distinctive character to each of them.” …………………. Faye Toogood.
For Muse, a section of the detailed artwork is set against distinctive background colors to create a series of six colorways.
Using Calico Wallpaper’s precise digital technology, the selection of artwork is transformed into a custom-fit mural.
As a result, each installation will be unique – further highlighting the collection’s celebration of individuality that is fundamental to the design.
Still / Life with Ladies & Gentlemen Studio and Mud Australia
The spatial concept for Still / Life was designed by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio founders Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, who envision a space that embraces a dual state of tranquility and vitality, revealing a calming yet enriching environment that opens the senses to elemental possibilities: a momentary day dream, a fond memory, or a chance conversation.
The installation will incorporate elements of process and materiality from the exhibitors as a means to celebrate their collective creative energy.
Embodying a handmade craft, alongside nature-inspired colors and shapes, Mud Australia will instill the space with timeless silhouettes, harmonious materiality and organic calmness.
Primarily showcasing a new series of matte porcelain objects in honor of the brand’s 25th anniversary, the presentation will include a subtle color palette of ink, sand, steel, citrus and milk.
Mud Australia’s exhibition interplays with light and shade to immerse visitors in an earthy aesthetic that highlights the brand’s minimalist collection of tableware and lighting while merging timeless design with functionality.
The studio will also incorporate their new lighting collection titled Myrna, a new collection that uses color, shape, and materiality to define intimate spaces through light.
Embracing the naturally sinuous qualities of sheet materials, Myrna expresses simple, sculptural gestures that add warmth and dimension to interior volumes.
A selection of glass and metal versions of the series will provide lighting for the Still / Life space.
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About Calico Wallpaper
Calico Wallpaper is a designer of bespoke wallpaper.
The company was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2013 by creative and life-partners Nick and Rachel Cope.
Their process combines artisanal methods from the decorative arts, such as traditional marbling and dip-dying techniques, with innovative digital technologies.
Calico Wallpaper works with a global roster of leading designers and architects.
In addition to residential and hospitality projects, Calico Wallpaper’s designs have been exhibited internationally at the London Design Festival (2015 and 2017), Salone del Mobile in Milan (2015 and 2017), and have garnered a place in the permanent collection at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.
About Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a multi-faceted design studio focused on exploration and play in design.
Through their thoughtful approach, the studio offers objects from lighting, furniture, and accessories to creative direction of spaces, products, and experiences – all aiming to inspire a sense of wonderment.
About Mud Australia
Mud Australia was founded in 1994.
The porcelain range, designed by Shelley Simpson, combines handmade processes, clean lines, colour palette & functionality.
The end result is a product that neatly intersects a minimalist aesthetic with an artisan finish.
Mud Australia’s porcelain happily fits in any interior, providing a timeless alternative to mass produced ceramic design.
About Faye Toogood
Faye Toogood is a British artist working in a diverse range of disciplines, from sculpture to furniture and fashion.
Her works have been acquired for the permanent collections of institutions worldwide, including Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg.
Faye has been exhibited at Phillips and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Triennale in Milan, and D Museum in Seoul.
She is represented by Friedman Benda in New York.