These Walls Can Talk

Congratulations, wallpaper…you no longer look or feel like my grandmother’s living room. Freed from a past of gauche ubiquity, wallpaper is now beautifully designed and updated with modern flair and functionality. Designers Mike & Maaike have taken wallpaper a step further by incorporating the basic universal communication system as a graphic element. It’s called Wayfinder. It can be used to guide people through complex transportation centers and office buildings. Or, simply direct people towards basic necessities such as…the bathroom.
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The functional and decorative designs create new possibilities for architects, interior designers and space planners.

This dynamic wallpaper is instantly recognizable from a distance and integrates decorative and symbolic designs known throughout the world. Be it a bustling airport, an industrial workspace, an art gallery, or college campus, this wallpaper instantly bridges the gap between form and function with a decidedly modern twist.

So go ahead…find your way.

The symbols used in the "Wayfinder" wallpaper series were designed in 1974 through a collaboration between the AIGA and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

For an interview with Mike and Maaike conducted by Sam Grawe, view our video


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