These Walls Can Talk

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By Leah King / Published by Dwell
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.
These Walls Can Talk - Photo 1 of 2 - The functional and decorative designs create new possibilities for architects, interior designers and space planners.

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.

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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