ABOUT THE COMPANY
Mehmet & Dimonah lksel founded lksel Decorative Arts in 1988; the London based couple spent many years in India creating and running a studio which hand-paints their own designs for interior decoration. Their inspiration comes mostly from a pre-industrial world which produced high periods of style in the decorative arts. Encompassing many cultures and periods, their collections include architectural, botanical, ornamental and scenic decors.
The lksels were the first in the design industry to recognize the exciting potential of the digital revolution. In 2001 they digitalized their vast archives of hand-painted panels and decors and became the inventors of a new art form which derives the highest resolution printing from decorative painting. Combining practicality with ultimate luxury, they have transformed wallpaper into custom frescoes. Their work is easily recognizable by its elaborate painting and finely textured backgrounds. Both technically and artistically, lksel delivers the most sophisticated wallcoverings on the market.
In 2004 lksel exhibited their first digitally printed collection in Paris at Maison & Objet ‘Editeurs’ and in 2006 the New York Times ran a two-page article in the ‘Home’ section giving them enormous exposure and credit for their ingenious fusion of hand painting and state-of-the-art technology. That article was picked up by the Sunday Telegraph, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Chicago Tribune, La Repubblica, El País and many other newspapers affiliated with the NY Times. This launched lksel from being a confidential source for top design firms, into the eye of the public.
Over the years, the Iksel collections have evolved, offering a variety of products. lksel products include the following: Entirely hand painted and gilded rooms, custom printing of all designs in their image bank (size and colour), standard printed scenic decors in predetermined heights and colours (more affordable than customized prints), decorative panels, folding screens, ceilings, repeat designs, assorted custom-printed textiles, flooring, rolling blinds, coffee tables, and much more…
There is also a significant archive collection. Ranging from East India Company & other 18th Cent. wallpapers to roman mosaics, archive prints are made directly from original works lent to them by important antique dealers or scanned directly in museums and chateaus.