Belfast-based Vacarda Design studio reinvents traditional craftsmanship
For the first time at Decorex International in London, Vacarda Design present its bespoke design wallcovering, artfully handmade with Italian plaster and natural textiles. By rein- venting traditional material and craftsmanship techniques, Vacarda Design creates unique artisan finishes and beautifully tactile wall products that exhilarate the senses and transform modern spaces.
Vacarda Design, founded by Tanya Vacarda in 2018, is a creative surface design studio that specialises in high-end artisan wall coverings with a textural appeal. Using Italian plasters and her own unique technique, Tanya creates exceptional artistic finishes and products that have the flexibility and mobility that a modern and more fluid way of life demands.
The studio often collaborates with local Northern Irish crafters, weavers, ceramists and embroider- ers to create haute couture decorative wall coverings, murals and artworks.
The inspiration for the Decorex 2019 collection of bespoke plaster murals, wall panels and unique plaster wallpaper finishes came from the dramatic Northern Irish scenery and the work of local art- ists and makers. Despite its Emerald Isle reputation, the region is saturated with warm colours, ranging from intense burgundy to various shades of clay. The works of local ceramists and weav- ers, with their clarity of colours and simplicity of texture, also inspired some of the studio’s tactile designs. Every piece of the collection is unique and handmade to order.
“Each project I work on is an exploration of tactility and the aesthetic and therapeutic value of handmade products. I believe that by creating unexpected textural effects with enhanced tactility we can make living spaces healthy, more meaningful and engaging for the senses. Our tactile senses are not often stimulated in the indoor environment; we rarely enjoy the sensations and heal- ing effects that touch can give. The enhanced handmade texture of Vacarda’s pliable plaster finish- es invites the simple act of touch and adds another sensory dimension to interiors. A touch encour- ages a pause, and a pause is the closest thing to meditation.”