MERENDA WALLPAPER is a New York-based contemporary wallpaper design, manufacturing and installation studio inspired by near and far away lands, graffiti, tattoo art, abandoned buildings, underground history and the impermanence of all things.
The design process ranges from photography to rubbings, illustration and painting, sparking viewers' imaginations of what came before, what will come after, what is beneath, and perhaps to catch a glimpse of how Nature always prevails.
SARAH MERENDA fell in love with textiles at a young age, collecting vintage clothing from a local auction house on the eastern shore of Maryland and later working at a vintage clothing shop in Baltimore. She grew up in old farmhouses, surrounded by wallpaper and has memories of her mother wallpapering the rooms with distinct patterns.
Relocating to Atlanta, GA in 1996, she followed her six uncles into the trade of hanging wallpaper. Sarah spray-painted on trains and abandoned surfaces to fulfill her love for graffiti art. Moving to New York City in 1999, she studied painting and drawing at Spring Studio in Soho. Merenda Wallpaper was created in 2004, while Sarah continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She received her BFA in Textile Surface Design and spent a semester abroad at the Chelsea College of Art in Design in London. The Queens design studio was opened in 2015.
MERENDA WALLPAPER’S mission is to create wallpapers that are contemporary and beautiful, sometimes quirky, inspired by nature, sensuality and the urban environment. With 20 years of experience installing wallpaper, our substrates are chosen for their ease of installation and eco-friendly quality.
Our Wallpaper is digitally printed at the Merenda Wallpaper studio in Queens, NY and hand-screened in New Jersey.