With these new wall coverings, which range from handcrafted tiles made from centuries-old techniques to handpainted wallpapers that demand to be displayed, there is no need for additional artwork.
The San Francisco–based tile maker Fireclay launched its latest collection, Handpainted, in June, and it comprises three distinct categories: Contemporary, Mediterranean, and Moroccan (all $30 to $40 per piece). Handcrafted from recycled clay, these new tiles feature a raised glaze finish made with the centuries-old Spanish cuerda seca technique. The eight patterns in the Contemporary collection utilize linear, geometric motifs in a neutral palette of beige, gray, and white. Inspired by the lively patterns found in Persian Safavid rugs, the 13 designs in the Moroccan line utilize earthy brown, deep crimson, and turquoise. With 33 different motifs, the Mediterranean line is the largest of the three and its floral-like patterns blossom with bright combinations of sea green, blue, gold, and crisp white. Tiles are available in sizes of 6 inches by 12 inches or 8 inches by 8 inches. (www.fireclaytile.com)
The Chicago-based surface-material manufacturer Maya Romanoff, founded in 1969 by the late American artist and designer Richard “Maya” Romanoff, will launch a line called Indigo Collection this fall. Honoring the designer who passed away earlier this year, the new limited-edition series of wall coverings will reimagine three of his classic designs—Anniversary Crystal, Weathered Metals, and River Bed—each in varying shades of blue. All three designs are handcrafted and handpainted and cost $75 to $200 per yard. The Anniversary Crystal designs employ cool tones in tie-dye, watercolor, and marble motifs. The Weathered Metals designs feature metallic pigments, which are handpainted on paper in an asymmetrical pattern. Similarly, for the River Bed designs, Maya Romanoff artisans handpaint metallic pigments on a dimensional paper, resulting in a wall covering that resembles petrified birch bark. (www.mayaromanoff.com)
At more than 100 years old, Margraf is well known for its creations in marble, most recently creating interiors for the new Brookfield Place in New York, Terminal 3 at the Beijing airport, and the Four Seasons Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Italian firm also recently launched Special Finishes for Interiors—five collections of earth-toned marble tiles. Both the Velvet Collection and Mille Righe are marked with tight grooves, producing a natural accordion-like texture, while the Spaggia collection features a wavy texture. The Chianca tiles, which resemble terra-cotta, are hand-processed and distressed, appearing perfectly aged. The remaining design, Mille Quadri, features tiny, raised squares. Pricing is available upon request, and sizes range from 1 by 1 inch to 1 by 2 feet. The tiles can be applied to walls or floors. (www.margraf.it)