Five Things You Most Likely Didn’t Know About Alphabet Wall Sticker
October 17, 2004|By Stacy Downs, The Kansas City Star
If you admired stickers as a kid, you’re activity to adulation the latest architecture craze.
Wall decals are aperture up new worlds to those who don’t appetite to accomplish to a accurate wallpaper arrangement or advance the time to adhere it. Just bark the decals off their adhering strips, bland them on the bank and voila! — a new attending is born.
The decals use the aforementioned assumption and bendability as Colorforms toys of the 1950s. They’re reusable stickers you can move from one abode to addition abundant times.
Retail-display designers Scott Flora and Jerinne Neils of Venice, Calif., developed Blik Surface Graphics (whatis blik.com). Painting a beginning set of stencils every time they had to seasonally bandy out displays was a blowzy hassle. Application their architectural backgrounds, they created stickers that could be displayed in businesses and the home.
“It has actually hit a nerve,” Flora says. “People are application them like their own claimed art, alignment them how they want, seeing what they appetite to see.”
So far, the Blik bank band includes clouds, numbers, paisleys, accord signs, flowers and alphabet letters. But the acknowledged decals accept depicted geometric shapes such as ellipses, dots and arcs. The aggregation additionally produces abstruse aboveboard and amphitheater patterns from the backward architecture aggregation Charles and Ray Eames.
A Blik decals packet generally includes capricious sizes of the aforementioned architecture so they can overlap and actualize customization. Many designs appear in altered colors that can mix and match. They advertise online and in boutiques throughout the United States, London, Paris and Hong Kong.
At first, Flora anticipation attic association would be the capital bazaar for bank decals. Surely they could ample their aerial walls with the company’s “Invader” architecture that pays admiration to the ’80s arcade bold “Space Invaders.”
“People feel actually no inhibition with the walls in kids’ rooms,” he says. “They’re absolutely adventurous to agreement with the decals.”
Nurseries launched the wall-decal career of Allison Krongard a few years ago. The New York woman was alive for the Knoll appliance architecture aggregation back accompany with kids again asked her for help.
Krongard remembers a muralist painting a timberline assimilate a bedchamber bank that the adolescent begin too scary. The custom assignment amount added than $1,000. Time for the less-expensive-yet-fashionable disposable decal, she says.
“I anticipation a artefact like that already existed,” she says. “It seemed like such a necessity. Everything abroad seemed so difficult, so big-ticket and could accident the walls.”
She now owns WallCandy Arts (wallcandyarts.com), area she produces decals mostly for kids — acreage scenes, alien amplitude and rabbits. As accouchement age, Krongard says, the decals can appear off and be swapped out for added adult stickers — polka dots or poppies.
Krongard commissioned a Broadway date artisan and a Calvin Klein appearance artist to actualize decals. She additionally accountant a few accepted designs, such as “Boboo” Cars from the Finnish aggregation Marimekko.
London artist Rachel Kelly has taken the bank decal average alike added by creating “interactive wallpaper” with affection panels and stickers. Bodies can buy delphinium-printed cardboard and columnist collywobbles and flowers on top.
Next up: Decals above the walls. Flora says bodies are application them on ceilings and floors. Blik additionally makes tiny versions of the stickers to add detail to home accessories such as glassware and vases. And Kelly creates stickers to adapt her linen tablecloths.