Inke is a Dutch company which is based in Leiden, a town north of Rotterdam. It deals with the production and marketing of a unique product, available in many models: decorative wall stickers made with vintage wallpaper. The idea of these large stickers took shape in the mind of a Dutch mother, Inke Heiland, a designer and graphic who wanted to decorate the room of her children using recycled materials: and this is how the first objects were born that over time have become part of the collections of the brand which was named after the only designers who works there. Thanks to the commercial and productive ideas of two dear friends of hers, Inke Heiland has been able to give birth to a thriving company which sells her famous wall stickers all over the world starting with a production site in Leiden.
The themes of INKE
INKE products are mainly wall stickers, designed to decorate the children's room, but that are also suitable for decorating any bedroom or living room. These stickers are all quirky and original: they are silhouettes of trees, elephants, clouds full of rain, giraffes and so on. Any decorative item that comes from this company recalls the colours of the decorative vintage wallpaper typical of the '60s and ‘70s. So INKE's stickers are not just forest animals or trees of the wood, but they are stylized images which borrow the designs from the past, obtaining a very special and original visual impact. Inke Heiland has begun to prepare her special decorations, those she used in the bedroom of her children, by cutting them straight from vintage wallpaper. Even today the company in which Inke Heiland participates does not use vinyl sheets or other plastic material for the production of the typical decorations, but real wallpaper.
What you buy with an INKE decoration
Whatever the choice, INKE stickers are packaged together with the classic product to make wallpaper paste and with a large soft brush. So they're not the classic modern pre-coated stickers with a protective film, but they are rolls of wallpaper cut in the most bizarre forms. The theme that has always inspired Inke Heiland is mature, and her trees, in different shapes, sizes and colours, are one of the most famous products of the company, and also the most iconic and typical. Thanks to the stickers sold by INKE you can create a real domestic forest, to dream every day or to encourage the children playing.
INKE products are still cut directly from the rolls of wallpaper; it is therefore possible to have them customized choosing colours and size. Clearly the collections are very wide, so it's not that hard to find the design that best matches the rooms of your house. The very original colours and the idea which is the basis of these designs provide a versatile use of the stickers in order to always obtain an impressive surprise effect. The material they are made of makes it possible to apply these wall stickers to any surface. The special glue in the confection allows an easy application, without bubbles or marks of any kind.
The art of recycling
The idea of Inke Heiland is to decorate the house using recycled products; or at least that's what she used to do a few years ago. The effect obtained today with INKE products is still very rustic and particular: the idea is to prepare a decoration which is contemporary but with a taste for the past and for the reuse of the objects from the ‘60s and ‘70s. For many people it is like evoking the memories of their grandparents' house which makes these stickers very impressive. The general look you get is that of something made by hand, an object drawn by children and cut by grown ups.
An artisanal company
Even today INKE prepares its wallpaper stickers exclusively by hand. Certainly the use of new technologies offers the chance to include in the production cycle also computers and printers, but the silhouettes are still cut by hand, using the classic wallpaper rolls. The edges are refined by a human hand which is the same hand that rolls up the freshly cut decorations and packages them for the clients. It is an artisanal production method based on a few tools for everyday use, without producing polluting substances and without requiring the work of a large number of workers. INKE is an eco-friendly company that hires only environmentally responsible and skilled workforce.
How you use the stickers
The wallpaper silhouettes sold by INKE are very versatile and can fit in any room of the house. The decoration is at the same time ultra contemporary and vintage, and it allows you to create an original setting, even with a single wall sticker. The sizes are generally very generous, so it is better to choose a bare wall, so as to leave space for the sticker to become the true protagonist of the scene. The best designs are certainly the trees, with birds chirping or colourful leaves. But a strong visual impact is provided also by animal silhouettes: a deer just came out of the woods, but also a giraffe, a huge rhino, an elephant or some small birds in contrasting shades of colour. It is not easy to choose a single INKE decoration to buy: if you like the style, you will immediately want to buy them all. There are also some items which are perfect to cover a lampshade or festoons to cheerfully decorate the room.
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