Dutch designer Stefan Hengst launches SIGLO, a series of Trompe L’oeil panels based on Spain d.d. 1919. With Siglo, designer and artist Stefan Hengst, takes his surface design to a new level. The introduction of this modular panel system is in harmony with Stefan’s line of wallcoverings, each of which is created around a theme. Siglo is based on vintage photos of Spain and aligns with his debut wallpaper collection, Andaluz, which was inspired by Moorish architecture. By recontextualizing the photographs with a subtle layer of handicraft (the application of mica fragments), the panels in the Siglo collection highlight Stefan’s comprehensive approach to image creation. The process of maturation and transition is expressed in the impressions of trees and architectural elements that comprise the collection. These trick the eye in showing us there is neither beginning nor end, only an unfolding awareness of the cycles of nature. The shadow of these photographs lives in a new light as we include them in modern, urban living and gathering spaces. Stefan plans to edition a distinct collection each year, all playing upon the conceit of Trompe-L’oeil, and all with a subdued patina and sense of timelessness.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
As a graphic designer and artist, he sees objects as shapes, lines, and forms with surfaces upon which to tell stories. Walls or objects can act like a second skin where we can project images and narratives: Whether it’s the stark white walls of an art gallery or a weathered fresco — walls do talk. And when we listen and look past the exterior, we can translate the interior messages and reach a bigger audience.
His photographic designs and wall coverings function as a screen where you can project and imprint your personalized ideas. Stefan is drawn to architectural motifs and urban landscapes that invite in nature to create warmth and history while leaving behind a personal imprint. The images work in tandem with the surface or objects that they cover — ceramics, glassware, furniture and textiles for now — but it’s the possibilities of the materials that leads him in new creative directions.
His work as a designer spans more than 24 years. Dutch-born and raised, he now call New York home, and believes that the home is a work of art.