Every which way

Blik, the innovative maker of self-adhesive wall decals, Pattern Wall Tiles and Surface Skins, has teamed up with graphic designer Spires to launch a new line of self-adhesive patterns based on his geometric artwork.

The collection launches with five Pattern Wall Tiles designs: blykk lyyzt; byy byy july; dymmnd ryyt; tryypyzoyd; and nwwtryllz.

Say that again?

Don’t let the quirky names fool you: these are sophisticated designs. Layering shapes, colour values and distressed textures, Spires’ designs juxtapose structure and randomness. The use of isometric lines reference architecture and the geometry is well suited to Blik’s Pattern Wall Tiles.

“From the first time we came across Spires’ artwork, we became obsessed with his geometric and linear designs,” says Scott Flora, Blik co-founder. “We immediately thought they would look great on a wall – and we were right.” 

So why the unusual names? Spires intentionally alters the spelling of the names of his designs for ambiguity as he wants each viewer to interpret the designs for themselves. So there is no wrong way to install these Pattern Wall Tiles. The tiles can be flipped, rotated and applied to a wall at random.


Pattern Wall Tiles were developed for renters as an easy alternative to traditional wallpaper. Pattern Wall Tiles bring pattern to surfaces that may not be ideal for full coverage. Create an accent over a bed, behind a chair, on an interior door or kitchen cabinet or frame a small section of a wall. The tiles are self-adhesive and can be repositioned and moved easily. They are completely customizable and can be cut, crafted, and arranged in a number of ways. Rotate them, combine patterns and use on any smooth flat surface.


Inspired by ultramodern and minimalist styles, and intrigued by the idea that style can be substance, graphic designer Spires produces patterns that work as vehicles for coloUr. By combining shape, value and texture, Spires’ geometric designs juxtapose structure and randomness, artifice and nature, and the mechanical with the organic. The patterns can be striking, but also immersive as one explores their illusions of depth. Originally from Bristol, RI, Spires currently works from his studio in New Bedford, MA.

For more information,visit www.spires.com


For 10 years, Blik has been the leading designer and maker of innovative self-adhesive, removable surface graphics. Co-founded in Venice, CA in 2002 by architect Scott Flora and food editor Jerinne Neils, Blik is an exploration into the concept of the “wall as canvas.” Today, through groundbreaking production methods, original design and collaboration with such artists and brands as Threadless, Upper Playground, Sanrio, Keith Haring Estate, Nintendo and Charles & Ray Eames, Blik is an I.D. Magazine Product Design Distinction Award Winner and participated in the esteemed Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial. In 2010, Blik was named one of Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Brilliant Companies. The full Blik product line is available online and at retailers worldwide.

For more information, please www.whatisblik.com.