Wallpaper has recently experienced something of a renaissance. After years of minimalism; of plastered walls painted in neutral colours, people are again coming round to the idea of individual expression in interior design. The enormous variety and scope that wallpaper allows for means that it is, at last, hip once more. The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper pays tribute to this exciting new trend, looking at the techniques, products and designers at the forefront of contemporary wallpaper design.
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The other is the Moroccan heritage, but not that growing out of the early days Moroccan independence with its glimmers of womens emancipation. Tazi has researched a deeper, more singular tradition, stripping it of folksiness and revitalising it. The union of these two vital sources, each inseminating the other with a grammar that is as articulate as it is festive, has generated a new style in caftans that daringly distinguish themselves from either parent. This book will not only appeal to caftan fans, but to anyone with interest in Morocco culture and fashion.
Divided into chapters according to the characteristics of wallpaper (geometric, architectural, figurative and interactive/technical), the designers include Jane Gordon Clark, Neisha Crossland, Tracey Kendall, Timorous Beasties and over 70 others. Three essays look at the medium in depth. The first explores the history of wallpaper, and how it has evolved. A second looks at wallpaper today, and the third, by Charles Stuckey, looks at the crossover between wallpaper and fine art. A beautiful, vividly illustrated publication, this book is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in design.