This striking new collection of mural designs by Murals Wallpaper takes inspiration from Modernist artist Edward Wadsworth's work, in designing over 2,000 Dazzle Camouflage patterns for ships during the First World War.
Form really does follow function when it comes to dazzle camo design - the creative 20th century tactic that saw art being used to protect war ships out at sea.
The Razzle Dazzle Effect
Painted most commonly as abstract patterns of intersecting black and white stripes, the iconic style of camouflage seems out of place when boldly covering the entirety of a war ship. But the aesthetic choice was a daring one that may have saved lives throughout both world wars, by puzzling other ships with an illusion created by the designs that made it difficult to tell which direction the dazzling ship was headed.
Some have claimed that dazzle designs are a type of Futurist art, while Picasso himself took interest in the style and disputed that it was born of his own preferred art form - Cubism. However, the camouflage creations were a product of the Vorticism movement; most notably of Edward Wadsworth, a British artist who was a key designer of original dazzle camouflage patterns.
Today, dazzle patterns are iconic designs with their bold black and white nature. With Maximalism on the rise, their influence can be spotted all over the modern interiors world, with the likes of the eye-catching IKEA x Bea Åkerlund collaboration, Rihanna's strong monochrome dining room styling, featuring a striped chair by Ballard Designs, and the new Murals Wallpaper Dazzle Camo Collection.
The collection's designs take their names from real razzle dazzle ships, and have been created by the in-house designers to resemble Wadsworth's renowned stripe dazzle style.
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