Eley Kishimoto

We are in a small studio in Brixton. The sun is hitting the bollards on the side of the road, casting a shadow onto the pavement, creating the most unusual symmetrical design. 

Both Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto reckon, that is what gave one of their designers the idea for a print named "Sun-loving bollards". The British fashion and design company Eley Kishimoto was founded by Mark and Wakako in 1992. They had met in New York three years earlier, and the rest is a colourful, vibrant, print and pattern- heavy history. 

After over two decades in the fashion world, both felt it was time to explore new territory, so they started working with wallpaper printing. 

Central Saint Martins supplied a printing table and they did their first wallpaper collection, using 12 archive patterns from previous collections with five to six colourways each.

The results are a beautiful fashion- art crossover, one that you can acquire for your own four walls. Sun loving bollards in your sitting room? Why not we think.  

With a client list that includes Tatler and Vogue - the paper engineer offers some insight into turning flat sheets into amazing 3D art