Photo: Brooklyn Museum via Marta Kochanek
The Brooklyn Museum, which houses the second largest art collection in all of New York City, recently selected six patterns from award-winning design company Trove to induct into its permanent Decorative Arts Collection. Trove, which was founded in 2006 by Jee Levin and Randall Buck, is known for their innovative and artistic approach to design. Based out of Manhattan, Trove's collection is both designed and produced in New York City— a factor that played an important role when it came time for the Museum to make its selections.
This is the second time that Trove's designs have been acquired for a permanent collection; the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum procured two prints in 2009. The inclusion of the large-scale designs, which are derived from original paintings, drawings, and photographs, establishes Trove's importance in the history of wallpaper.
Introduced as part of the science-inspired collection of 2012, August reinterprets past queens from Denmark, Japan, Romania, Greece, Prussia, Italy, and India to portray their present day anonymity.
Based on an historic photograph of the famed Venice opera house, Teatro La Fenice, Fuoco plays with the concept of the beholder versus the beholden. The original photograph was taken after the theatre was rebuilt following a fire that completely destroyed it in 1836. The rebuilt theatre, from which the pattern is constructed, no longer exists as it once again burnt to the ground in 1996.
Auva is created from a series of paintings by both Buck and Levin. It is one of the first patterns in their collection to establish a horizon line on the wall. The historic language of wall covering has been the repetitive print of a motif or design to create pattern. With Auva, Trove established their unique definition of repetitive pattern.
A graphic tribute to film luminary Alfred Hitchcock, Indi feels like an action shot of a flock of birds in motion and conjures up visions of the great filmmakers’ masterpiece, The Birds. The intertwining pattern is formed by groups of blackbirds in full flight.
Alcyone is composed of water lilies, flowing downstream, or across the wall. This pattern also established depth as one of the staple design elements of Trove. The many layers and refractions of color in the water lilies portrays a sense of depth that transforms wallpaper beyond a two dimensional format.
Alula was created as part of Trove’s debut collection, which was inspired from New York City’s 100-year-old flower market in the middle of Manhattan.