Piet Hein Eek’s NLXL collection makes trompe l’oeil wallpaper of Dutch marble floors, brick walls, and weathered scrapwood planks for people who hate wallpaper.

Unbelievably Realistic Brick, Marble, and Scrapwood Wallpaper for People Who Hate Wallpaper

Unbelievably Realistic Brick, Marble, and Scrapwood Wallpaper for People Who Hate Wallpaper

The Eye
Slate’s design blog.
Oct. 16 2015 9:14 AM

Unbelievably Realistic Brick, Marble, and Scrapwood Wallpaper for People Who Hate Wallpaper

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New trompe l'oeil wallpaper by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek was made using scans of a marble floor in an old building in Amsterdam.

Courtesy of Piet Hein Eek

Piet Hein Eek is a Dutch designer of magical things like the world’s coolest log cabin studio, a charming series of multicolored scrapwood furniture, and the award-winning trompe l’oeil scrapwood wallpaper for Dutch wallpaper company NLXL that he first produced in 2010 by scanning images of planks from his studio. His scrapwood wallpaper, which is now available in 70 countries and comes in a range of colors and patterns, is in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

This is the kind of wallpaper that people who think they hate wallpaper tend to fall in love with. While the art of trompe l’oeil always skates a fine line between beauty and tackiness, Eek’s wallpapers—which, like all of NLXL’s designs, stand out for having no repeats—have an astonishing realism and ability to add believable character to ordinary spaces.

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Close-up of black marble wallpaper.

Courtesy of Piet Hein Eek

The Eindhoven, Netherlands–based designer, who recently signed on to create a limited-edition furniture collection for Ikea in 2017, has just released a new collection of material-based wallpaper designs for NLXL.

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The NLXL Materials collection includes trompe l’oeil marble in black and white, created from imagery scanned from the floor of an old building in Amsterdam.

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White marble wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek.

Courtesy of Piet Hein Eek

A new burnt scrapwood wallpaper was made in collaboration with Dutch designer Maarten Baas, who is known for his series of fire-blackened, epoxy-covered Smoke furniture. 

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Burnt scrapwood wallpaper made in collaboration with Dutch designer Maarten Baas, who is known for his fire-blackened furniture.

Courtesy of Piet Hein Eek

The collection also includes a new deep-blue scrapwood design. “People ask me for a blue wallpaper all the time,” Eek said in a press release, “so when these blue planks came in at the workshop I knew we had to do it.”

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Blue scrapwood wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek.

Courtesy of Piet Hein Eek

Trompe l’oeil brick wallpaper in black and silver gray, once again inspired by materials at hand, is a change from the usual exposed or white-painted brick.

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Silver gray brick wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek.

Courtesy of Piet Hein Eek

“In my factory in the Netherlands we have a lot of brick walls,” Eek said. “Not the nice New York exposed brick kind, but the ugly kind. We decided to simply paint them.”

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Black painted brick wallpaper Piet Hein Eek.

Courtesy of Piet Hein Eek

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.