Monday, June 21, 2010

digitally mastered

When my brother was a kid, one of his bedroom walls was covered with a huge, grainy, black and white photograph of a 747 on a tarmack. The graininess of the photo created an almost pixelized design up close, but from a far {10 feet back} it almost felt as though you should have a lighted baton in each hand, directing the plane to the gate.
I was always a little envious that he had such cool walls and it has forever sat in the back of my mind {the internal design lab portion of my brain} as a, someday-somewhere-I'll-use-this, idea.
I have no idea where my father found that gigantic poster/wallpaper, but in the mid - 70s I don't think it was being digitally produced and most likely wasn't something easily accessible outside of the trade.
These days most digital print shops will recreate any image you give them on to paper or even canvas. For those a little timid about swathing the entire length x width- an enormous canvas can have great impact.
I keep thinking about the Eames 'House of Cards' . Some of those would be really fun on a playroom wall. If not used as wall covering, try them as a triptych using huge digitally printed canvas.
How about this one.... makes my skin crawl a little but perfect for a science lab.
Palate cleanser......
above photo:: Jeffrey Hirsch for New York Social Diary
One of my favorite boy's rooms is that of the son of photographer, Pieter Estersohn. Estersohn used one of his own photographs of a temple in India, digitally blown up, to create this stunning room.
The room itself is quite small yet the impact and depth of the photograph, visual creates space. The subject is so elegant, couldn't you see this in an woman's dressing room?
photo credit:: Pieter Estersohn
A few technical details: original images need to be at least 150 dpi and the cost runs around $5.00 per square foot.

9 comments:

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

love this idea too. that first image is a killer!

anne said...

When I was a kid, my brother had a Jimi Hendrix poster on the wall.

Kelle Dame said...

Awesome post Megan! That nursery is blowing my mind! What a great idea to use the photo for the walls...it looks so real!

Have a good night
Kelle
xx

Karena said...

Fabulous though aren't they, you can really create anything at all that your mind imagines!

Karena
Art by Karena

picketfencediaries said...

this was a really cool post.
I love the idea of covering an entire wall in an image but I think I'm too much of a chicken to do it in my own house.
love that kids room though!
xoox

VICKI ARCHER said...

Now I really want to do this somewhere.......xv

Catherine said...

Not sure I could cope with the huge bugs.

French Basketeer said...

Very cool, though I can do without the bugs.

Leigha said...

Love it. Trompe l'oeil for the more modern designer with endless possibilities.
For some reason, I love the bugs. So gross, and yet I love it.

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