Celerie Kemble's new wall covering line for Schumacher speaks to classic motifs distilled to basic graphics in a bold, vibrant color palette. She felt a need was not being met in the marketplace. Wallpaper was becoming wildly popular again, and the younger customer wanted something that felt fresher, modern. and graphic, but rooted in classicism. Celerie was inspired by the decorative arts as well as her love of fashion and the natural beauty of nature.
One of Celerie's classic inspirations was the acanthus leaf pattern:
She was working on a project, and as she explained, wanted a narrow stripe, but with a little more decoration and a more graphic quality. That classic architectural element dating back to the earliest Roman and Greek time turned into this:
A nature inspired motif: cirrus clouds that also have a great graphic and Asian feel. Powerful in a bright color, yet easily adaptable too in a soft neutral. The Tree of Life inspired the Hothouse Flower. It has a nostalgic feel, modernized.
Celerie's love of fashion inspired the nailhead wallpaper. She was intrigued by the possiblity of using hardware on the walls. A beautiful decorative element, not a passing trend, studs have been showing up on the runway for several seasons. Perhaps she owns a Valentino bag? The feather blossom wallpaper came from a blown up pattern on a Chanel blouse Celerie saw in a magazine. Manipulating the size, scale, and color of patterns completely changes the feeling.
We all commented that this blossom print would look gorgeous on a ceiling!
I am a fan of anyone who believes an animal print is a neutral. I can't think of one area this wouldn't look great. Again, Celerie thought of the shelf life of the paper collection and its flexibility of use. Bold color or soft neutral, the texture of these grasscloths with their hand printed quality can take the place of all the geometric patterns we have been seeing over the past couple years.
Each pattern done on grasscloth has a luminosity, matte and shiny quality, is flexible, and is both happy and lighthearted. That is the way some describe Celerie herself!
ph: Schumacher, CLI
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