Sometimes we can’t take all the credit 😉 !
Harriet, our customer, who is an interior designer, had the concept for custom murals to dress up her Hong Kong apartment, which as a rental, was lacking a way to decorate.
Her family had recently moved to Hong Kong for work. Not only was she looking for a viable solution to personalize her space without damaging the walls but she wanted to find a way to add visual impact.
She found a way by coming to us!
She discovered artwork via blog posts that she wanted to use, then contacted us to enlarge. We were happy to do the work but explained because the artwork was starting at a low resolution, it might not be as sharp once enlarged. After receiving rights of use from the artists, we first tested custom samples (at print size) of the Chopsticks Mural and a Blue & White China Vase and Plate options she had discovered. We were able to improve the quality, especially for the hand elements.
The original watercolor of the Blue China elements was not inadversely affected by the enlargement. In fact, the softened edges enhanced the watercolor medium used to create the artwork. Seeing the printed colors, we were able to adjust the cerulean color prior to printing the final versions.
Then, we were able to enlarge the artwork to fit the space. Harriet had already done a lot of the work by drawing parts of the Chopsticks Mural and taping them to the wall to give a visual sense of scale and layout.
The concept was to initially print the Chopsticks Mural with a plain-white, unprinted background. However, we suggested adding the Raw Silk design in a customized light gray color would soften the contrast of the hand elements and text than if printed without a background and also would add a dimension of texture. We also thought that this design would help expedite the installation because the faux seams within the design could be digitally moved in advance to the edge of each panel for printing. This way the seams could be easily overlapped and matched to the printed seams of underlying panels. This would keep the upholstered look and help balance the look of the mural.
After we printed and shipped overseas, Harriet was able to install with her husband. It became a family affair with her children filming. Here’s a two-part time-lapse that Harriet was so kind to send. It shows the ability to reposition mural panels if needed — something nearly impossible to do when hanging traditionally applied, permanent wallpaper.
Here’s some of what she had to say about the end results, “We got the mural up today. Looks great!”…The blue and white look fantastic…It was the right move to tone down the cerulean in the plate. The color is excellent…This looks great!“
It looks fantastic and who knew chopsticks could look so contemporary!
We can’t take credit for the idea. Harriet had the brilliant vision to create this design concept — all from a blog post she read! It not only looks wonderful but is instructional, particularly for her children, in how to “properly” use chopsticks. Therein, how appropriate that it dresses up the dining room. We can only take credit for the collaboration — in suggesting ideas to help enhance the project — including the file prep, printing and the comfort in knowing that she can take these murals with her when she moves. They will serve as fond reminders of her time in Hong Kong. Click this video link to see Harriet installing her mural. She got her whole family involved for a fun experience!
In addition to seeing the final results, working with our customers is the most satisfying aspect of the work at Casart Coverings. It is from this that we (and we hope our customers too) get the most reward. The imagination through co-creation becoming real.
Not only did Harriet’s Chopstick mural come out looking great but so did her enlarged Blue China Vase. Both are one of a kind. The Blue China Vase really enhances the room with its spectacular view overlooking the city.
We look forward to also seeing the Plate once it gets installed soon.
Meanwhile, Harriet has been involved in organizing a Secret Garden auction at her children’s school. Unfortunately international bidding isn’t available but Harriet intends on sending another movie with Casart Coverings’ Chinoisiere Panel 4 donation. We’re looking forward to seeing it. Thank you so much!!
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