Arthur Slenk for NLXL Wallpaper

by Grace Bonney

As much as I love pattern, I really appreciate when a wallpaper can add not just pattern but texture to a wall. A sense of history, patina or other weather details always gives a room so much more dimension. These wallpapers from Dutch wallpaper company NLXL (who produced another great textured collection, Scrapwood by Piet Hein Eek in 2010) were designed by Arthur Slenk. Slenk’s designs for NLXL were inspired by a box of handwritten sheet music he discovered over twenty years ago. Enamored of the ages paper, its ink stains and the fingerprints, Slenk reconstructed the papers and NLXL scanned his reconstructed designs to create these wallpapers. I think the result is so wonderfully rich with age and history. It’s not for everyone (I know some people don’t love the look of age or wear on new things), but for a lover of history, paper and texture, these just might be the perfect wallcoverings. Click here to check out the images in more detail and here to see the collection at NLXL. xo, grace

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