Erica Wakerly established her design label in the UK in 2006 after studying at the Royal College of Art. Awards have included the Elle Decoration ‘Best Wallcovering’ award for the ‘Homes’ design and Erica was named ‘Young Designer of the Year’ in 2007 at the Homes & Gardens Classic Design awards. Her full line of wallpaper & fabric is available to view and order through Spruce.
Process & Inspiration
“My wallpapers are printed traditional methods of wallpaper printing dating back to about 1900. Many of my designs are comprised of graphic lines or areas of flat colour, and printing in this way provides a physical layer of pigment, sometimes with a slight texture. This marriage of process, materials and graphic design is very important for my end product – something that ties in with Modernist principles – as it provides a depth and a physicality that cannot be achieved with digital printing.”
“Sometimes for my wallpapers and fabrics, I am inspired by taking one shape, and restricting a design to just that one element. For example, the wallpaper pattern ‘Block’ is comprised of a rectangle on its side. I restricted myself to using this simple shape when creating this pattern, and then explored colour and finish (the contrast of opaque pigment, translucent pigments and metallic finish). With my designs, I’m inspired by the spirit and philosophy of mid-century Modernism, in particular in terms of it being forward-looking and functional, working with space and light. While I think the aesthetic of my designs nod towards the mid-century, it is more important for me that I apply the philosophy of mid-century Modernism to create designs that are contemporary and relevant for today, rather than just appropriating nostalgic motifs.”