By Jacky Parker
The Naive Shapes wallpaper collection from MuralsWallpaper celebrates 150 years since the birth of Henri Matisse.
The collection takes inspiration from the artistspapiers découpés(paper cutouts) and reflects the simplicity andjoy in Matisse’s own work, while the colour palette taps into current colour and design trends, with earthy tones and pops of cobalt blue.
Henri Matisse (who was born 31st December, 1869) invented a new medium with his cut out style, and using it, produced some of his most popular works.
Matisse believed that everyone retainsa childlike sense ofnaiveté,no matter how much they study and learn. In the last years of his life, the artistfound freedom in creating cut out art, which brought feelings of balance, simplicity and serenity.
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MuralsWallpaper'sMatisse-inspired collection aims to echo this naive part of the mind that Matisse speaks of, which is why thedesigns are hand-made with spontaneousshapes and charming, honest imperfections.
These graphic wallpaper creations mirror the playfulnessof a method that Matisse described as'drawing with scissors' and 'cutting directly into colour'. The crafty cut outs have anostalgic quality, conjuring up memories of creatingpaper collages as a child.
They embodythe fun and focus of spending hours cutting out paper shapes and arranging them in just the right places.
This is the first of two twomodern mural collections from MuralsWallpaper celebratingMatisse's 150thbirthday this year, with designs that are evocative of his cut out art.
In this first collection, there are eight different designs that vary in colour and scale.
The secondset of designs is set to launch in September and continuethe celebration of Matisse's life and most influential work.
£36.00per square metre, muralswallpaper.co.uk.
Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites
A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.
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