The Nordic Antique and the Copper-gilded Combing wallpapers are designed by the talented Heidi Zilmer, founder of the luxury wallpaper company Zilmers. Zilmers’ products are exceptional in that every item is made by hand from start to finish; this means that all surfaces and motifs are hand painted and all metals are applied manually.
The Nordic Antique wallpapers are a collection of contemporary wallpapers whose designs have their roots in traditional Scandinavian knitting patterns. The patterns, which are designed as antique mosaic tiles in blue and white, can be combined, mirrored and inverted as desired, to form countless new designs.
Besides the Nordic Antique wallpapers, Heidi Zilmer also contributed the unique Copper-gilded Combing wallpaper for our Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition. The creation of this wallpaper is based on a technique inspired by a Chinese wallpaper from Gammel Estrup Manor that dates from around 1720. Heidi Zilmer explains the technique for copper-gilded combing: “To create this unique wallpaper you pull a comb-shaped tool through thick, wet paint and when it is dry it is embellished with real gold leaf, silver leaf, or copper leaf.
Contributing two such exceptional items for the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition was not a hard decision for Heidi and when asked to participate in the exhibition, she did not hesitate to accept: “I have always based my (continual) studies, my education, and my designs on the exchange of experiences with other creative like-minded people and I have always received my ideas back tenfold when I dare to let go and let it grow into other creative trains of thought … it is always returned in one or more ways and is an everlasting source for development and inspiration.”
Heidi continues, “Therefore, the reframing idea is exactly what I base my company on. You can say that I constantly reframe the painting profession’s old techniques and stretch the limits for what has been done and what is done. It is very exciting being invited into this project, which, in so many ways, is about being open towards new impressions and expressions. And it is, of course, a huge honour to be part of the few chosen companies for the project.”
The two designers selected to reframe/reinterpret the wallpapers as they wish are Niek Pulles from Heyniek and Sebastian Herkner. They will each reframe Danish design for our joint DANISH™ and Frame Magazine exhibition, “Re-Framing Danish Design”.
The exhibition will be on display from 28 to 30 May 2015 at The Silo in Copenhagen.