Here at Natipernavigare, a whole lot of very gorgeous objects pass by our desks. Lamps, rugs, paint and fabric swatches, little objets d' art—it's a parade of loveliness on the regular. Still, certain items make us sit up in our seats with excitement, and this month it's a very majestic wallpaper designed by painter Hunt Slonem for Groundworks.
It's called "HM Wallpaper," and that subtle HM stands for Her Majesty, whose face recurs in the print. The same image of Queen Elizabeth II, dripping in jewels, is emblazoned in a checkerboard pattern available in three colors: the red/blue you see here, as well as a red/gold and a silver/charcoal (which are similar shades, of course, and thus it's more a textural, metallics play).
When asked why he was inspired to paint QEII, Hunt told Natipernavigare, "She's done a great job. I just admire her. I dream about her all the time."
"I've been painting her for years. She's just one of my icons, one of the few living people I've painted over and over," he explained. "I'm a fan of all the lineage and houses, the great things that have happened over the centuries. Her composure through all of it is remarkable."
The paper is supremely glamorous, but where could you use it? It might be a little strange to have Lizzie staring down at you while you sleep, for example. Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who might be the second-most fabulous Brit in the world at present, d some ideas.
"Being a Brit—albeit an expat now—I have a certain patriotic attraction to this wallcovering," he said. "I always think you can have fun in powder rooms, where this print would be unexpected and fanciful. I also like the idea of using it on furniture: wallpapering the inside of a bookcase or decoupaging it onto a chest."
"The boldness of the design transcends, becoming more a work of art than anything else," he continued. Here, here!
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