Vescom has long been an essential partner in Vector Mais projects through its wall coverings. Original and very appealing, the Dutch brand wall coverings avoid the apathy of plain walls, providing an essential tactile element, something that can be seen in the recently launched Wallcovering 08 collection.
“The wallcovering 08 textile binder downplays luxury. It’s subtle and sophisticated. Once in a while there’s a touch more ornamentation, but it’s never over the top.”
Christiane Müller, Vescom’s design director
The collection is characterized by an interaction of surface and light, with subtle shimmery moments adding a luxurious edge to the neutral palette. Montado, for instance, is made from compressed wood pulp. The product’s silvery series recalls concrete, whereas its browner shades almost emulate cork. Star-like apertures reveal glimpses of the mirrored surface beneath, which glistens and flickers in the presence of light.
Unique combinations of techniques and treatments result in a rich tapestry of surprising products. The embossed lines of Zagara, for instance, are almost reminiscent of painted Japanese wood. Kai’s complex embossing method is masked by an aesthetically simple design. A grid of three-dimensional dots adds a layer of industrial poetry to ten tones of a handmade-leather look, a material that recurs in the complementary Fenda series.
Certain techniques were also adapted to arrive at new solutions. Montresor’s seemingly traditional herringbone pattern – an effect typically produced through weaving – is made possible in a non-woven material through the modification of laser machines to repetitively cut and scratch. Tiffany is also the result of new laser techniques. The product features fine bands of micro glitter on a shiny leather-like base.
In addition to the recent Wallcovering 08, the existing 05 collection also features new products with the launch of two Xorel coverings. “Xorel is such a robust material that meets contract-market specifications,” says Müller, “And it’s also a cradle-to-cradle product.”
Linen and Switch feature a pronounced warp and weft, a trait in line with their textile-inspired origins. Linen finds organic texture through the movement of threads. Marrying tradition and technology, the result achieves a classic look with a modern material. Similarly, Switch is a play on timeless herringbone. Alternating stripes of classical herringbone and basket weaves build a tonal design, whose pattern affords both interesting close-up views and a broad texture when seen from further afar. Like their collection companions, both products are neutral in tone.