It’s been a big week for wall coverings here at 3rings and an even bigger week for NYC’s Trove. Why, just yesterday we took a look at the effervescent floral motif of Trove’s Enyo, and today we’re re-visiting this manufacturer of exceedingly creative wallcoverings to explore the ethereal iridescence of the Wood Veneer Line.
alcyone 202 Printed Wood Veneer Wallpaper. Designed by Randall Buck and Jee Levin. Manufactured by Trove.
Trove’s Wood Veneer Line is Antique and Contemporary at Once
That’s right, I said wood veneer—not what one would expect of wallpaper, which typically arrives in the decidedly flexible form of a round ream. This is no ordinary veneer, however. Trove’s Wood Veneer line is backed with cloth, thus allowing the paper thin veneers of FSC-certified maple, oak, cherry, walnut, birch, and bamboo to drape like silk on your awaiting walls.
While the idea of wood veneer wallpaper is exciting in its own right, the prospect of Trove’s signature art printed upon said veneers is positively dizzying. And I mean that in the best possible way, as the combination of Trove’s translucent inks, the lovely varied grains of the wood veneer, and the luxurious and ethereal designs take the product to new heights of aesthetic fancy.
The five designs—alcyone 202, syrma 206, io 202, ankaa 202, and atria 202—are each vaguely vegetal, some suggesting profuse floral blooms and others evoking the sparseness of a deciduous branch in winter. But they’re each stylistically unified around the material and the technique. All of them are beautiful. The muted tones, the play of light, the palpable texture of the wood grain conspire to create a truly other-worldly canvas—very like an Impressionism for the new millennium.
Before the applause dies down... Trove’s Wood Veneer Wallpaper is also environmentally friendly. The inks are non-toxic; the veneers are sourced from sustainably-managed forests; and the primers, adhesives, and matte UV sealers used during installation are all low VOC. And if you don’t happen to have a spare smooth wall, you can always partake of the paper-backed version—it works wonders with furniture, doors, and cabinetry.
About the Manufacturer: Recently referred to by more than one publication as “the wallpaper designers of the moment,” the work of NYC’s Trove is grounded in creative applications of original art. Principals Randall Buck and Jee Levin base their wallcoverings on their very own original photographs, drawings, and paintings. The line includes traditional wallpapers, but also inventive new forms for wallcoverings, not limited to wood veneer and printed window film.