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Monkey Around

There’s no reason to play it straight when you can engage in a little whimsy where walls are concerned.

The Lee Jofa showroom at the Galleria Design Center carries Cole & Son wares.


Imagine strolling through Venice’s grand Procuratie to discover primates playing on its classical arches and ornate balustrades. It’s a surreal scene to envision, especially since the Napoleonic architectural wonder overlooking the Piazza San Marco is currently undergoing a major renovation by architect David Chipperfield. But believe this with your own eyes: This season, the fantasy plays out on wallpaper. Originally drawn in intaglio style by Italian artist Piero Fornasetti, the third collaboration from British wallpaper brand Cole & Son and the estate of the late surrealist has the mischievous monkeys jumping across surfaces far beyond the sinking city. Procuratie con Vista wallpaper in Soot and Snow, $316 per roll, Lee Jofa, San Francisco,

Originally published in the December issue of Silicon Valley

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