Choosing Wallpaper Is a Big Deal—But Backdrop’s New Design Makes It Easy
For starters, it’s inspired by French Alpine roads.
Published Apr 7, 2023 1:00 AM
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Our days are punctuated by scouting new talent, attending market appointments, and scrolling Instagram in an effort to unearth the products, people, and news you actually need to know. Here’s what we Slacked one another about this week.
The Main Event: Backdrop Delights Us With a New Wallpaper Collection
While best known for its paint, Backdrop’s personality-filled wallpapers are something real fans won’t want to snooze on. Its fourth collection ranges from fluid watercolors to dense brushstrokes, all based on original artwork created in the brand’s downtown L.A. studio—so basically, if you hate the tediousness of hanging individual frames, these can take the place of a gallery wall. Each of the new designs is offered in multiple soft hues, because if there’s anything cofounders Natalie and Caleb Ebel have mastered, it’s color. I’m most drawn to the calligraphy-esque Turini pattern, named after the French Alpine road Col de Turini, which is also full of twists and turns. It reminds me of this Vermicelli Velvet fabric, one of my favorites by Backdrop’s parent company, Schumacher. —Julia Stevens, style editor
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The Party Flex: Heath Ceramics Releases Its Summer Collection
Heath’s iconic core collection is all we could ever want and more, but twice a year, the California heritage brand releases new work. Its summer assortment, Flow State, boasts soft, sun-faded hues like lemon rind, cyan, and avocado, and even includes a special glazing technique created by Edith Heath in the 1980s, where sprayed and poured glazes are combined to make a painterly landscape effect.
The Summer Savior: Vacation Introduces After Sun Gel
While it may be difficult to recall the excruciating pain of a bad sunburn at this time of year, your future sun-kissed skin will be happy to have Vacation’s new After Sun Gel at the ready. The soothing formula is about as far from drugstore brands as possible; it smells like aloe vera, cucumber water, citrus colognes, and freshly folded resort towels, and it even includes such skin-care ingredients as niacinamide, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid. Enhance the cooling effect by storing it in the fridge.
The Cool Clay: BZippy Drops Ruffle & Clover
No one does chunky ceramics quite like BZippy—you can spot the brand’s saturated, substantial wares from a mile away. And for the first time in three years, the studio has put out a drop: Ruffle & Clover. The Ruffle design was inspired by collars, drapes, and bed skirts, and Clover stems from the architecture of multilevel structures and antique perfume bottles.
The Closet Hero: Jamie Haller and Pierce & Ward Design Loafers
While it feels like brands are collaborating left and right, Jamie Haller just launched its very first one, with none other than Pierce & Ward. The relationship was born over Instagram DMs, and resulted in a collection of two loafer styles, each available in two colorways. Made in Haller’s small atelier outside of Florence using Italian leathers, the rich hues and tassels bring the same playful yet laid back energy you’d find in one of the firm’s homes.