French Baroque architecture. North American forests Gabriel García Márquez. Film. Paleolithic painting. For Trove’s newest collection of wallpapers, which debuted last month at ICFF, the company’s founders, Jee Levin and Randall Buck, mined an awe-inspiring breadth of sources to create designs that complement the firm’s existing range.
“We are always exploring uncharted territory for us as designers with each new collection, whether that be in concept or technique,” Levin explains. “I would say the spring collection was more of an affirmation of our fundamental aesthetics. Considering we are still building our vocabulary we very much saw this collection as a declaration of Trove so that people would see it and recognize the brand through the design.”
Allee takes its inspiration from the film Last Year at Marienbad and features a photographic repetition of a dreamy landscape and marked by classical formality. Another landscape-inspired design, Trace, which was introduced late last year and also debuted at ICFF, renders a forest to appear as a city skyline. Rinceau falls into a classical vein—grounded in the architectural moldings of 18th-century France. Suichuka and Maconda offer a more intimate feel with their whimsical foliate designs.
Of the new releases, Grotte pushed the partners furthest as they adapted an ancient painting technique (raw pigment is forced through a straw), used in the caves of Lascaux and Chauvet, for the design. “Grotte was a lot of fun to create,” says Levin. “As designer,s we are always looking to keep the design process inspired. The unpredictable is of great value to us. We never know what the end design will be. For us the unexpected elements of the process are just as important to the design as the elementary concept.”