Crystal-encrusted silk wallpaper sprayed with gold dust is the new, luxury way to decorate your home – but would YOU pay £2,000 a square metre?
- UK wallpaper brand Fromental collaborated with French crystal house Lalique
- They have created a luxurious silk wallpaper covered in crystals and embroidery
- The hand-painted silk chinoiserie ‘brushed with iridescent pearl’ version costs £630 sq/m, while one with hand-embroidered flowers comes in at £1,300 sq/m
- A sq/m panel on display at the launch party would cost nearly £2,000 to recreate
A British company has released a luxury new wallpaper made of silk covered in hand-embroidery and sprayed with 18 carat gold dust.
French crystal house Lalique and British wallpaper specialist Fromental have joined together to launch the silk ‘wallcovering’ which comes with hand-embroidered flowers and crystal adornments.
It consists of a highly decorated chinoiserie pattern in a winding composition with 3D swallows and dahlias set in a satin finish crystal.
A British company has released a luxury new wallpaper made of silk covered in hand-embroidered accents and sprayed in either gold dust or brushed with iridescent pearl
French crystal house Lalique and British wallpaper specialist Fromental have launched a silk wallcovering with hand-embroidered flowers and crystal adornments – costing £2,000 a sq/m
For the Fromental collaboration, Lalique recreated the brand’s classic dahlia design in gold lustre and sprayed it with 18 carat gold dust.
The design has as silk background brushed with iridescent pearl that the company claims ‘mimics the soft shimmer of frosted crystal’.
The flowers are also hand painted and embroidered to give them ‘a sense of movement, depth and growth’ and the pieces are then embellished with Lalique’s signature dahlias.
Each dahlia is individually signed by hand and then sprayed with 18 carat gold dust to get a champagne lustre colour.
An embroidered flower, crystal dahlia and swallow details on Fromental and Lalique’s silk chinoiserie wallpaper. For every crystal dahlia sprayed with 18-carat gold dust the customer pays an extra £340 to £560, and for every crystal swallow £590
The brand also offers gold velvet wallpaper (pictured) which is surprisingly warm
The hand-painted silk chinoiserie with iridescent pearl version costs £630 a square metre, while one with hand-embroidered flowers comes in at £1,300 a square metre.
For every crystal dahlia sprayed with 18-carat gold dust the customer pays an extra £340 to £560, and for every crystal swallow £590.
A square-metre panel similar to one the companies will put on display at the launch party later this month would cost nearly £2,000 to recreate at home.
Sharon Lillywhite, co-founder of the interior-design house Oliver Burns, told The Times: ‘Our clients want hand-painted silks and embroidery.
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‘They want something that is a work of art in its own right. Out of five projects at the moment, four feature silk wallcoverings. There is a real resurgence.
‘At the top end, people want something that is absolutely special; they want something that is bespoke, whether that is a rug, piece of furniture or wallpaper. Personalisation is crucial.’
Frederick Fischer, managing director, Lalique UK said: ‘Both Lalique and Fromental share a common passion for creative excellence, with nature a fertile source of inspiration.
‘At our first meeting Tim told me he had always admired René Lalique’s drawings and his creation of crystal objets d’art.
‘We are proud to propagate our know-how learned over some 130 years through collaborations with contemporary artists such as Fromental.’