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34 Cover Feature
scratching the surface
Surface designer Lars Contzen explains to Stacey Sheppard how he pushes
the boundaries of decoration through his use of pattern, colour and form
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only produces designs for wall coverings
and flooring, but also furniture which
eccentric décor in vibrant colours with a complements the collection.
twist of modern retro is the signature of “If I understand a whole room as a
german surface designer Lars Contzen. picture, I have to compose all elements
His designs can be described as a mixture to get a homogenous result. My idea is to
between art and graphic design and his find an overall solution for the different
collection offers plenty of different material interior materials, to create a concerted and
choices from wallpaper to carpeting independent world. In general, I like the idea
and laminate to printed glass, all with a of conceptual things from one source.”
consistent design. When examining the collections a
aiming to distance himself from a form little more closely, it is easy to see that the
of minimalism which is purely functional, inspiration for the décor is often followed
Contzen tries to bring as much emotion into through with the furniture. appearing very
a room as possible and feels it is important much like 3D versions of the graphics used Above: Pearls on a lounge table
to create a mood and atmosphere in a on the 2D surfaces such as the walls, the
Top: Big Matchbox presentation of
given space. In order to achieve this, he not furniture is deliberately designed in this way. the new Klick Laminate by Parador
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