As an online furniture store, we strive to bring you the best-curated collection of designer furniture and home decoration pieces. And as you may have already guessed, we love brilliantly designed wallpaper. It has the capacity to transform a room, be it a wall or ceiling, in a very budget-friendly way. One of our all-time favourite brands is NLXL; their designs are not always what they seem. One really has to touch it to feel the difference with the real thing. For instance, the Scrapwood wallpaper, brainchild of designer Piet Hein Eek and NLXL founders Rick & Esther Vintage, demonstrates that products can be made with limited means, uncommon materials and look imperfect yet still beautiful.
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has added Scrapwood to their permanent collection and is also displayed in the Museum of Architecture and Design in New York.
Collaborating with great designers is part of NLXL’s ethos, so when Piet Boon Studio visited NLXL headquarters in The Netherlands they were “absolutely stunned with the company’s unique expertise and passion”. Together they created the Concrete wallpaper, capturing the sober and subdued qualities of concrete. Its contemporary and robust appeal also masques minor damages, by allowing them to dissolve in the wallpaper's natural structure.
Concrete Wallpaper: Available in Black, Grey & Shabby Grey
After the success of the Concrete Wallpaper collection, Piet Boon Studios introduced their second NLXL designer collection: the Washi wallpaper. Washi means Japanese paper – traditionally made by hand with a history that dates back to 610 AD. This collection captures washi paper’s versatility and beauty, an ideal addition to a serene living space.
The Washi: Available in Grey, Green & Petrol
Brooklyn Tins: Available in Pink, Green & Cream
Another TLS favourite is NLXL’s Withered Flowers colour wallpaper by Studio Job, highlighting a modern take on a traditional aesthetic. "Can you imagine what it feels like to browse through the archives of Studio Job if you love art?" says Rick Vintage, founder of NLXL. "We felt like children before Christmas." And the result is simply stunning.
Last but certainly, not least; we must mention NLXL’s collaboration with Russian designer Ekaterina Panikanova. Rick and Esther Vintage, first saw Ekaterina’s work in Z2O gallery in Rome, Italy. Struck by the power of the artwork they contacted the artist and a fruitful collaboration was born. Ekaterina says, “I like working on old books. I like the way they wear and tear. Notes and scribbling’s enabled me to perceive the personalities of the people who have read them”. This is the basis of the Biblioteca collection – with its sepia hues and ink markings, it’s like going back in time.
The Biblioteca Mural collection is designed to be used with the Cream Books wallpaper
NLXL designs are printed in super high resolution on heavy-duty wallpaper with a paper top-layer and a non-woven backing, making it look extremely realistic. Their pieces have been featured in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, and Wallpaper*, to name a few. NLXL’s goal is to become the world’s smallest global company, and in many respects they already have.