Often those who work with sustainable design find themselves working against some all-too-common misconceptions. Namely: that environmental consciousness and luxury are incompatible, that “natural” means “limited palette,” that an Earth-friendly wall is dull.
With their line of wallcoverings, Weitzner Limited neatly puts all that nonsense to rest.
Although certainly luxurious in the sense of being well-crafted, Weitzner’s creations are also, by turns, whimsical, arresting, soothing, classical, or all of these at once.
“We like to challenge our client’s perception of what a wallcovering can be by creating innovative materials that evoke curiosity, calm and beauty,” touts the company website. “Then we add environmental consciousness and performance (class A ratings) into the mix.”
On offer are more than a hundred wallcoverings that contribute to LEED points. Many of the styles contain recycled pulp or rapidly renewable materials (derived from plants that are harvested on a ten-year or shorter cycle).
A star among these styles is Newsworthy, which is 100% recycled and recyclable. Newsprint strips are hand-woven on a loom and then paperbacked to make the product wall-ready. As an unexpected alternative to traditional grasscloth Newsworthy has many charms, among them true variability – the weave teases the senses and, on close examination, the brain, for all the thousands of tiny textual snippets beg to tell their stories.
Movie lovers will enjoy Cinema Posters, a similar product woven from reclaimed movie posters.
My personal favorites are Currents, which looks stunning framed between glass, and Eden, with which a designer could achieve some pleasing effects with light and shadow.
Special care must be taken while cutting all these products – Weitzner recommends using a new, clean blade for each cut – and several require dry cleaning. The website contains specifics on each design. It also features a specialized clickable search engine to help designers find the exact look they need.