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Carnovsky's RGB wallpaper: new work

Art, Graphic Design, Illustration

Posted by Patrick Burgoyne, 24 November 2010, 11:25    Permalink    Comments (31)

Our post on Italian studio Carnovsky's wallpapers that react to different coloured lights has been our most-read story all year. Now, new versions of the wallpapers feature in an exhibition in Berlin, alongside more work exploring the same theme

As we explained in our original post, the designs were created for the Milan shop of Janelli & Volpi, a noted Italian wallpaper brand. Each features overlapping illustrations, different elements of which are revealed depending on whether a blue, green or red light is shone upon them.

The designs are now on show in an exhibition at the Johanssen Gallery in Berlin. There are three overlapping patterns, different elements of which are revealed according to the colour of the light shone upon them.


The show also features a series of prints based on playing cards. "In
each there are printed three different playing cards: The overlapping
of colours mixes up the forms so that it is difficult to recognize
which figure is represented, an enigma that can be solved just through the
use of one of the coloured filters," explains Carnovsky's Francesco Rugi.

The show is on until February 10. Details here

All photographs: Alvise Vivenza


Wonderful technique! Super!
2010-11-24 12:38:57

I really do not know how to say how full of love and delight this stuff fills me. I bet Kim Jong-Il would stop acting like such a prat if he only had some of this wallpaper in his life because w00t!, it brings the happy.
Katy McDevitt
2010-11-24 12:47:43

Holy shit I want this.
2010-11-24 15:17:02

These are pretty amazing. They look brilliant.. i wonder why thr red seems to work best.
2010-11-24 18:07:34

I would happily fill my home and studio with this. What an amazingly clever, yet annoyingly simple idea.
Andy Rudkin
2010-11-25 08:26:38

Great idea, love the prints!
Steve Bell
2010-11-25 14:02:03

I absolutely love this work, well done.
Graphic Design Manchester
2010-11-25 16:04:29

Superb idea and amazing execution
Matthew Smith
2010-11-25 16:28:00

Would be nice to be able to adjust the colour of the light and it affect the wall in almost a clock type way.
2010-11-25 16:37:57

This is so beautiful. Stunning delivery of a simple idea. Well done.
John Skinner
2010-11-26 11:37:54

They look even more beautiful without the red/green/blue lights!
Matthew Ingram
2010-11-26 13:17:43

2010-11-26 13:30:32

tiff Lynch
2010-11-26 13:32:33

Im inlove.
Jenine Sharabi
2010-11-26 13:40:10

"Your stuff's like wallpaper" :-( "Your stuff's like Carnovsky's RGB wallpaper" :-)
Grilla Login
2010-11-26 13:44:25

Marie Bauer
2010-11-26 13:54:10

Witty, beautiful and inspiring!
Editor, Tempografico
2010-11-26 15:09:03

Just fabulous.

I happen to currently be working on some 3D anaglyph animation and of course when you view the above with red/cyan glasses you see entirely different images with each eye, Now I want to create 3D wallpaper!
Paul Gilbert
2010-11-26 16:55:41

Absolutely love it, such a clever idea and wish I could get hold of some for my walls!
Kassia Gawronski
2010-11-26 17:24:14

Just fabulous.

I happen to currently be working on some 3D anaglyph animation and of course when you view the above with red/cyan glasses you see entirely different images with each eye, Now I want to create 3D wallpaper!
Paul Gilbert
2010-11-26 17:56:42

2010-11-26 18:39:53

Fantastic - reminds me of the Ray Bradbury story, The Veldt, in which wall coverings come to life:
Dean Freelance Copywriter
2010-11-26 18:55:56

2010-11-26 20:13:42

Jesus Lord.... just wonder!!!
Charles Cenci
2010-11-26 20:35:37

These atre fantastic. I want to go to see these. Shame i' m in London right now. Annette Taylor- Anderson
Annette Taylor-Anderson
2010-11-27 23:40:48

Beautiful idea and so uplifting. This makes me happy : )
Katie Lowry
2010-11-28 18:33:00

2010-12-03 03:15:16

This is so awesome! We want this wallpaper for our offices!!
2010-12-08 20:15:25

Went to Berlin to try and see this. The gallery website is shockingly bad and so actually finding the address proved a massive task. Then when finally arriving to the gallery it was shut for two weeks - it had a notice on the door. So I would definitely recommend trying to contact them in advance if you're planning on visiting. (Good luck finding their contact details)!
2011-01-07 14:50:41

Amazing colors, contrast and effects. Great selection!
2012-11-02 15:14:19

Fantastic! very creative! wow
Copywriter Christian
2014-02-21 13:07:21

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