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Walls should no longer blend seamlessly into the background
The days of the wall as a quiet decorative backdrop have come to a close, as new advances in the wallcoverings industry have brought them to the very forefront of contemporary design.
Wallcoverings are now universally acknowledged for the powerful role they can play in transforming a space. From dramatic feature walls to intelligent schemes that enlarge or add height to a space, wallcoverings are a fundamental component of the modern interior designer’s arsenal.
Designers are spoilt for choice when it comes to covering their walls – whether they opt for the intricacy of mosaics, the versatility of paint or the diversity of wallpaper.
Vivienne Westwood’s recent foray into the world of wallpaper is ample evidence of the changing profile of wallcoverings. The sector is now characterised by greater aesthetic range and technological development, with new textures, colours and materials constantly coming to the fore.
“Subtly shimmering metallic wallpapers continue to be popular, along with dimensional, tactile surfaces, including glass beads, sand and flock finishes,” noted James Prathap, general manager of NGC nafees, a regional distributor of wallcoverings. “Colour trends include saturated colours and the growing popularity of oranges, blues and clean greens,” he continued.
Other popular colours include bright reds, coral, silver, eggplant and browns, noted David Yeo of Goodrich Global. Texture is also becoming increasingly important, with a host of new textures, from crocodile skin and fake fur to simulations of wood grain, brick, stucco and cork, currently making their way onto the market.
Bold patterns are also making a comeback and proving equally varied, with anything from animal images to Asian-inspired motifs currently on offer, Yeo pointed out.
With so many different options available, we’ve asked a handful of suppliers to highlight some of their most recent product offerings.
Tell us about your company.
NGC nafees has been a regional pioneer in the distribution of wallcoverings since 1984. A long-time leader in the residential wallpaper market, NGC recognised a need to bring its colour and design expertise to the commercial wallcoverings market and began distributing commercial vinyl in 2008. In 2009, NGC Nafees entered into a partnership with America’s oldest and largest wallcovering manufacturer, York Wallcoverings.
What sets you apart?
Though true craftsmanship and local manufacturing have all but disappeared from the American landscape, York Wallcoverings works hard to retain both. The vast majority of York products are designed in-house, including murals, appliqués and patterns embellished with recycled glass beads, mica, glitter, sand, Swarovski crystals and flock.
The York archival design library is an inexhaustible resource of original designs dating back to the late 1700s. Perhaps the only company in the world to own and operate five different types of printing presses, York is able to select the best print technique for the design, from the most modern digital presses to the oldest Surface presses. Surface printing dates back to the late 19th century, and York’s historic and highly valued Surface printers have been in continuous operation since the company was founded in 1895, giving a unique, hand painted look to wallpapers.
Subtly shimmering metallic wallpapers continue to be popular, along with dimensional, tactile surfaces. Graphic interpretation of classic motifs reflects an overall contemporary direction in design. Sophisticated textures with layers of colour provide an elegance that is unachievable with paint. Colour trends include saturated colours and the growing popularity of oranges, blues and clean greens.
Recent developments include the ability to print sand, glass beads and flock on heavy duty commercial vinyl wallcoverings, and the introduction of glitter to our sand finish dimensional prints.
YorkGuard AM, a superior anti-microbial coating for commercial vinyl wallcoverings can be applied to both sides of any York Contract wallcovering to achieve protection against bacteria, germs, mold and mildew. Especially suitable for healthcare facilities to protect against the spread of bacteria, it is also desirable for any high-traffic public spaces.
Being environmentally responsible and as a member of the US Green Building Council, York Wallcoverings works hard to reduce its energy consumption and waste materials.
Tell us about your company.
Founded in 1983 and formerly known as Goodrich Wallcoverings & Carpets, the company was renamed Goodrich Global in 2004 to resonate with our brand revitalisation initiatives. As southeast Asia’s leading supplier of interior wallcoverings, we aim to be an internationally-acclaimed lifestyle brand for wallcovering products in the b2c market (residential), while maintaining our leadership position in the b2b segment (commercial and corporate).Goodrich’s core business is the import, export, supply, installation and distribution of interior furnishing products.
What sets you apart?
What sets us apart is our wide range of quality products, our passion towards our products and our customer orientated service excellence.
In your opinion, what are the key trends in wallcoverings at present?
Consumers’ tastes are compounded by their individual preferences and design trends. The wallcoverings of today are no longer expected to be a similar pattern or colour scheme from room to room. Today’s trends see wallcoverings with bold, eclectic patterns and colours. They may even clash from room to room. The hottest, most popular colours include bright reds, blues, silver, orange, eggplant, coral, sage green and browns. The biggest trend is adding earth tones, such as brown or green, to your walls.
Although textures are still popular, most people shy away from paint-like patterns, preferring woven-type textures. Texture adds a sense of depth and interest to a room. Wallcoverings can now be found in textures that simulate wood grain, bricks, stucco and cork. They are also available in textures such as wild mock crocodile skin or fake fur.
Finally, after years of boring walls, wallcoverings with designs are making a comeback. Prints may vary from pictures of animals or flowers to little squiggles or abstract shapes. There has also been an increase in demand for Asian-style wallcoverings, including bamboo motifs, calligraphy, fans, etc. Another trend is the increase in mural wallcoverings, depicting action scenes.
We are trying to extend our presence in the b2c market through the expansion of our galleries regionally, as our core customer base currently still comes from the b2b sector.
How do we contact you?
More product and contact information can be found at www.goodrichglobal.com. We have 20 regional offices and galleries in eight countries: Singapore (HQ), Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia and the UAE.