Quirky, exotic, and anything but your typical ‘wall flower’, Christian Lacroix’s new wallpaper range Incroyables et Merveilleuses will light up your walls and have the neighbours talking…
Couture fashion designers and creative geniuses have broadened their medium from the catwalk to fabric design, homewares, interiors, stationary and even mobile phone covers, so people can own designer pieces that are as visually cool as they are practical. And now, the House of Christian Lacroix has launched their new wallpaper range, Incroyables et Merveilleuses, which will have you literally living the designer dream.
French fashion designer Christian Lacroix may have began his career on the catwalk creating haute-couture gowns and then, ready-to-wear, but he has since expanded his empire to include jewellery, handbags, menswear, homewares, shoes, porcelain dinnerware, cushions and now, wallpaper.
Since the launch of the Couture House in 1987, the Christian Lacroix style has been unique, exuberant, colourful and baroque. Today, Maison Christian Lacroix expresses its dynamic love for colour via its collections designed by the brand’s Creative Director, Sacha Walckhoff, and made in collaboration with several prestigious labels, including Designers Guild.
For its 2016 Art de Vivre Collection, Christian Lacroix Maison embarks on a journey to the very sources of French style. With the wallpaper collection, Incroyables et Merveilleuses, the House pays homage to one of the most eventful eras of history – the French Revolution and the Incroyables and Merveilleuses of the time. If your French is a little rusty, the Incroyables and Merveilleuses are the ‘incredibles and their marvellous women counterparts’ of the fashionable aristocratic subculture in Paris from 1795–1799 – the divas and gents who had the courage to wear their colour and style with conviction.
So are you ready for a little wallpaper revolution? Because this bold, exotic and wonderfully eclectic new wallpaper range will blow a strong wind of liberty through your interior spaces. Here’s a guide to the collection and the inspiring stories behind the designs…
Cocarde is an elegant cotton satin printed with the rosettes made of ribbons and beads sported by soldiers of the Revolution, and then later used as a decoration on hats and clothes by women after the Revolution. The photorealistic pearls and ribbons are featured in an incredible luxury of details, enhanced with flowers pulled straight from iconic indiennes.
Malmaison, a shimmering chintz, is an exotic twist on blooms and pays tribute to Joséphine de Beauharnais’ rose garden (Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife during the Directoire era), which had more than 250 species of roses. The extraordinary floral display has been modernised with contemporary candy stripe overlays and an enigmatic sheer that will create an indoor garden you’ll never want to leave.
Ciel Liberté sketches a trompe l’oeil, or visual illusion, of a stormy sky with neon and pastel clouds. Ciel Liberté refers to the ‘wind of liberty’ that swept through society prior to the revolution, and depicts the many glimmers of hope the people of the time held. In rain, hail or shine, this beautiful, contemporary wallpaper will bring your walls to life.
Maison de jeu
Turn your house into an extraordinary House of Cards with Maison de jeu – a print with visual impact, of antique playing cards that plays on the superstitions and vanities of a thousand talismans. Printed on cotton velvet with a rich contrasting background, this design is a signature Christian Lacroix look.
Bagatelle, a fantastic print on cotton satin, mixes XVIIIth Century architectural folies with contemporary skyscrapers in the middle of a lush jungle. The Bagatelle wallpaper is an exotic representation of the Parc de Bagatelle on the outskirts of Paris, which was a gathering place for popular festivities in the Directoire era.
Follète is an extraordinary collage effect with cutouts digitally printed on heavyweight non-woven grounds as a complete panel. The Lacroix design team created a pell-mell conceived as an imaginary dialog between a Merveilleuse and a girl today. Formerly considered as diabolic, at the Revolution, stripes become a symbol of freedom.
Cocarde, Malmaison, Ciel Liberté, Maison de jeu, Follète and Bagatelle also come in wallpapers featuring Palais Royal, an elegant marquetry pattern imitating the panelling of the Malmaison’s doors, and Picassiette, inspired by the highly fashionable Antique Rome.