August 4th, 2012 No Comments

Trove Wallpaper, by Jee Levin and Randall Buck

Trove, founded in 2006, has risen quickly with many awards under their belt already as well as two patterns being included in the permanent collection at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Trove pushes the limits of scale and repeat with most patterns 12 feet high and 3-6 feet across. They mix traditionally recognized design elements with non-traditional application and eco-friendly materials.

One of their newest patterns is called “August” (featured above). As part of Trove’s science inspired Spring 2012 Collection, the August pattern portrays past queens from Denmark, Japan, Romania, Italy, Greece, Prussia and India. Though the queens have their reigning place in history, what remains is their title or crown, reduced here to a visual status. Over time, they have lost their individual identities and what were significant annotations regarding their influence on the chain of events which is now inherent to our current societies.

Trove designers, Levin and Buck have been inspired by artists such as Wim Wenders, Gerhard Richter, and now Cindy Sherman.  For August, Trove  references the work of Cindy Sherman who also explores identity through the use of photography.  The pattern August is created exclusively from photography, following in the footsteps of Trove’s iconic Fuoco pattern. (featured below)

These are impressive papers and patterns- explore their site and you’ll be inspired!