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Bloomsbury in Brooklyn: Fabric, Wallpaper, and Ceramics by Wayne Pate

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Bloomsbury in Brooklyn: Fabric, Wallpaper, and Ceramics by Wayne Pate

March 13, 2018

Wayne Pate arrived in New York as a high school dropout from Dallas with no plans. Fortunately, he had a friend in advertising, which led to a starter position in the firm’s art department. Pate learned graphic design on the job and went on to spend years as an in-demand freelance art director and designer, creating his own street-wear line, doing graphics for the Gap, making prints–and, along the way, meeting his wife, New Zealand–born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor.

The couple have three children and live in a Brooklyn townhouse where Pate now devotes his days to making art. Studio Four NYC, a boutique fabric and wallpaper company based in Chelsea, discovered Pate’s work through fellow artist Rebecca Atwood and has just come out with its second Wayne Pate collection. Adapted from paintings in his sketchbooks, the designs hearken to Matisse’s Paris (think the Fauvists, Sonia Delaunay, André Derain), but with Pate’s own playful and graphic spin. Of late, he’s also begun doodling on ceramics and the occasional lampshade, which he sells, along with his paintings, on his website and via Instagram (@waynepate). Here are our favorites.

Photography courtesy of Studio Four NYC, unless noted.

pate at work in his brooklyn townhouse, which is featured in the april issue of 9
Above: Pate at work in his Brooklyn townhouse, which is featured in the April issue of World of Interiors. Photograph by Matthew Williams.

Wallpaper, Fabric, and Pillows

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Above: Studio Four NYC’s latest Wayne Pate designs include Casablanca Wallpaper; $67.50 per yard (five-yard minimum). “Based on my love for Moroccan tiles—the imperfections, the variations in color, the unevenness,” says Pate, the pattern comes in three colorways—ultramarine is shown here—and is also available as Marrakech Linen ($157.50 per yard) and Marrakech Pillows ($250).
Both are digitally printed the US—the wallpaper on clay-coated paper, the fabric on Belgian linen—and available both retail and to the trade. Ellen McCooe, Studio Four’s in-house textile artist, works closely with Pate to transform his paintings and sketches into finished repeats. “We love Wayne’s brushstroke style and are careful to preserve it,” says Kate Reynolds who co-owns the company with Stacy Waggoner.

petite seaweed linen, \$\140 a yard, is hand screen printed on belgian linen (a 11
Above: Petite Seaweed Linen, $140 a yard, is hand-screen-printed on Belgian linen (and also comes in green and orange). Pate notes that the organic, leafy motif is “reminiscent of Léger.”
lotus patterned trois blooms, \$67.50 per roll, is shown in blush. 12
Above: Lotus-patterned Trois Blooms, $67.50 per roll, is shown in blush.
exotic fruit wallpaper, a botanical stripe, is \$67.50 per yard; 8 by \10 sampl 13
Above: Exotic Fruit Wallpaper, a botanical stripe, is $67.50 per yard; 8-by-10 samples are $10. The design is also available with a gray background.
memories of his wife at their bungalow on shelter island inspired rebecca&# 14
Above: Memories of his wife at their bungalow on Shelter Island inspired Rebecca’s Garden Linen, $157.50 per yard. The Rebecca’s Garden Pillow is $295.
petite zoebel, which pate describes as &#8\2\20;two joined flowers,&#8\ 15
Above: Petite Zoebel, which Pate describes as “two joined flowers,” was named for his and Taylor’s twins, Zoey and Isabel. The Petite Zoebel Pillow is $250.

Ceramics

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Above: A commission to create a wall of plates for an art collector led Pate to start creating hand-painted ceramics. He now rents kiln space at Choplet in Brooklyn and sells his work himself: “I like having direct engagement with people interested in my work.”

Pate formerly focused on creating silkscreened prints, but now makes one-of-a-kind pieces.

the latest offering: a limited edition line of urns that pate created in collab 17
Above: The latest offering: a limited-edition line of urns that Pate created in collaboration with his neighbor, plaster artist Stephen Antonson (see his sculptural lighting in The Master of Plaster).

Lampshades

wayne pate lampshade
Above: Pate’s designs also work well on lampshades. These are painted with acrylics. Stay tuned at @waynepate for more.

Here are three more collections of wallpaper that we love:

Also take a look at DIY Walls: Tiles for Commitment Phobes.

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