Discovering Blackpop (posted 28th October 2016)
If you’re looking for wallpaper and fabric designs which are ‘splashed with anarchic beauty and (are) rich in texture and tones’ then independent British label, Blackpop may have what you’re looking for!
‘Dramatic and eccentric’, Blackpop’s striking wallpapers and fabrics are eye-catchingly alluring. Blackpop is headed by Maxine Hall and in 2013 she released the first collection. In 2014 Blackpop was invited to collaborate on a licensed range with the National Portrait Gallery. This lead to The Tudors-Deconstructed range which won them ‘Best New Product’ at Decorex in 2015. This year they’ve released the Homage range which has been inspired by the New York Abstract Expressionist movement of the 40’s and 50’s.
To get an idea of how Maxine visualises Blackpop’s designs, Suna Interior Design asked her ‘what in the world she would cover with her fabrics or wallpapers’?
“Now that's the sort of question I like, it has no boundaries except for one’s imagination. I could think about it in a commercial context but I don't approach creativity in that way, I was asked ‘why did I create the 'Homage' collection?’ I didn't think about it strategically, Jackson Pollock's artwork kept popping into my mind, I like the angle of New York at that time, the Jazz the opportunities and the creative excitement in the air. I named the wallpapers and fabrics after the New York Jazz clubs that the Abstract Expressionists frequented. I would love the Vanguard and the Blue Note Jazz clubs to have the respective wallpapers on their walls and their furniture upholstered in the fabrics. More appropriate than my first thought of having the road from Jackson Pollock’s studio to the Vanguard Jazz club papered in Vanguard Vibe.”
In the Homage range pairs of designs mirror each other – “one is an orgy of randomly splashed colour whilst the other is made by dripping paint, creating dark mysterious paths that lead to nowhere.”
Blue Note Vibe
For The Tudors – Deconstructed Maxine was inspired by (amongst other things) “memories of faded tapestries, grandeur and history” after having visited stately homes. “Working with the team at the National Portrait Gallery and these amazing paintings has been a complete privilege. Being able to examine and reimagine over 20 works to create abstract, contemporary patterns has been a creative dream. The richness and depth of the colour palette alone gives these new designs an edge and a stand out wow factor that I am very excited to call our second collection” said Maxine.
Mary, Elizabeth and Henry comprise The Tudors – Deconstructed range:
If you want to see more of these beautiful fabrics, Blackpop share a showroom with Curiousa & Curiousa (see last week’s blog) at 39 Amwel Street, London, EC1
Which is your favourite design?
Have a great weekend,