We’re celebrating an anniversary this week at Studio Ombre so we’ve collected our favourite things made from paper as a little homage to the traditional anniversary gifts that mark the years as they go by.
In anglophone cultures, the traditional first wedding anniversary material is paper but in France it’s cotton. The French seem to skip the first anniversary material completely and move along a list that’s almost identical to the anglophone list. I can’t find any information about why this is, so just like learning French grammar, I’m going to accept it and move on.
We’re sticking with the anglophone material this year so here are our paper finds this week.
Cole & Sons are undoubtedly one of the masters of wallpaper and their new 2015 Whimsical collection is as charming as it is luxurious. New designs meet pieces from the archives, while recent series such as the now ubiquitous Woods design are given a new breath of life with the addition of stars to create, unsurprisingly, Woods and stars.
For us, the etched waves and whales Melville design is the one we drift towards, and the realisation of the motif in gleaming metallic finishes takes the wall treatment from something perhaps a little junior to a truly sophisticated and luxe finish.
One of our very favourite stores in Paris is the unbelievable stationary mecca, Calligrane. Just next to the Seine in the 4th arrondissement, the store offers astonishing paper products from around the world and small-run specialty paper such as the vegetable and fruit series pictured above.
The prices can be a little prohibitive but there are plenty of wonderful products that won’t leave you without a few euros to have a glass of wine at the very pretty Café Louis Philippe just around the corner.
Many of these photos were taken from the Do What You Love For Life blog.
Is it sculpture if a work on paper find its form through folding and embossing? Whatever you want to call it, these artworks by Simon Schubert are great feats of technical skill that capture a still, almost tense atmosphere of the interior spaces they depict.
The light shining through a window motif is present throughout Schubert’s Light series and it’s this slow, unstoppable certainty within such a ghost-like image that sends a frisson down our spine.
There’s been quite a lot of cardboard furniture created over the years with varying degrees of success – the extendible benches from Flexible Love spring to mind as one of the more successful ventures – but the Bravais Armchair by artistRichard Sweeney and furniture designer Liam Hopkins for Lazerian Studio feels like one of the first uses of the material without compromising on design.
Tessellated geometry, balanced form and a potentially renewable material are all winning attributes in our books.
Fire, smoke, feathers and brushes. These are Steve Spazuk’s simple tools for creating truly astonishing works of art on paper using a technique called fumage. We’re fascinated by this technique and the way Spazuk creates an image by both adding ash to paper, and removing the ash to reveal the paper and his image.
It’s such an unusual, almost meditative technique but Spazuk isn’t the only one creating art from cinders. Check out the work of Michael Fennell, David Boyd and surrealist artist Wolfgang Paalen who started working with fumage in the 1930s.