One Friday recently, fellow designer Kate Hayes and I braved the Brooklyn rain to trek to a magical realm of wallcoverings: Flavor Paper. The small business designs and produces a myriad of patterns right in our neighborhood, and I couldn't wait to check out their offerings up close.
Flavor Paper is not what you'd call subdued. In fact, their work is pretty outrageous. So it's not for the faint of heart, nor is it for every space. But for those with a good sense of humor or bold taste, it's a truly excellent resource.
Flavor Paper prints all of its products on site, using either a digital or screenprinting process, depending on the design. This allows for a heady amount of customizability. It's all printed to order, so you can adjust the colors of screenprinted patterns, and the scale and colors for digital ones.
You can choose a variety of materials to print on, including vinyl, latex, and something called Bada Bling, which resembles tiny pebbled glass. It sounds nuts, but it's actually quite beautiful when paired with the right pattern. They also use mylar, which gives some of their papers a real shine. And they make everything as green as possible too, by using water based inks and eco solvents.
Have I mentioned how Brooklyn-proud most locals are? Flavor Paper is no exception. Many of their patterns are New York themed, like City Park, the one above. With its various vermin, this one might be a bit too literal for some. Good news: because everything is custom, you can get this one without the rats. (I barely made it through Ratatouille, so I'd nix the rats myself!)
They also print on textured material, including one called Plaster, which gives the paper a real tactile quality. It'd work great with this digital pattern, which would turn any wall into quite a statement.
Of all their offerings, I like their toiles best. They're most definitely tongue in cheek, but still maintain a kind of classic style. And I love the idea of using something that rewards you for looking at it closely.
You can also create a custom paper totally from scratch using a digital photo, like this designer did for his kitchen. He then fronted the paper in tempered glass, both protecting it and making it kitchen ready. The result is absolutely gorgeous, no?
Flavor Paper is witty and green, and you can customize it to your heart's content. I can't wait to use it on a future project.