As it predictably does, fabulous and the fantastic design — and plenty of hotties — dominated all 145,000-square feet of this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair. And when I made the trek to ICFF’s home at Manhattan’s mammoth Javits Center this past weekend, I got an eyeful of it from solar-powered luxury chicken residences to designer CFL bulbs to a “stylish and considerate” toilet seat named Lou.

But for me, it was a less peacocky, non-three-dimensional design that stood out. And it came in the form of wallpaper. Yep, wallpaper.

The creation of scrap-happy Dutch furniture designer Piet Hein Eek, appropriately named Scrapwood Wallpaper is just that: wallpaper that mimics salvaged, weathered wood. So for those of you who've been searching high and low for an effective way to give your ordinary bedroom that time-worn outhouse look, here it is.

The non-woven, super hi-res wallpaper is washable and made in the Netherlands from FSC-certified paper. $199 will get you a 17.7" x 354" roll of Hein Eek’s faux-wood wallpaper (about $4.63 per square foot) that's available in six different elegantly distressed styles. While I'm guessing that dressing one's walls with planks of fake scrap wood isn't for everyone, I’m loving it. And so did a few other folks: Hein Eek walked away with an ICFF Editors Award in the wall coverings category. What do you think? 


Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

ICFF 2011: Scrapwood Wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek
Furniture designer Piet Hein Eeek extends his love of salvaged wood to the wallpaper department with Scrapwood Wallpaper, winner of an Editors Award at the 2011