Those who say print is dead may want to think again. Thanks to an innovative line of wall coverings from New York–based design firm Weitzner Limited, paper varieties we recycle every day find new use as stunning and statement-making home décor. Read on for our favorites.
Dreamed up by founding designer Lori Weitzner, this creative wallpaper is a far cry from pasting up a few copies of The Sunday Times in your living room.
Using an age-old technology, strips of 100 percent recycled newspaper are handwoven on a loom and paperbacked for easy hanging. Newsworthy’s appearance is similar to grass cloth, with an unexpected and tactile touch from handmade artistry.
After launching Weitzner Limited in 2004, Weitzner was met with quick success and critical acclaim. Her fabrics and wall coverings grace celebrity homes, including those of Julianne Moore and Will Ferrell, and motion picture sets such as Gangs of New York and Mission Impossible.
Her designs are also used in numerous high-profile public spaces — most notably the Four Seasons hotels and Google’s New York headquarters.
This design is made from 70 percent post-consumer recycled newspaper and 30 percent paperbacked, water-resistant finish.
Because of its intriguing design and visual interest, Newsworthy was an instant customer favorite — leaving a heavy onus on Weitzner Limited designers to concoct a dazzling follow-up. The firm more than delivered with its knockout Cinema Posters design, featuring strips of recycled movie posters.
To create the design, recycled cinema posters are collected, cut into strips and woven “into a riot of color hinting at the drama, romance and action of the movies they once advertised,” the company writes of the product on its website.
The colorful strips reveal captivating details up close while creating an eye-catching texture from a distance that’s sure to spice up any accent wall.
The design is made from 70 percent post-consumer cinema posters and 30 percent paperbacked, water-resistant finish.
Practically invented for the DIY lover, this stunning and minimalist wall covering features unbleached kraft paper as a natural canvas for home design possibilities.
“Kraft delivers style in a classic parcel, calling to mind the anticipation before unwrapping something beautiful or delicious,” the company says of the product on its website.
The design is made from 100 percent recycled kraft paper (30 percent post-consumer recycled), with a paperbacked, stain-resistant finish.
Around the World
For the travel junkie, you can’t get much better than an accent wall made from the remnants of journeys gone by.
As a nod to the explorer within, this design features a colorful collage of maps from all over the world — handwoven on a nylon wrap for easy hanging.
Look closely, and you’ll notice the familiar stars of capital cities and the light blue lines of rivers and streams from around the globe. At a distance, the design creates a three-dimensional texture that’s sure to attract some attention.
This design is made from 70 percent paper maps and 30 percent paperbacked, water-resistant finish.
Hot Off the Press
After the success of Newsworthy, Weitzner knew there was more she could do with the ever-present newspaper.
Made from recycled newsprint and natural salago fiber, this design gives a more subtle nod to the written word while still providing visual interest.
“Word fragments layered into a dreamlike collage show a softer side to the press in this nonwoven material composed of recycled newspapers,” the company says of the product on its website.
From afar, the design looks like a unique smattering of color and texture. But up close, you’ll notice bits and pieces of words from the original newsprint, layered with fibers for a one-of-a-kind appearance.
The design is made from 100 percent pulp (70 percent post-consumer recycled newspaper and 30 percent natural salago fiber).
For a few do-it-yourself paper décor solutions made from your own recyclables, check out these crafty ideas for old books and maps, magazines, and paint swatches for head-turning home design without the waste.