Kyra and her husband Robertson founded Twenty2, a Brooklyn-based design shop producing a variety of textiles and wallcoverings. Their latest creation is Wallbands, a line of easy-to-apply, pre-pasted, washable wall patterns.
Kids really seem to dig our Wallbands. When we showed our 5-year-old nephew Brooks some early samples of our Wallbands collection, he immediately said, “I want to see all of them” and proceeded to spread them out on the floor and choose his favorites.
When we introduced Wallbands a couple of months ago at ICFF in New York, one of the visitors to our booth was an 8 year old girl who returned several times dragging her mother by the arm to discuss which band she wanted for her room- and she wanted to buy it right then. The cool part was that she ultimately chose a pattern and colorway that we considered our most “adult.”
This was so refreshing . . . it immediately made us recall our own first design projects . . .
Growing up, we were both allowed creative control over our bedrooms. Upon retelling of the many transformations of our childhood domains, we realize that we were each at our peak at about 11 or 12:
Rob had a family friend in the interior design business fabricate a custom bedroom suite to his specs – max headroom meets Andrew McCarthy. Sleek grey walls, and a coordinated suite of black laminate desk, dresser, side table, bookcase, and headboard with storage. His true masterpiece was a matching set of black wall mounted speaker cases (with black speakers and stereo).
At the same age, I was given full license to a third floor attic that my dad and I renovated to create an oasis. The open plan pre-teen suite – the “peach palace” – named for its monochromatic scheme carried through the wall color, bedding and wall to wall carpet. We designed and built an Asian inspired platform box frame so that my futon (yes futon) could float gracefully off the floor to complete the look.
If we had only been designing Wallbands back then . . .