Wallpaper printing company
We haven’t always been the champions of bespoke we are today. We started off with an idea and the passion to carry us along. Our First business was under the name Great Wall Custom coverings in 2004. This company was more of a boutique printing company that was geared toward the residential client. We mostly produced custom wall murals on wallpaper based on our library of high quality photographs. In working with clients we started becoming a full service graphic design company to create original murals using all sorts of artistic influences and motifs. Our clients’ vision became our only goal. This was very successful for us but was limited by the amount of design time we had for each project. We also started getting requests for wallpaper reproductions of patterns that were out of print. We would digitally scan the sample and recreate the pattern to produce new rolls. This service was not available elsewhere at the time and became a valuable resource for our clients and interior designers alike. As time went on we evolved again. Designers wanted to produce wallpaper patterns of their own design and we obliged once more. Private label relationships became a significant portion of our business.
After seeing the success of Private label printing, we started to generate our own line of patterns. Being in Detroit has shaped our design language and patterns in ways that we felt were unique to our part of the country and worth exporting to the rest of the nation and the world. With the addition of our online custom color tool, we started The Detroit Wallpaper Company in 2012 strictly devoted to our patterns and colors and their customization. In a few short years we have risen in the interior design community to become a very active member of this thriving industry. Our passion has served us well. Even though we are by comparison still a small company compared to the giants in the wallpaper industry we have been able to carve out our place and are here to stay.
We now offer many different types of wallpaper from our standard eco-friendly material to our commercial material options and even a digitally printed metallic grass cloth, pioneering the technique. We look forward to the future to continue to innovate our line of patterns and material types and are currently exploring the new horizons of 3D digitally printing and textiles. Keep an eye on us. The best is yet to come.Here at The Detroit Wallpaper Company we are committed to art and design but not at the expense of our environment. We are striving to produce our custom wallpaper in the most socially responsible ways we can.
The largest component of our wallpaper is as you guessed the paper. The paper ground that we print most of our residential products on is a PVC free paper that is sourced here in the US. The wood pulp is comprised of 10% post consumer waste and the rest of the pulp comes from FSC certified forestry practices. 'FSC' stands for Forest Stewardship Council, an organization that works to promote the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide. The Forest Stewardship Council sets standards for forest products, independently certifies that these standards have been met, and bestows their labels upon the products that qualify. FSC certification gives customers the option to choose forest products like paper and wood that have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner.
Ink is the next major component of our production process. We choose Latex inks to print with for a few reasons. Latex is water-based and produces a durable finish. It contains no harmful chemicals and is odorless. Pets and children are safe in homes with The Detroit Wallpaper Company line of custom wallpapers.
The Detroit Wallpaper Company goes one step further to reduce our corporate carbon footprint. We have even been thoughtful about our designs as well. Our patterns are primarily straight match and we can produce custom roll lengths. This allows our clients to order only the yardage they need and reduce waste yet again. We want to make sure as little of our wallpaper as possible ends up in a landfill.
Our ecosystem doesn’t stop at our property lines and we are committed to do whatever we can to help heal the planet.Detroit has long been a bastion of design and artistic expression. Certainly the most well known facet of Detroit design relates to the auto industry. The automakers have provided a haven for designers to spread their creative wings and influence how Americans move. But today, an exciting renaissance of Detroit design doesn’t impact the way we move, but how we rest, and enjoy the sanctuary of our homes.
There is an evolving cornucopia of Detroit-area based designers and makers creating home goods, enabling the consumer in the know to design every aspect of their abode with products from the Motor City.
The backdrop to this renaissance is a town emerging most recently from bankruptcy, and before that, decades of a racially steeped downtrodden economy that drove down prices and opened the door to a creative group of outcasts who go against the grain; a cohort whose mission is to create in a city known mostly to outsiders for ruin.
The work coming out of Detroit’s newest startups is certainly buoyed by area designers who have weathered the storm of economic desolation. Folks like Richard Bennett, who has been creating sculptures and home goods for decades. Pewabic, a pottery studio operating in Detroit since 1903, has inspired generations with classes and outreach.
Building upon this foundation, there is a staggeringly wide array of products by makers, from home goods to high-end furniture. Alex Drew And No One hasreceived high praise for their Golden Blaze table and a new line of mirrors. Ali Sandifer makes stunning modern furniture, offering customization to accommodate client’s home sizes and needs. Hunt & Noyer produces unique furnishings with classic dovetail jointing that is awe-inspiring
Another maker practicing classic craft is Smith Shop, a blacksmith studio whose enviable signature serving ware set is only one of their offerings, alongside jewelry and custom work.
Blight and ruin porn has widely filtered into people’s perceptions of Detroit. But while some view these husks of homes as merely eyesores, creative companies see something entirely different. Indeed, what is old is new again with makers using reclaimed materials from Detroit’s rampantly available abandoned housing stock.
Leadhead Glass deconstructs old windows and flooring to create terrariums. Mutual adoration uses reclaimed wood to create a line of home goods ranging from serving trays, picture frames, and furniture as well. Workshop, housed in the iconic Fisher Building, creates modern furniture from reclaimed wood – their Grand Blvd. collection used 2x4’s to stunning effect.
It is impossible to discuss Detroit’s design community without mentioning the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, better known as DC3. The non-profit helps to position and grow Detroit’s creative economy through a number of initiatives, but most excitingly, DC3 spearheaded Detroit’s recent designation as a Unesco City of Design. DC3 had certainly illuminated the local design scene, but with the city of design designation, that illumination has become a spotlight, highlighting the creative culture of Detroit to the world.