Photo Bonnie Hulkower
Having lived with a view of scaffolding outside my window for the better part of the last five years, I'm sensitive to how unattractive and dark it can make a street look. Trove, a New York City-based design and wallcovering company, has now solved this problem, at least for the Cooper Hewitt museum. Trove is known for their large-scale designs, so Cooper Hewitt chose them to design a covering to wrap a temporary 80ft tower in the museum's garden. Trove transformed the tower and added color and wildlife to the garden with a deep royal blue covering, patterned with moths in flight.
Trove's nature-inspired designs break from typical scale as most of their pieces are 12 feet high and 3 to 6 feet wide. Their coverings may be applied to a multitude of surfaces, including Type I commercial grade wallpapers, REDEUX (PVC-free) and Marquee (glass bead embossing) Type II wallcoverings, wood veneers, window films, pendant lights, and dyed carpets.
The co-founders of Trove, Jee Levin and Randall Buck, have always been innovative multimedia designers and artists. Trove's wallcoverings go beyond traditional design. Patterns are mixed-media, culled from Levin and Buck's original artwork of painting, drawings, and photographs. All orders are custom printed to the specific height of the walls, to eliminate waste and excess cost.
Trove also recently launched Stoneground, their new wall "paper" made from stone powder and natural resin. This new "paper" will become a new canvas for their designs: it combines mineral powder with a small amount (< 20% PE) of non-toxic resin to create an environmentally-friendly paper that is made without using any wood products. It also requires no water to produce, safeguarding the environment from additional wastewater pollutants. Thanks to Stoneground's unique fiberless make-up, printed images stay crisp and clean. Adding to its eco-friendly appeal, Stoneground requires 20-30% less ink than regular paper. Stoneground's unique construction is more durable than regular paper materials because Stoneground is water and tear resistant. Stoneground is the direct result of Trove's commitment to producing sustainable products that push the limits of what green means.
Aside from Stoneground, Trove's other wallcoverings are printed on commercial-grade paper, using high-quality non-toxic wax-based coatings and archival inks, which have a lifespan of 140 years.
Trove's first creations were inspired by New York City's 100-year-old flower market in the middle of Manhattan. Trove's more recent collections have expanded to include designs inspired by natural elements other than floral ones.
Some of Trove's wallpapers have been acquired by the Cooper-Hewitt and are included in the prestigious museum's permanent collection. The collection contains the largest and most varied selection of wallpaper in the United States, featuring over 10,000 wallcovering examples dating from the late 17th century through today.
During Cooper Hewitt's year long construction, Trove's wallpaper will continue to transform the garden into a place of reflection. The oversized Azha pattern beautifies the brick walls behind it. If only now Trove could customize a wallpaper for the dreadful scaffolding on my block.
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