Bold Decisions

  • Amanda Millin

Known for its wall coverings inspired by such diverse influences as 20th-century architecture, bark, and skins, the Belgium-based manufacturer Arte launched four new and eclectic collections this spring. Designs in the line called Manakin are made of vinyl and have a sheen like a silk scarf’s. The Monsoon line, also in vinyl, was inspired by tropical rain forests and consists of botanical designs as well as soft mosaics and a linear pattern in neutral hues. The remaining two collections, Flamant les Minéraux and Le Corbusier, are made of a nonwoven material that combines breathable natural and synthetic fibers and are ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. Flamant les Minéraux was created in conjunction with Belgian home accessories brand Flamant and incorporates real sandstone to create a brushed chalk painted effect that is available in a range of soothing earthy shades. Le Corbusier, on the other hand, is a textured wall covering in five different patterns and 13 plain tints that are inspired by the namesake architect’s Polychromie Architecturale—two compilations of color chords that Le Corbusier created in 1931 and 1959. In total, there are 20 new designs in dozens of colorways, priced from $60 to $400 per linear yard. (www.arte-international.com)

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