Eight Favourites - Wallpaper
Launching August 2019, this collection of prints and matching wallpapers is called “Eight Favourites”
Eight of our best loved prints from the No9 collections over the years that we feel give an overview of what the brand is about: a fresh and lively take on traditionally inspired designs, all taken from hand-painted artwork by Richard Smith.
Originally from 2013’s printed fabric collection, Agiasos was inspired by a tile pattern in the background of a French Orientalist painting of the 1890s. Striking in its modernity it makes a perfect addition to the collection. It is geometric but with the painterly hand associated with No.9 it gives a certain softness and movement.
Another design taken from an original No9 print, Agra is based on the classic hand knotted Indian rugs of the same name. The texture of the stitch is reproduced here to create a wall covering with a damask like effect. Some of the colours have a soft lustre giving an elegant feel, whilst other colourways such as yellow with palest grey, and emerald with peacock have a drier finish.
This scale of design was hugely popular in the ‘70s, endlessly adaptable as a faux plain. We decided toupdate the idea by using a small geometric motif on a plain ground. It gives extra interest to the idea of a plain wall, and the metallic colourways have an intriguing play of light and shadow.
So named because it looks like it has been confidently painted with traditional Chinese ink and brush, and because the giant disjointed stripes of bold colour are reminiscent of bamboo. Thick white strokes of paint on a soft blue ground and gold on chocolate are just two of the exciting and dramatic colorways.
Inspired by the decoration on an eighteenth century Chinese porcelain snuff-box, Richard’s original watercolour sketches are beautifully reproduced as an extra wide-width wallpaper, sold by the metre. There is a co-ordinating fabric, but the wallpaper has a crisp plain ground giving a more graphic look.
We have been asked for a coordinating wallpaper to "Enter the Dragons" since its launch in 2011, and this season has presented the perfect opportunity. I have altered the repeat, removing the wide borders so it is easier to use on the wall, and recreated four of the original colourways. Printed on super wide non-woven paper and sold by the meter it brings elegant drama to any room.
A dramatic trellis wainscoting to the base is sketched in with a thick, loaded brush. The panels are a huge 3.4m high, to give our clients as much flexibility as possible and both colourways have a slightly paler and fresher colour palette to their fabric counterparts, CHINESE PANEL. If the panels are too tall just cut off the trellis and use it for an adjoining room, around a door frame or on wardrobe doors!
Another screen inspired design, Hainan has a convincing 3-D effect. The printing technique combines two different processes where the final
colour is surface printed, leaving a hand made detail. There is a huge variety within the offering of colourways from white, beige and silver to a
symphony of saturated blues.
Taken from the interlocking shapes of Chinese paving stones, the original design, much imitated since its launch in 2009, was printed on a heavy linen. The interplay of overlaid colours has the vibrancy and excitement of looking through a kaleidoscope – different shades and tones are broken into abstract geometry and it makes a perfect wallpaper.
The beauty of this design is its simplicity - a really useable scale, that looks as good on a large wall as it does in a more intimate space, combined with a stunning colour palette. The simple motif has been surface printed on a non woven wallpaper to accentuate the hand blocked look. This design works beautifully with the corresponding printed fabric.
This is a more architectural and smaller scale of the no9 fabric of the same name. The original was based on a Chinese fretwork screen, painted big and bold and this version takes the same inspiration but is cleaner and makes the perfect wallpaper. Among the exciting colourways is a billiard room green and white - a true classic.
To retain the openness and flow of the coordinating fabric of the same name, we have printed this paper on a 27”/64cm wide roll. This larger scale also allows for all the subtle watercolour detail of the original artwork to shine through. The tree of life pattern creates a gentle trail across the wall, several of the colourways highlighted by pearlescent highlights.
A witty take on a toile de jouy: Mythical birds sit in fantastic trees whilst child acrobats somersault, balancing tea pots on their feet, all watched over by indulgent, smiling grown-ups. Based on the No.9 fabric of the same name from 2009, the new wallpaper version has lost the detail from the original, giving it a crisper more graphic look.