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NYCxDESIGN 2015 Trends We Love: Terrestrial Textures

by Annie Werbler

While the physical strain of NYCxDESIGN has many longing for an early summer vacation, the following finds thrust that desire out of this world. Whether attempting to capture the impression that a wiry tree casts upon a small child, or to replicate slices of earthen materials in hallucinatory colors, or even to imagine looking down upon the atmosphere of another planet from our present perch, this year designers are translating their impressions of the universe at every scale. Walking the shows focuses attention on an endless display of exquisite, earthly items, but these inspired designs serve as a welcome reminder of the humble beauty inherent in our natural world. Feel free to share your favorite terrestrial textured finds in the comments! —Annie

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Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper debuted the new Willow line (named after the designers' daughter, and the tree), shown here in the Aquarius colorway, at ICFF.
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In collaboration with BCXSY, Calico Wallpaper created this large-scale mural called "Inverted Spaces" by colorizing NASA space imagery.
NYCxDESIGN 2015 Trends We Love: Terrestrial Textures, on Design*Sponge
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To launch the Print All Over Me HOME line at Sight Unseen OFFSITE, this installation (featuring Alex Proba, a future Life & Business column subject!), featured a daily rotation of large-scale, eye-catching patterns. Photo via Print All Over Me.
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In a series of new Mars-inspired wallcoverings based again on NASA imagery, trove wallpaper clad its ICFF booth in this paper suggesting the Red Planet's topography and atmosphere.
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Another design from the Mars collection by trove wallpaper, Noctis is reminiscent of that planet's massive dust storms captured by NASA technology.
NYCxDESIGN 2015 Trends We Love: Terrestrial Textures, on Design*Sponge
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New wallpaper vendor Sarkos debuted its Striations pattern, which feels loosely reminiscent of various earthen textures, at Sight Unseen OFFSITE. Photo via Sarkos.
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The vibrant bamboo silk Droplet rug by Michelle Weinberg, with Design Sublime at Wanted Design Manhattan, is the first in a series of rugs based on the artist's hand-marbleized papers.

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