Rachel Cope on Finding Beauty in Troubled Times

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Rachel Cope, Creative director of Calico wallpaper, the wallpaper company that she founded with her partner Nicholas Cope in 2013.

For this week’s milkshake, we asked Rachel about a design hurdle – something that looked simple but wasn’t. Your answer: the process behind Oceania, a beautiful new wallpaper collection inspired by the depths of the sea. “I created [Oceania] with a salt-resistant process by sprinkling salt into a watercolor, ”she says. “And I had to do that on a very large scale to make a non-repeating mural – I found that quite a challenge.”

We also talked to her about her family’s decision to swap Brooklyn for rural New York upstate – and how this move and challenging moments have spurred her creative development over the past year. “Now that I’m in nature, I feel even more inspired by my surroundings and have more mental space and time to really focus on the design process,” she says. “I also made a little more of my personal work. At the height of the pandemic, I had a lot of time with my kids and needed some kind of creative outlet – so I started painting watercolors with them and in the end I loved how they turned out. I was able to channel all my fear into these works of art. ”These pieces will appear in a new collection that will be launched this fall.

Also in this milkshake: the biggest mistake people make when thinking about wallpaper for their own home. Tune in for professional advice on how to make this important decision.

Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.

Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry experts to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. In their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.

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