On the Surface

Countertops may have been the catalyst. Wallcoverings have reawakened. Signs that surfaces have increasingly become the new canvas for distinctive and anchoring focal or finishing points. Far from ordinary, designers are drawing inspiration from places in nature, marrying vintage and modern elements (have you seen the new toiles?), and often using new technologies to design and define fresh ways of implementing materials.

Some Standouts:


1429 Manufacturing in Annapolis, MD customizes tables, consoles and headboards in a spectrum of patterns, utilizing a process they call "artinfusion." This Payton Console Table’s geometric pattern jumps with an almost 3D quality.


Another innovator from the east coast, Carriage Goods maximizes “matchy matchy” with a digital kaleidoscope of companion wallcoverings and textiles.  


Global Views brings us cozy occasional tables in modern shapes and frames, with surfaces that mimic concrete and burled wood.

Their Neo-Classic Side Table (right) takes texture to a new level with a linen fabric-wrapped wood frame, and coated with actual zinc paint.

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