Flavor Paper has teamed up with French artist Ara Starck to introduce Vortex: an immersive room scale painting with tremendous depth. Created layer by layer from original artwork, Vortex is one of Flavor Paper’s most complex wallpaper designs to date, both in process and effect. Taking inspiration from the dynamic, fluid nature of a vortex: a swirling mass that pulls things to its center, the idea began when Ara Starck and Jon Sherman, founder and creative director of Flavor Paper, worked simultaneously on atmospheric elements of the SLS Hotel Miami in 2012. The earliest elements of Vortex stemmed from this project and upon its completion, both agreed the styles and techniques could be merged to create a sum greater than its parts. After nearly a year of working from concept to creation the massive Vortex mural has emerged as the harmonious result.

Working much like a Vortex itself, Starck and Flavor Paper combined multiple techniques for a unique process. Created by layering, two main techniques were used: charcoal and oil painting. Both were utilized for their most essential values – charcoal for its rough, grounded strength and oil painting for its ethereal, sensual intimacy. The two separate art pieces were digitally merged into one swirling, poetic design. With the charcoal rendered as a half tone, it holds its form but becomes entwined with the oil painting. It is impossible to spot where one piece begins and another ends. Printed at room scale, the brush strokes (and even a few loose bristles) make the viewer feel as if they too exist within a painting.

Vortex Cutsheet

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  1. Eco Smooth Matte

    Economical, lightweight, Eco-friendly (PVC-free, recyclable, breathable, FSC sourced) 54” wide wallcovering with a smooth matte surface. Class A fire rating. Slightly transparent, so walls should be primed white prior to installation. Printed with water-based, odorless, Greenguard certified latex inks.

    $10.00 per SF
  2. Eco Textured Matte Type II

    Type II Commercial, Eco-friendly (LEED accredited, PVC & POA-free, 31% recycled material content, recyclable, highly breathable) 54” wide wallcovering with a lightly textured matte surface. Class A fire rating. Printed with water-based, odorless, Greenguard certified latex inks.

    $12.50 per SF

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Estimated Quantity adds an additional 15% based on your wall dimensions to allow for installation waste. That said, we recommend a professional installer to provide you with exact quantities required for your job and as such Flavor Paper is not liable for incorrect quantities.

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Flavor Paper produces wallpaper by hand screened and digital printing, sometimes both for special projects. All aspects of production are in-house, so we can maintain our exacting perfectionist standards. We use water based or eco-solvent inks to be as green as possible and only print on the finest materials. Flavor Paper quality is unsurpassed. All Flavor Paper is produced to order, so you are free to interchange colors and grounds with handscreened wallpaper and can choose scale and colors for digital wallpaper. It’s your world. Get what you want.

Installation Guides

Wallpaper installation is a serious craft and takes many years of practice and experience to become a master hanger. Flavor Paper prints on some finicky materials with matches and layouts that can get confusing so, for the sake of your walls, we highly recommend using a professional installer.

You can find a qualified local wallpaper installer through the Wallcovering Installers Association.

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