The Substance of Subtlety

Quiet depth defines Holly Hunt’s debut wall coverings portfolio
Woven wallcovering with a sisal rope covered chest of drawers in foreground.

Above Image: Bali in Dusk by Holly Hunt Walls


Holly Hunt, the master of clean-lined modernity, possesses a legendary eye for the subtleties of color and texture. Her pared-back aesthetic defined the understated palettes that are now synonymous with her brand, and her studio channeled that sensibility this year when producing its first in-house wall covering collection, Holly Hunt Walls. Quiet yet sumptuous, the range coordinates with her Great Plains fabric line, focusing primarily on subdued neutrals, high-impact textures, and natural fibers such as linen, cork, arrowroot, and jute. Holly Hunt has also brought wall covering houses Carlisle & Co. and Assemblage under her umbrella, showing all three companies’ collections at Kneedler Fauchère. Elegant hues, hand-sculpted surfaces, and natural materials—including silk, mother-of-pearl, beeswax, and shibori-dyed paper—push these wallcoverings even deeper into the realm of art.

“It’s all about the nuanced tones and shades we’re known for,” notes JoAnnah Kornak, Holly Hunt’s executive creative director and senior vice president, of the brand’s debut wallcoverings. Glazed Over, a subtly geometric paper weave made luminous with a metallic finish; Peaks and Valleys, a smart herringbone paperweave; and the stone-like Gibraltar are patterns that “pull light into spaces and become part of the interior architecture,” says Michael Pittman, vice president of Kneedler Fauchère.

Diamond woven pattern finished wallpaper.

Glazed Over in Antique Gold

Upholstered dining chair in front of a herringbone patterned wallcovering.

Peaks & Valleys in Indigo

Cork like surfaced wallpaper.

Gibraltar in Nutmeg

Carlisle & Co. is known for pairing the latest print innovations with handcrafted natural grounds, and the collection’s standouts include Alchemy, which features hand-applied hardwood strips set in a striking, trompe l’oeil lattice pattern, and Myriad, which ripples horizontally with soft, sculptural folds formed by hand and tipped with metallic foil.

Bolts of wallcovering.

Woven Linen by Carlisle

Modern loveseat with curved metal frames and upholstered back and seat with two pendulum lamps above and a grasscloth covered wall behind.

Abaca Horizon in Biscotti by Carlisle

Rolls of slubbed fabric wallcovering with metallic threads woven through.

Fusion by Carlisle

The Assemblage collection is entirely handcrafted to order, and among the most lavish, artisan-made wall coverings available. Working out of a converted seed mill in rural Arkansas, husband-and-wife team Christian and Heidi Batteau use no machinery and approach each project as a singular canvas. Traces of gold leaf, ink, shattered mica, and marble dust are artfully coaxed onto 30-foot sheets of handmade paper using centuries-old techniques. “Every material passes through the artist’s hand—even the pigments are handmade,” explains Kornak. Among the studio’s 29 customizable patterns is Abyss, which, inspired by the inside of a shell, shimmers with mica-infused paint encased in plaster. Lotic pulses with undulations created solely by hand movement, a method that takes years to learn. Oya unfolds in alternating layers of Venetian plaster and dye in a process that’s both additive and subtractive, then flash-gilded with metal power embedded in beeswax and buffed to a sheen. Each order is seen through by the same artisans for consistency.

Root-like random texture in concrete looking wallcovering.

Abyss in Stone by Assemblage

Vertical texture on wallcovering. Two lit candles in foreground.

Arashi by Assemblage

Shiny concrete looking wallcover.

Oya in Lavender Dust by Assemblage

For Kneedler Fauchère, Holly Hunt’s latest collections punctuate the showroom’s long-standing focus on artisanal wall coverings, which it recently sharpened by bringing all its brands into one gallery for easier scouting. According to Pittman, “Kneedler’s legacy began with Dorothy Kneedler’s representation of natural, high-quality woven fibers, so it’s fitting that we continue that strength.” 

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