Coco Coromandel - Custom Blue
Dimensions: de Gournay wallpapers are produced as panels in any height up to 4.3m. Total panel length is 0.60 more than the chosen design height when ordering via the straight run method and 0.30m more than your wall height when ordering via the tailored method. These wallpapers are 0.915m wide after trimming except where marked. Customisation of design elements, colourways and panel heights are fully available though subject to additional charge.
Details: Inspired by original Chinese Lacquered screens exported from East to West in the 17th Century, ‘Coco Coromandel’ evokes the wonder of ancient trade routes whose passage to Europe revealed never-before-seen decorative luxuries from previously hidden lands.
The title of the design refers not only to the Indian coastline from which they were shipped but also the well documented enthusiasm for their exquisite craftsmanship possessed by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel – the iconic arbiter of 20th century sartorial style – whose Paris apartment at 31 Rue Cambon used 8 of her 32 strong collection as decorative display and to provide elegant structure to her interior.
Painted by hand onto a traditional Chinese ‘Edo Xuan’ rice paper, de Gournay’s painterly interpretation of a section from one of the Chanel Coromandel’s captures the jagged and energetic spirit of the original carved artwork. Phoenix, Peacocks and Peonies adorn the display in a scene of stunning intricacy that mimics the traditional lacquer finish technique of “Kuancai”, which emerged from the Ming Dynasty between 1368 and 1644.
Soaring birds fill the animated composition amidst swirling clouds, blooming camellias and gnarled trunk roots. The monochromatic standard colourway suggests the subtle, mother of pearl inlay that would have depicted similar scenes on traditional models, whilst an alternative special colourway employs a striking blue palette against the translucent paint work.
‘Coco Coromandel’ showcases not only the fascinating research into the history and narrative behind each new design, but also de Gournay’s expanding technical abilities in the creation of their hand painted wallpapers – each one a finely crafted work of art, akin to the centuries old works they reference.
Installation 1: Photography by de Gournay
Installation 2: Interior design by Oitoemponto. Photography by Philippe le Berre
Installation 3: Interior design by Barbara Ostrom. Photography by Phillip Ennis