Object Timeline

-0001

2017

  • Work on this object began.

2018

  • We acquired this object.

2019

  • You found it!

Sidewall, Topographies, 2017

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by Snarkitecture. It is dated 2017 and we acquired it in 2018. Its medium is digital print. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Gift offer of two wallpapers produced by Calico, including "Topographies" designed by Snarkitecture, and "Microcosmos" designed by BCXSY. Calico began a collaborative process with a number of artists and designers to explore process and materials, developing a series of unique collectiions that unearth the possibilites of landscape. "Topographies" and "Microcosmos" resulted from this collaboration with both being introduced at the 2017 Milan Design Fair.

“Topographies” transforms a three-dimensional project of torn and layered paper into a two-dimensional wallpaper. Stacks of paper were literally torn by hand and then reassembled to create a stepped topography. With the paper being stark white there is a delicate play of light and shadow caused by the rough-torn edges and irregular surface of the paper. This creates a very tactile surface producing a subtle trompe l’oeil design.

They have created installations for the National Building Museum in Washington, DC; Design Miami/ 2012; and the Delano Hotel for Art Basel Miami Beach. Installations are created in predominantly white or monochromatic color schemes with a noticeable absence of color. They also have a collection of furniture and lighting which shows a creative reworking of the object’s typical or expected form.

Calico uses photography and digital printing to turn original hand-crafted designs into large-scale non-repeating wallpapers. There are currently two Calico wallpapers in the permanent collection.

It is credited Gift of Calico Wallpaper.

Its dimensions are

L x W: 457.2 × 132.1 cm (15 ft. × 52 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Topographies, 2017; Designed by Snarkitecture ; digital print; L x W: 457.2 × 132.1 cm (15 ft. × 52 in.); Gift of Calico Wallpaper; 2018-6-1

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1158862555/ |title=Sidewall, Topographies, 2017 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=18 January 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>