Objects, Rooms

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

March 26, 2012

Magnetic wallpaper? What? Oh yes, it was only a matter time after magnetic paint was all the rage. Here’s the skinny on magnetized papers… Xiang ‘Sian’ Zeng is a fab designer who recently reached out to me and I’m so glad because her textile and wallpaper collection for the young at heart is fresh and innovative. I’ve talked about her on decor8 before but her latest creations are undeniably darling. You’ll see what I mean in a second.

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Born in China, Xiang Zeng relocated to Hungary with her parents when she was a child, then moved to London and graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Textile Design. She now designs under her brand, Sian Zeng, with work inspired by fairy tales, imaginative scenes that play out in her mind, quirky interiors and fun ‘crazy’ patterns. With numerous awards to her name since graduating only three years ago, Sian is unstoppable and truly a lady to watch.

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

I like the screen printed stuffed gigantic scissors – so quirky! It is also worth noting that all wallpaper is printed in England using earth friendly inks on paper from sustainable forests and that some of the wallpaper is magnetic so you can stick things to it, including her very own magnets to fit the themes of the papers. You may order Sian’s work online here if you wish. Enjoy!

(Photos: Richard Clatworthy. Styling: Sian Zeng & Margarita Lorenzo)

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  • Reply Fiona March 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Very clever and charming!

  • Reply tinajo March 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Very creative, I like this! :-)

  • Reply Juliette March 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Oh this is a fun idea! I have to say ‘magnetic wallpaper’ makes me think right away of the ‘lick-able wallpaper’ from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, hee!

    Still, magnetic wallpaper is such a practical idea for a lot of rooms -and I love how she has her own magnets to go with it!

  • Reply Susan Graham March 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Holly – I love magnetized wallpaper for weddings. Frame them, hang them and use to display decor or momentos or even favors! Brilliant!

  • Reply Audrey - This Little Street March 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    this is the best idea ever! And these wallpapers are really gorgeous.

  • Reply Cynthia March 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    wow! this is amazing! magnetic wallpaper, i really like it!. They are fun and nice, great combination.
    Greetings form Argentina!

  • Reply Turquoise Lollipops March 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    That is brilliant and adorable. I want!

  • Reply lebenslustiger March 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    How genius is that! Love the fairyland design – maybe not on an entire wall though, but there are endless other possibilities…

  • Reply Nuit March 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    this wallpaper is a dream come true! GORGEOUSNESS overload. xo to you Holly!

  • Reply Bobbi March 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    My first thought was that my granddaughter would love this, but then I had to admit that I would be very distracted playing with the wallpaper all day!

  • Reply Sandra March 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Just when you think that they’ve thought of everything…not only are these lovely designs, the magnetic part is perfect! Fun and playful while also stylish – a perfect combination…

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang March 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Really, really wonderful! Love the photography.

  • Reply Michelle March 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    That is brilliant! Kids won’t even feel the need to draw on the walls anymore, lol.

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente March 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Oh…my. I love it! SO up my alley! So whimsical and sweet! Not to mention beautiful! Thanks for sharing this hunnie!

  • Reply Dani Boyd March 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    This is amazing! Love it!

  • Reply Karena March 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    How very unique and fun. Of course I had not heard of her and I love the whimsy!

  • Reply Momographica March 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Now this is beautiful! I could become addicted to them.

  • Reply Daniel - Let me be inspired March 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Hi, hope your weekend was great! This is really nice!!

  • Reply aude March 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Oh thank you Holly for this discovery : those wallpapers are beautiful & really have something !!!!

  • Reply Helena ROOM March 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hi, maybe you get some inspiration from my typical Scandinavian style of home? I have just started to style my office/studio. I do hope you like it.

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  • Reply Leslie @ Salvaged Spaces March 27, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I am so in love with these! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  • Reply Jess (Where My Heart Is) March 27, 2012 at 1:45 am

    It is great to see real innovation – something fresh and original.

  • Reply SALLI @ TIIPII March 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Magnetic wallpaper?! What a fabulous idea. Great for a kid’s room or playroom.

  • Reply Jessica @shimmerkai March 27, 2012 at 6:09 am

    So imaginative! Beautiful wallpaper.

  • Reply colleen March 27, 2012 at 6:19 am

    truly delightful paper ..with a fun element thrown in…love the magnetic personality of it!…fun for the whole family!

  • Reply Inés March 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

    very cute, I would like to have one of this in my hause.

    I loved your articule about Germany, I live here too and every thing that you saied I was saing yes, yes, yes. jajaja, That’s the live in Germany.

  • Reply Ana March 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    The idea is great!! And the designs on the wallpaper are gorgeous!!

  • Reply Pink Ronnie March 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Such unique work. Love the wallpaper so much.

  • Reply tasselflower (Mervi) March 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    That is so cool! What a great idea for a wallpaper. And yes, I love the giant scissors as well.

  • Reply Camille March 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    It’s adorable, i love this article ! :)

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen March 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    These are just great – and I love how the magnets imitate or add to the papers. what fun to have a room where you can change it up now and then. Really inventive!

  • Reply Traxis March 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    It really looks so fascinating.. This will took a lot of creativity to make this..

  • Reply amy March 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I love this idea AND it’s gorgeous to look at too. Thank you for posting this.

  • Reply Patti Trostle March 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    What a fun idea! This would be perfect for a childs room!

  • Reply Desha March 28, 2012 at 1:09 am

    wow. so cool. I’ve been thinking of doing wallpaper in my daughter’s room, she’d LOVE that!

  • Reply Handmade Artists' March 28, 2012 at 1:57 am

    That is just too cool, who would of thought that you could actually have magnetic wallpaper

  • Reply Becca March 28, 2012 at 5:26 am

    I had something very similar to this when I was a little girl and I loved it! Make me want to invest in it for my own little baby girl.

  • Reply Stéphanie Rousseau March 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

    So funny, I love !

  • Reply Julie-white tapestry March 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Amazing! Really love this.

  • Reply Ashley March 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    This is a really cool idea! I have a room I’m not sure what to do with. Maybe is needs magnetic wallpaper!!

  • Reply Sarah Smutny March 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I am totally in love! This is so poetic and playful!

  • Reply caroline March 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    These are really gorgeous designs. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  • Reply Veronica March 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    i love that the wallpaper is magnetic, i’d never heard of it. i also like that the production wasn’t outsourced to a hazardous factory in another country.

  • Reply sharon | the teacup incident March 28, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    So clever! I was one of those kids who imagined little animals living in the wallpaper flowers at home so actually being able to stick a few animals on this paper with thought balloons sounds wonderful :)

  • Reply Chrystina March 29, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Not only is the idea of magnetic wall paper REALLY cool. Those magnets are INCREDIBLE.

  • Reply Brune March 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Lovely idea, lovely blog, thank you !

  • Reply Ciara March 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    magnetic wallpaper? genius! it’s one of those moments where I say why didn’t I think of that! ;)

  • Reply Krobelus06 April 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I am sure that my children will love this wallpaper.. Thanks for sharing this great review.. :)

  • Reply Margarita Lorenzo April 2, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I am repainting my room in a darker blue and most sure having the blue version of the wallpaper in one of the walls. I loved working with Siang and Richard, the photographer in these photos, souring the furniture, the dress for the little girl, and the rest of the things. Holly I love more and more each time decor8, thanks for making it a great stop always.

  • Reply Lauren Johnson November 5, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Do you know if the yellow is available anywhere? I live in Australia and I haven’t found a supplier yet

  • Reply audrey February 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I bought the bird card and it is gorgeous! Hi all from very cold Scotland

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