Discovering Arte (posted 1st April 2016)
During Design Week at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, a few members of the Suna Interior Design team went to visit and one of the highlights of our trip was the Arte showroom! We spent ages ogling their beautiful products (albeit with a glass of bubbles in hand)... basically we all wanted to decorate everything with their captivating creations.
A selection of the fabulous wallcoverings from Arte.
What makes Arte's products so fantastic is that they are wonderfully interesting to look at, with textures that create a dynamism and curiosity. They also have a range that is made from banana trees from the Philippines - a fascinating process that we were keen to know more about! These wallcoverings are, to put it bluntly, beautiful! Turning the pages of Arte's sample books and boards was a joy of discovery. To quote their website: "we were inspired by one of the most exotic places in the world for our Carabao collection: the Philippines. The banana tree is one of the country's most important natural resources, and it's the inner bark of this very tree that is used for these unique wallcoverings." This range comprises two design processes, Camago and Casalian which are uniquely handcrafted.
The process undertaken to create the Camago design involves layers of the inner bark being cut into strips. These are then left to partially dry, after which the upper layer is removed. These strips are then glued by hand onto a non-woven backing and are pressed with a roller. The base colour is sprayed on, then the top colour is rubbed on with a cloth which enhances the surface texture. After further drying the Camago wallcoverings are ready.
The process used to create the Camago designs for Arte.
Examples of the final Camago design in the Carabao collection.
The Casalian designs are made from individual strips. After drying and having been sprayed, the pieces are torn into uneven, narrow strips. These strips are then woven together with fine metal threads, hand-glued onto a non-woven backing and a coat of protective varnish is applied to fasten the metal thread. After the edges have been tidied the Casalian wallcoverings are ready.
The process used to create the Casalian designs for Arte.
Examples of the final Casalian design in the Carabao collection.
Banana trees in the Philippines are a renewable resource as they are only able to bear fruit three times, after which they need to be chopped down in order to rejuvenate. it is these mature trees that are used to create the Carabao wallcoverings.
Arte's showroom is just as thoughtful as their creations. Their new products are shown on large screens that cover two walls. The entire space is inviting, stylish and creative and we could easily have spent hours in here (there are so many designs we haven't mentioned)! These were some of the features that stood out for us.
Arte Flamingos from the Avalon collection.
Alysha - Studio Assistant: I loved how underneath each display of their books, there was a mood board in the top drawer that said what their inspiration was. Also the big doors with the wallpaper were really cool.
Joanne - Interior Designer: I loved the 3D aspect to the designs, they are very visually enticing. The textures are great, especially the suede, and the soundproof wallcoverings are really fun.
Lucinda - PR & Marketing Manager: I fell in love with several wallcoverings (am still trying to think of ways in which to get them into my (rented) home) but what really struck me about the showroom was the showroom itself! The visual way in which their products are displayed and the sophisticated and interactive manner in which guests can discover and experience the designs.
Suna Interior Design completely recommend visiting!
Arte: Second Floor, Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF
Enjoy and have a great weekend,