Interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer and mural artist Paul Montgomery have teamed up for a new wallpaper collection dubbed Wanderlust, featuring eight intricate designs inspired by Nussbumer’s world travels.
Known for her maximalist, fantastical design aesthetic, Nussbaumer’s wallpaper patterns unsurprisingly combine juxtaposing prints, vibrant colors, and fastidious details. The Dallas-based designer runs the Ceylon et Cie showroom and many of her inspirations for the Wanderlust collection come from her international journeys seeking inspiration and products for her showroom.
Montgomery has painted custom murals for interior designers for decades and his work features intricate detailing with an Old World touch—something Nussbaumer often embodies in her work, as well, resulting in harmonious collaboration.
The eight wallpaper designs from the Wanderlust collection are now available for sample pre-orders. Designs embody natural elements from countries around the globe, from China to Sweden and several others.
The Wanderlust Collection Wallpapers
For instance, the Coromandel design features a black backdrop with aged gold lead details, inspired by Nussbaumer’s journeys in search of Chinese Coromandel screens for her showroom. The wallpaper displays an incised color-like technique that traditional 17th-century Coromandel screens featured. The design is printed on metallic mylar to elevate the gold leaf’s impact.
Nussbaumer’s extensive collection of Chinese porcelain influenced the design for Far Pavilion, a white and blue wallpaper printed on nonwoven ground. Far Pavilion features classic motifs heavily repeated that form a window frame opening to a single tree branch with a contrasting delicate silhouette.
Framework details are consistent throughout the Wanderlust collection, including the Gustavia print that features ornamentations found in 18th-century Swedish castles. At the time, the Swedish royals combined French and Russian styles to create a rustic, naturalistic theme. Also printed on nonwoven ground, Gustavia mirrors the wallpapers ound in the Swedish Haga Palace.
In contrast to the whimsical elements of the Wanderlust collection, Marquetry features sharp lines and clean curves, but its wood-like appearance ties back to the collection’s natural influences. The company says Nussbaumer and Montgomery had hoped to work with a marquetry style, resulting in this Art Deco wallpaper inspired by the Chrysler Building’s elevator doors.
Pasha uses both mother of pearl and bone inlay printed on a metallic mylar as a callback to Nussbaumer’s work in Lebanon and Syria.
“This is something I have always wanted to bring to my clients in America, but never could the artisans come to execute this beautiful and intricate work,” Nussbaumer said of the Pasha design. “I was so thrilled when Paul was able to create this fantasy version.”
Both Montgomery and Nussbaumer adore the work of Italian designer Lorenzo Mongiardino, leading to the creation of the Renzo wallpaper design. Mongiardino was an architect, interior designer, and set designer—the latter title would creep into his residential designs. One way he did this was his use of faux marble, which Montgomery embodies in the Renzo wallpaper.
Rubaiyat combines Nussbaumer’s journeys through Turkey, Morocco, and the Middle East into a tilework wallpaper design. It features standout floral designs with light blues, deep reds, and golden yellows.
The designers embodied fabric tapestries from Rome with the Verdure wallpaper. It features a scenic view outlined in an ornate framework, which is traditional for 16th-century Verdure tapestries.