Design Centre Stories

A New Point of View

Iksel – Decorative Arts‘ highly imaginative approach to wallcovering goes from strength to strength, with a new collection that trains its eye on some of the most alluring scenes in art history, from Renaissance paintings to Ottoman palaces. These are then translated into digital artwork – either repainted from scratch in the studio or recoloured, rescaled and painstakingly retouched as necessary – that can be fully customised to create a wall-to-wall, immersive design experience.

‘Brunelleschi Perspective’ (pictured above) is named after the Renaissance master who famously designed the dome of Florence’s cathedral; although the 15th-century painting that the wallcovering is based upon is unattributed, it owes its precise linear perspective to Brunelleschi’s understanding of the subject, the catalyst for a revolution in painting. The original is 2.3 by 1.3 metres, but Iksel has enlarged it to room size to appreciate every architectural detail, and printed it on a textured paper. The version pictured is joined by another in a more muted, warm colour palette and a black and white version.

Further designs include (above, left to right): ‘Palermo Stripes’, an homage to the intricate stone marquetry and marble from the mosque courtyard of Palermo’s Norman palace; ‘Trellis Exotica’, inspired by the treillage work at Versailles; and ‘Ottoman Screen’, developed from the 18th-century Fruit Room at Istanbul’s Topkapi palace. All come in five standard heights, from 225–325cm, with bespoke options available.

See these products in person at London Design Week 2021 (16 – 21 May): register here

Iksel – Decorative Arts, Second Floor, South Dome