New York, NY - November 10, 2019 | REPEAT OFFENDERS by Ghislaine Viñas will expand Wolf-Gordon’s contract wallcovering collection with bold patterns that riff on the past by presenting a tongue-in-cheek twist on colors, scales, and forms found in retro designs from the company’s own archives. The three designs — Holding Pattern, Tangled Up, and Vicious Circle—give a cheeky nod to the cyclical nature of innovation, and breaking through bad habits formed along the way.
This collaborative collection, led by Ghislaine’s bold perspective, celebrates Wolf-Gordon’s lasting influence on patterning for interior finishes by reimagining elements from our archive. We have kept our library of catalogs intact since 1967 and are delighted that Ghislaine has taken advantage of it with such exciting results.
- Marybeth Shaw, Chief Creative Officer, Marketing & Design
Viñas hit on the name for the collection after perusing Wolf-Gordon’s meticulous and extensive archives to find discontinued prints and colorways that she wanted to make into “repeat offenders”, a humorous spin on their modernized reappearance. Wolf-Gordon’s rich history in wallcovering design first sparked Viñas’ interest in a collaboration, alongside an exploration of vintage fashion and beauty trends from the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Viñas aimed to create a fresh take on the company’s staples by elevating or combining elements of dated stripes, dots, and repeating geometrics to achieve an upbeat, structural boldness. By subtly manipulating details, such as the uniformity of lines or conventional scale, the designer broke with preconceived expectations and reinvented classic motifs.
Delving into Wolf-Gordon’s archives was both fun and illuminating! Pulling motifs I wanted to evolve or combine, and working with Wolf-Gordon’s design team to give them a new life, pushed the collection to the next level.
-Ghislaine Viñas, Designer
The collection features colors that are integral to Viñas’ design aesthetic, including favorites such as greens, blues, and reds. The metallic hints created by the use of Mylar, a material new to Viñas, lend themselves to luxe interiors where a range of vintage-inspired colors and sophisticated neutrals will stand out.
Holding Pattern: Mimicking the idea of being stuck in a behavioral loop, Holding Pattern features a series of shapes with shifting tones that are bisected by linear elements. The color customization possibilities are endless in this digital print.
Tangled Up: A vertically focused, rotogravure-printed design, Tangled Up has lines that ripple and tangle in a playful tribute to getting in trouble. This minimalist ode to stripes honors this staple that has been in the Wolf-Gordon archive for decades.
Vicious Circle: Concentric circles are intersected by bold lines in this dynamic pattern, another rotogravure wallcovering. Like the name implies, Vicious Circle creates a relationship between the circular and linear that draws the eye back and forth. The pattern is available in a retro-inspired green along with many sophisticated tone-on-tone colorways.
Repeat Offenders was previewed at Boutique Design New York 2019.