Our new wallpaper collection recently launched at Maison et Objet uses all the printing methods that I like best in wallpaper manufacturing.
We can push the boundaries with Gravure – its fine tone definition allows for photo real prints and when used with metallic or iridescent inks the result always give form and volume to the design.
Wisteria Midnight – Gravure creating a tonal effect
Botanical Enchanted – Gravure Charcoal black ground with silver tonal leaves.
With Surface print because of its ‘wet on wet’ print process and its squidgy big fat rollers that paste the ink onto the paper it resembles a wood block feel giving the design a ‘hand – made’ charm that is a sought after look. I loved developing this geometric design, the print method here really gives the ink (especially the metallic) a chance to form lines around the pattern creating ridges, and marks that are totally unique to each print, making each time the roller prints, a one-off stamped mark.
Surface printing machine – lots of ink in print trays
Great 8 Moonlight on the Surface printing machine – just before being rolled.
Surface print machine printing Dandy wallpaper
Great 8 Gold Set – Board shot for new wallpaper books.
Rotary printing is similar to screen printing, in fact it was introduced not long after screen printing came about in the early 1950’s – used for none tonal work and more graphic designs, we have used this method for papers in the past such as our wallpaper ‘Kew’ Elle Decoration loved it so much they awarded it best wall-coverings. Here it works really well for the Letter wallpaper, a one screen print, creating a modern take on the letter-press look. I especially enjoyed developing the Tea Rose colourway, with its soft copper / bronze tones and the Black Letter Boutique a charcoal black ground with warm golden letters.
Letter Times- Rotary print a development on from flatbed screen printing allowing for larger volumes and larger scale patterns than Gravure and Surface- up to 100cm in height , where as Gravure is 68cm.
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