The year is 1927. The place, Rapallo, Italy. This is the setting of a brief yet fervent affair between the 17-year-old, French born Isadore and Captain De Bortoli, one which began and ended abruptly. What we know about these two lovers is loosely based on unreliable or at best questionable memories of the few witnesses still alive today.
According to the story, the young Isadore was so tormented by his love for another man that he walked into the sea. The Captain never recovered from this loss and finally after years of agonising mourning, followed suit.
He left behind a wife (but no children) who had known about her husband's secret. To honour him and in acknowledgment of the love she was unable to give him, she planted two burgundy bougainvilleas along the stairs leading up to Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro. in memory of her Captain De Bortoli and his Isadore.
This wallpaper touches on fragments of memories, intertwined with a stylized interpretation of the unruly rambling bougainvillea. ‘Isadore’ is a tale entirely fabricated by the artist, Ronelle Pienaar Jenkin.
• Each roll contains 3 panels, each 23.62" wide x 118" long
• Repeat: panels line up to create pattern
• Printed to order, 3 week lead time.
• Fire Classification Bs1-d0 (European) & ASTM 84 (American)
• Nonwoven substrate. PVC free and environmentally friendly Weight: 155g/m2 Thickness: 0.16 mm Printed with ECO friendly toner dry ink UV-resistant. No addition of formaldehyde or heavy metal compounds. Width: 60 cm (23,62 inch) Dry-removable: comes off easily. Matt finish Residential material
• Designed in Johannesburg, South Africa
Black illustration on a taupe background
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To that end we partner with young as well as established South African designers to create collections in line with our design philosophy. South Africa is a rich resource of raw and often untapped talent and our mission is to support and grow the local industry while building our own."