Founded in 2006 in New York City, Trove is led by Jee Levin and Randall Buck, who are both accomplished artists and the creative force behind the brand. Randall Buck, a multi-media artist who works in time-based media, envisions pattern from an architectural perspective and engages technology in an effort to return the design work back to a finished form, which is tactile, distinct and inspired. The company employs technology that pushes beyond conventional manufacturing limits. Buck believes these innovations are essential to his evolution as a designer and the possibilities are limitless.
Jee Levin, who applies her technique and philosophy of painting to wallcovering design, seeks to create wallpaper that breaks all the rules by reimagining the current language of wallpaper from repetitive graphic patterns to organic imagery with less repeat and more of the random. Depth and perspective replace geometry and line.
The resulting wallcovering designs by Trove push the limits of scale and repeat with unique patterns that are 12 feet high and 3 to 6 feet across. As the founding partners of Trove, Levin and Buck aspire to merge art, design, and craft, mixing traditionally recognized decorative elements with nontraditional application and eco-friendly materials. Trove strives to create a product that is minimally harmful and least impactful to our endangered world. Levin and Buck’s work is a clever interpretation of the simple, yet fascinating beauty of our environment.
The full spectrum of Trove designs are available on innovative and award-winning materials, including– SILVER, a matte foil wallpaper, FSC-certified Printed Wood Veneer, the ground-breaking new StoneGround, an entirely tree-free wall”paper” made from ground stone and natural resin, as well as the high performing PVC-free Type II Redeux and the shimmering embossed Marquee. Trove’s full library of designs are also available as textured Window-Films, which add a striking aesthetic to any room when applied to windows, glass doors, shower doors, cabinetry, room partitions, and more. All of Trove’s wallcoverings are printed using high-quality non-toxic wax-based coatings and archival inks, which have a lifespan of 140 years. Trove’s expertly designed products are eco-friendly and recyclable.
Trove has won several awards, including two Good Design awards, two ICFF Editors Awards, and an Architectural Products Product Innovation award. Two Trove patterns have been acquired for the permanent collection at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and three Trove patterns were featured in their 2010 Triennial exhibit.
Randall Buck In addition to designing wallpaper for his company, Trove, Randall Buck is a multi-media artist who works in time-based media. His installation work employs light, motion and photography. After completing his graduate studies in fine arts at the Art Institute of Chicago, Randall returned to Minneapolis for a brief period where he met Jee Levin. Together, they opened a clay studio where they designed and produced pieces for Aveda. The two relocated to New York City in 1995, where Randall spent his first eleven years designing graphics, branding, and retail spaces for nationally located stores. Meanwhile, Randall and Jee spent two years developing the concept, aesthetic, and first range for the launch of Trove in 2006. As a designer, Randall envisions pattern from an architectural perspective, which is evident in Trove’s work. The company employs technology that pushes beyond conventional manufacturing limits. Randall engages this technology in an effort to return the design work back to a finished form, which is tactile, distinct and inspired. He believes these innovations are essential to his evolution as a designer and the possibilities are limitless.
Jee Levin Jee Levin wanted to make wallpaper that broke all the rules by setting out to elaborate the current language of wallpaper from repetitive graphic patterns to organic imagery with less repeat and more of the random. Prior to launching Trove with Randall Buck at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York in 2006, Jee spent eleven years working in the still life photography industry. As an artist, Jee is a painter, working primarily in encaustics, a medium that emphasizes layering of translucent images formed by pigment mixed with beeswax and tree resin. Jee applies the similarities in technique and philosophy of painting to wallpaper with her designs for Trove.
As the founding partners of Trove, Randall and Jee aspired to merge art, design, and craft mixing traditionally recognized decorative elements with nontraditional application and eco-friendly materials. Trove strives to create a product that is as minimally harmful and least impactful to our endangered world. The company continues to update their resources using the latest products available, in order to be as green as possible while still meeting the codes and regulations required for commercial applications. Through Trove, Randall and Jee hope to make the world a more beautiful place to live both in decoration and by promoting responsibility and renewal of our world’s resources.
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