What is pattern? Well, a quick search on our friend Google revealed that ‘A pattern, apart from the term’s use to mean “Template“[a], is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner.’ – Wikipedia
My friends at twenty2 are in my mind wizards of pattern. With wallcoverings and fabrics that are hand printed, made in the USA and Eco friendly I have been a huge fan of twenty2 ever since I found a business card size ad in the back of Dwell and specified Maxwell for a hotel project.
In the words of the designer, ” Maxwell is inspired by a piece of art we [Kyra and Rob] bought in a Philadelphia thrift store in 2002, we wanted to explore what
defines a shape – is it an exterior border or can the shape be created by the content within? We began scribbling away to create a dot that was articulated by the lines within the circle and loved the effect.
We created a repeat pattern of the dots in a seemingly simple grid that is actually full of subtle movement and variation. We nudged each dot slightly in order to avoid any static symmetry, so that the pattern would feel bouncy, rather than static when applied to the wall. Introduced as a wallpaper and fabric in 2003, Maxwell has become one of our signature patterns. We even trademarked the dot! Many say that it looks like balls of yarn or that it has an Asian feeling to it (especially when printed on grasscloth), but we love that it seems to have such universal appeal.”
Pattern fans – this book, a fascinating study of communicating with pattern, features our iconic Maxwell wallpaper pattern. Chock full of amazing images, the book explores the patterns that surround us in our everyday life, as well as in fine art, graphic design and more. Thrilled to be included. Check out the book here.