ISSUE 65  |  Belgium and Beyond

Design Sleuth: Photo Murals from Ixxi

March 25, 2013 3:30 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

To display 20,000 postcards for an exhibition, a Netherlands design team created Ixxi, a DIY wall art system that lets you clip and hang at will.

For years, I have been searching for an inexpensive and flexible way to hang our family photos, something that is easy to adapt over time as we acquire more images. I think I've found a solution: Graphic designer Roel Vaessen in conjunction with product designers Studio Parade, have come up with an easy-to-use system of clips for connecting images printed on squares. You can send your digital images to be printed on high-grade paper or choose a wall mural made from the company's extensive image bank (sources include the Riijksmuseum and National Geographic).

Above: An Ixxi display of Delft tiles acts as a room divider. Pricing starts at €26.50 for 12 cards; for more information, see Ixxi.

Above: A digitized collection of plates from the Rijksmuseum.

Above: Designer Roel Vaessen's kitchen has an Ixxi. "You can create your own piece of art for a reasonable price, which was a primary goal of this project," he says. For more on Vaessen's house, see Roel Vaessen in the Netherlands.

Above: The cards are held together by X-shaped clips.

Above: The Ixxi clip comes in white or black.

Looking for more ingenious ways to hang art? See 63 images of Hanging Art in our Gallery of rooms and spaces.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 2, 2012.