Interior designer Lisa Kanning discusses her Montana ranch background and how those outdoor elements and textures influence this wallcovering collaboration with textile manufacturer Hartmann & Forbes.
How did your background influence the Hartmann & Forbes collection?
I grew up in Montana, but I knew there was more out there. I went to school on the East Coast, spent time in Florida, and now I live in New York. I was exposed to natural elements growing up on a ranch, but I didn’t embrace it at the time. Then once I started working as an interior designer in places like Telluride and Jackson Hole, I was able to appreciate the natural environment and the beautiful views of my clients’ homes. I’ve always been one to believe that your interior should reflect your locale. And then Hartmann & Forbes called to collaborate.
What are some of the materials and techniques at play?
They’re not just printed designs—they are textural. Hartmann & Forbes’ materials were exactly what I was looking for in my projects. Our collaboration is a natural pairing. Sycamore, for example, is layered with laser-cut cork, sisal, silver- painted paper and metallic embroidery, while Rocks is made with faux suede and stitching that creates a three-dimensional trompe l’oeil effect. And because the wallcoverings have reflective materials, the light hits it in a way that changes the colors and patterns throughout the day.
These wallcovering designs aren’t limited to country settings, right?
This collection allows for a large-scale installation of mother nature’s patterns anywhere! We took some of the rusticity out of the materials, which people tend to associate using in mountain regions, and added sophisticated elements like foils and shiny threads. These natural patterns would lend themselves beautifully to a more elegant, refined interior.