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Distinctive and mixed-media wallpapers designed by Trove, New York

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The esteemed Brooklyn Museum has selected six patterns from Trove, the innovative and award-winning New York City design company, for inclusion in its permanent Decorative Arts Collection.

Since Trove’s beginnings in 2006, Co-founders Jee Levin and Randall Buck have applied their artistic approach and distinct perspective to design, by approaching the wall as an oversized canvas. The Brooklyn Museum’s acquisition of the Trove designs establishes their role in the history of wallpaper.

The award-winning New York-based design firm has created some distinctive and mixed-media wallpapers, which we love at Adelto.

Since launching the company in 2006, Trove co-founders and design principals, Randall Buck and Jee Levin have applied their singular artistic approach to designing within the unexpected category of wall covering. Interpreting the wall as an open canvas, Trove has elevated the category of wallpaper with its signature large-scale mixed-media patterns. Trove’s designs are derived from their original paintings, drawings, and photographs to create the conceptually driven collections. This is the second time Trove’s designs have been acquired for a permanent collection by a museum; the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum acquired the Ara and Indi designs in 2009.

The designs selected for the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection reflect Trove’s diverse body of work:

August (2012). Introduced as part of the science-inspired collection of 2012, August reinterprets past queens from Denmark, Japan, Romania, Greece, Prussia, Italy, and India to portray their present day anonymity. August is a statement on our collective memory. The pattern August is created exclusively from photography, following in the footsteps of Trove’s iconic Fuoco pattern.

Fuoco (2010). . Based on an historic photograph of the famed Venice opera house, Teatro La Fenice, Fuoco plays with the concept of the beholder versus the beholden. The original photograph was taken after the theatre was rebuilt following a fire that completely destroyed it in 1836. The rebuilt theatre, from which the pattern is constructed, no longer exists as it once again burnt to the ground in 1996. Literally translated, “La Fenice” means “the Phoenix” or “rise from the ashes.

Auva (2009). Auva is created from a series of paintings by both Buck and Levin. It is one of the first patterns in their collection to establish a horizon line on the wall. The historic language of wall covering has been the repetitive print of a motif or design to create pattern. With Auva, Trove established their unique definition of repetitive pattern.

Indi (2008). A graphic tribute to film luminary Alfred Hitchcock, Indi feels like an action shot of a flock of birds in motion and conjures up visions of the great filmmakers’ masterpiece, The Birds. The intertwining pattern is formed by groups of blackbirds in full flight, Indi is an authentic representation of the spontaneous splendor of the natural world.

Alcyone (2008). Alcyone was part of the motion collection, released in 2008. Among the collection was Indi and Azha: both illustrated the natural world released. With Alcyone, Buck and Levin wanted to capture the quieter moments of the natural world. Alcyone is composed of water lilies, flowing downstream, or across the wall. This pattern also established depth as one of the staple design elements of Trove.

Alula (2006). Alula was created as part of Trove’s debut collection, which was inspired from New York City’s 100-year-old flower market in the middle of Manhattan.

By incorporating their unique visions, Levin and Buck have successfully merged art, design, and craft by mixing traditional decorative elements with nontraditional application and eco-friendly materials. Trove’s work is a clever interpretation of the simple, yet fascinating beauty of our environment.

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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March 7, 2013 | Design | View comments

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