“All of Us” is a group of four different wallpapers that work together to show a gathering of people that starts out as a very dense configuration then transitions to become more sparse as the panels move to the right. The first panel contains a very dense grouping of people, all standing packed in like sardines, not unlike passengers on the New York City subway. As the panels become less dense the people are shown engaging in a variety of pursuits, such as playing sports, painting, and napping. The design is printed in black on a white ground, which makes the design more minimal and not overwhelming. The figures are naively drawn in outline form but each is shown wearing a different outfit.
“All of Us” was designed to facilitate installation flexibility as three of the four panels can be repeated indefinitely to cover the desired space. The fourth pattern transitions from a higher to a lower density and can only be used between panels two and four. This paper was designed for a youth art workshop in Los Angeles. There are only a few designers creating these transition papers which fill a need in modern and contemporary architecture with the growing popularity of communal work areas, great rooms, and lofts. Transition papers are a good solution for these spaces as they create a subtle delineation between different areas without having to erect a physical barrier.
Pottok wallpapers are hand screen-printed in Los Angeles using recycled paper and water-based inks. No toxic materials are used in any part of the printing process, resulting in a healthier and more environmentally-friendly product that is both beautiful and durable.
McFetridge’s designs are playful, strong graphically, with each one telling a story. A graphic designer and artist, McFetridge was the winner of the 2016 National Design Award in the field of Communication Design.
Greg Herringshaw is the Assistant Curator in the Wallcoverings Department.