Paper your walls with Wim Crouwel
Tony Brook, co-curator of the forthcoming Wim Crouwel show at London's Design Museum, has unveiled a wallpaper design inspired by the Dutchman's unmistakable geometric type...
While not exactly the kind of soft furnishing you'll find in B&Q (it's £175 a roll) Brook's treatment of the letter "C" – for Crouwel – is surely going to get a few modernists considering re-doing the lounge.
Using just a single iteration of one of Crouwel's letterforms, Graphic Odyssey has been created with wallpaper manufacturers Cole & Son and comes in aqua (shown) or grey. It will be available from the Design Museum Shop while the Wim Crouwel exhibition is running (March 30 until July 3).
Brook is creative director of London-based design studio, Spin, and a committed fan of Crouwel's work.
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I think it's quite modern and I like the colour blue because it's clear and refreshing.
Beautiful. Shame he doesn't care we are going through a recession.
I'm not really sure what that's supposed to mean? It's a lot of money for a roll of wallpaper but I wouldn't imagine the idea is to paper the whole house in it and no-one's forcing you to buy it. I'd be very surprised if anyone involved was doing more than covering their costs so why the mean-spirited remark?
Not sure it works very well as a pattern though.
have you started charging less for web design since the recession started?
It's a lovely piece but I'm sure anyone who could justify £175 for a roll has more money than sense. No, no one's going to paper the whole house but then, even if you bought just one roll, there's an air of pretentiousness about it.
Again, it's very, very nice wallpaper.
I think it was just a light-hearted joke meant in good spirits. He likes it, wants it, but can't afford such an expensive luxury when the whole country is saving because the coalition is making cuts here, there and everywhere. It is about 35 times more expensive than regular wallpaper.
If they put it on a t-shirt and charged about £30..they'd probably make more money. i'd definitely have one.
The typography is remarkable; this is not a comment on Crouwell's talent. It's a comment on the application of his work to the medium of wallpaper. Why wallpaper? There doesn't seem to be any interesting reason for it. And so it seems like a desperate attempt to make a buck.
I love Crouwel but no thanks. I'll wait for the limited edition 'Unknown Pleasures' pulsar graphic wallpaper by Peter Saville at £200 a roll.
think your point is justified. Really lovely work by Crouwell, and i would love to buy it, but £175 is unreasonable.
As far as wallpaper designs go I like it (although it is probably not great to look at with a hangover). Personally I would spend the money on an original Crouwel poster.
I will be interested to see what other merchandise is going to be produced to accompany the show. Fingers crossed for a decent book/catalogue.
What hope is there for world peace if you're about to come to blows over a roll of wallpaper?
I don't like it...patterns like this one tend to tire your eye
This is lovely (just wish i had the money to decorate a room in it.)
Have loved Wim Crouwel typography since i was a design student. I don't know if its because his work truley great (which it is), or if its because im baffled by when his work was produced (this aint no 90's stuff, its way older!).
Really nice work.
It is art, not wallpaper. Cover one wall with it. That is all that is needed. Use just one roll and stop there. That too is art.
Not everyone likes the same art. Good thing.
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