Natural Patterns

Among the many wallpaper designs at ICFF, Carly Margolis’s silk-screened patterns stand out for their graceful modernist take on natural environments. One illustration, of silhouetted birds perched atop spindly branches, depicts an actual tree near the Brooklyn office of Margolis’s studio, Cavern. She and her partner, Ophir Tanz, met when they were both seventh graders in Los Angeles, and she later enlisted his help in a short-lived project of static-cling wallpaper that eschewed adhesives. The small bicoastal design company started in earnest only a year ago, but already Margolis is planning to move into textiles, bedding, and even furniture, and she has a wallpaper series decorated with blind-contour drawings of hands and feet in the works.

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