Cope, refreshing painterly textiles

Splotches of watercolour and wildflower blooms are among the patterns seen in Cope’s collection of textiles.

The recently launched brand – founded by Rachel and Nick Cope as an accompaniment to Calico Wallpaper – will exclusively produce fabric and soft home furnishings. Based in Brooklyn, New York, the husband-and-wife duo is recognised for their printed wall coverings that often play with colour, texture and metallics.

Each one of their products begins with the artistic process. They experiment with technique and gesture, and explore the shapes and patterns that emerge organically from material and method, deeply inspired by natural landscapes, scientific phenomena and artistic practices.

The truly innovative begins in the details. Cope’s method embodies years of research in the various disciplines in paper marbling, which have spanned the globe. The arts of Suminagashi and Ebru, emanating from Japan and Turkey centuries ago are both evident in our inaugural collection.

Subsequent collections build on these traditions, incorporating new techniques, materials and technologies. “It is our expansion of traditional practices that makes Cope truly unique. By drawing on the past, present and future, we create something entirely new.”