By Natasha Levy
The recently launched brand – which will exclusively produce fabric and soft home furnishings – takes its name from Calico founders Nick and Rachel Cope.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, the husband-and-wife du is recognised for their printed wall coverings that often play with colour, texture and metallics.
“We’ve been experimenting with new mediums beyond wallpaper for a while,” said Nick Cope.
“Fabric brings our designs to life in new, tangible ways, and really allows our customers to engage with our designs through tactical interactions.”
Cope‘s debut textile collection is comprised of four designs, each inspired by various elements of nature, science and the arts. Printed on natural Belgian linen, three of the patterns will also be converted to Calico wallpapers.
Watery daubs of colour on the Palette pattern are a nod to the Cope team’s creative process, while the Flora pattern is influenced by the outdoors and depicts detailed, botanical-style drawings of thistles and lavender.
A third pattern called Sumi references the traditional Japanese art of marbling, Suminagashi, where coloured inks are dropped into water to create a series of rippled lines.
The fourth pattern, Aurora, is based on an existing Calico Wallpaper style of the same name. Gradually fading from sky blue to light orange, the ombre design is meant to “immerse viewers in waves of gradient colour”.
Each fabric will be able to purchase by the yard, or can be ordered in the form of curtains through Cope’s studio. Pillows are also available in a selection of sizes.
Before starting Cope, the Calico team collaborated with Faye Toogood and Snarkitecture to create The Imagined Landscape wallpaper range, which featured prints of giant soap bubbles and hand-painted houses.
The brand has also used salt to produce marbled packing for Mast Brothers chocolatiers.
Photography is by Adam Ryder.
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