Paralympics Unleashed

It was a great pleasure to work once again with our good friend Dan Planko, Art Director of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, for the "Unleashed" segment of the Opening Ceremonies. We had a chance to see our graphics rock out with the help of Sean Nieuwenhuis and Sensory Overload Productions.


Exhibition: Radiant Dark 2010: Assets & Values

Radiant Dark 2010: Assets & Values – An exhibition of Modern Canadian Design. If you are in Toronto please check out another of one of our collaborative works in this exhibition; this one an art-print wallpaper hybrid created with David Palmer. We’ll have more about our work with David in next month’s e-paper.

January 20th – 24th
Commerce Court West, Ground Floor Lobby
199 Bay St Toronto ON
Thursday to Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm


Anita Speaks at : Organized Type - Letterpress Workshop

Friday, January 15: 2-5 & 7-9 PM
Letterpress Studio 2nd Floor
112 – West Hastings

Anita will be discussing her artistic inspirations and design experiences and how they translate to work for ROLLOUT’s clients at Organized Type - Letterpress Workshop on Friday January 15th. The letterpress lab is a community access training lab for local residents interested in printmaking and graphic arts and using those disciplines to explore and affect their lives in a creative way.


Photograph courtesy of Kris Krug.


Extreme Makeover-Home Edition: Montgomery Family

As we mentioned in our October e-paper ROLLOUT was again commissioned to work with Ty Pennington on Extreme Makeover – Home Edition. ROLLOUT’s ‘Uncoated’ paper was a main feature of the master bedroom designed by Ty. Design blog Maxx Silly kindly said: " My favorite part of the reveal was the wallpaper in the master bedroom – AMAZING! The walls look like they are covered in Pantone color sheets. It created beautiful movement and really brought a lot of happiness into the room."


Photograph courtesy of EMHE.


ROLLOUT’s Street Laboratory At Pecha Kucha Night

ROLLOUT was proud to be one of twelve speakers selected by Cause+Affect to present at the Vancouver version of design salon Pecha Kucha Night which is now held in 242 cities worldwide. Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Each presenter is limited to twenty slides of their choice with twenty seconds to talk about each slide with a total time of 6 minutes 40 seconds in which to convey your ideas. Our theme was ‘The Street As Laboratory’ and we showed works by local artists such as street artist Cameraman and photographer Sean Orr as well as pieces by international art stars like Banksy and Alexander Orion. We wanted to talk about how our design process is powered by both the experiments of street art and the simple exposure to hidden beauty to be found by wandering Vancouver’s lanes and alleys. The event was a huge success and was attended by over 500 design aficionados. Local photographer Maurice Li, who snapped the shots above of the event, said “I really enjoyed the ROLLOUT presentation as well – perfect blend of showcase for your work and your inspirations!” Cheers Maurice and a big thank you to Jane and Steven for asking us to get involved!


Have a look at ROLLOUT’s twenty slides here.


Extreme Makeover – Home Edition: Montgomery Family

Sunday, October 25, 8/7c (check your local listings)


"The team rebuilds the house of a man who gave up a lucrative engineering career to start a charity that feeds hungry people in his community."


ROLLOUT was pleased to once again work with Ty Pennington on Extreme Makeover – Home Edition. Our paper is featured in the master bedroom that Ty himself designed and we can’t wait to see how it looks on camera. Pictures in next month's e-paper.


The Art of Wallpaper at Cambridge Gallery

ROLLOUT took part in the group show The Art of Wallpaper at Cambridge gallery in Ontario. Esther Shipman, Curator of Architecture and Design, chose two of our Artist Series Papers, ‘Sultry Hair’ & ‘Words Spoken Quieter Than Action’, as well as our collaborative piece with Bandit, ‘Killed Bill’. The show was yet another indication of wallpaper’s changing role and heightened profile in the design world as it celebrated the “…current exploration of new materials and subject matter, and the impact of digital technology on wallpaper design and production.” The show has been embraced by academics and designers alike with one gallery goer being heard to observe: “I’m looking at wallpaper with new eyes.”


ROLLOUT at New York Fashion Week Spring 2010

This September ROLLOUT returns to New York Fashion Week for its sophomore year as designers. Last year we were asked by Eric Villency, of renowned New York design company Maurice Villency, to create a custom wall-covering for the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge. We had to work quickly and to a very high creative standard. The resulting design was praised by the likes of Timeout NY, who enthused ”’s gorgeous prints like these that make us sad we don’t have bigger walls in these NYC apartments.”


So we are thrilled to be asked to again rise to the challenge of creating a new custom paper for the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge. This year ROLLOUT was an integral part of the entire design process right from the beginning, which allowed us to embrace more complex themes in a more immersive space. We were asked for a piece which blended the elegant motion of a Mercedes convertible moving through the landscape, with the blur and bustle of fashion week’s human energy. We wanted to create a sense of being transported, within an environment which reflected the contours, textures and details of a Mercedes-Benz interior, to the regal environs of Bryant park. We wanted to bring the changing planetrees and turning leaves of an NYC autumn inside and, as this will be the last Fashion Week in Bryant Square, to bid a fond farewell.


Considering that the likes of Heidi Klum and Anna Wintour were photographed drinking champagne in front of our paper last year, we can’t wait to see who will be lounging in front of our latest custom design this year.

ROLLOUT at Pecha Kucha Vancouver Vol. 7

Pecha Kucha Vancouver Vol. 7
September 17th, 2009
Vancouver Convention Center (Canada Place)
Doors open at 6:00. Event starts at 7:30.


Pecha Kucha is a mix of show-and-tell, open mike night and happy hour. It has become the forum for ideas on design, creativity and a lot else that has swept the world and is now taking place in over 225 cities globally.


Jonathan and Anita from ROLLOUT will be presenting 20 slides based around the theme of "streets as laboratory."


Click on the image above to view the flyer or for more info: or

Cambridge Galleries Opening - The Art of Wallpaper

The Art of Wallpaper (September 01 – October 18, 2009)
Opening reception Saturday September 12, 2:30pm
Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside


ROLLOUT will be showing multiple papers in the show ranging from fashion focussed and playful to more pieces reflecting more serious social commentary. In many ways the description of the Cambridge gallery show sums up our philosophy as a company and as designers:


“Wallpaper emerges from the background to the forefront of new design. The Art of Wallpaper celebrates the art behind the popular, yet often maligned decorative device, and its recent revival. From early 20th century hand painted samples by Europe’s top studios, The Art of Wallpaper fast forwards to today’s bespoke, limited edition, and designer production lines that serve as a unique creative outlet for artists and designers from around the world.”


Click here to see full flyer.

ROLLOUT Stays Up Past It's Bedtime at ICFF

ROLLOUT has just returned wide-eyed and breathless from the incredible experience of displaying its wares (alongside many fellow Canadian designers) at the International Contemporary Furniture Festival in New York City. The ICFF, held in the gargantuan Javits Center (see above), is North America’s ‘singular showcase for contemporary design’ and we were in some pretty excellent company. As always the festival was a hugely inspiring opportunity to connect with fellow designers and potential clients and we plan to turn all that energy into some fantastic new projects and products in the near future. Thank you so much to those of you who dropped by to say hello and pick up a set of our custom one inch buttons.

New Studio

We bid a fond farewell to our old studio and hello to our bigger, better and brighter new space. Look for photos of our new digs in our May e-paper or on our website soon.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY 2009

Champagne flute still in hand, ROLLOUT has returned from the marvelous madness of NY Fashion week where we debuted a ROLLOUT paper in the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge. The lounge and ROLLOUT's paper were covered by various media including Timeout NY, who raved "'s gorgeous prints like these that make us sad we don't have bigger walls in these NYC apartments." This season the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge was designed by Eric Villency, president of Maurice Villency. Speaking about the lounge, Eric enthused "...there are different focal points in the room, but the overall focus definitely has to be the wallpaper and it's a very dynamic design statement, it's a very bold colour, the unifying motif is hopefulness, we wanted to have a positive energy, the idea of an oasis". Watch it here. We like that this ROLLOUT covered oasis features the likes of Heidi Klum and Kimora Lee Simons chilling out in it. See it here. Photograph compliments of the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge.

ROLLOUT'S Wallpaper Adorns Star Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY 2009

ROLLOUT was asked by Eric Villency, of Manhattan's Maurice Villency Inc, to create a striking and unique paper for the Star Lounge at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.

Photos will be up soon.

Material Connexion

ROLLOUT is committed to creating a sustainable business practice and is therefore very proud to have had designs added to Material ConneXion’s Materials Libraries in NY, Bangkok, Cologne, Dong-gu Daegu and Milan, that each have over 4,500 of the most advanced and innovative materials in the world.

Custom kid's paper featured on the Today Show

Fri. Oct 24
Check your local listings for channels and times.

Rollout on Urban Rush

Shaw: Channel 4 in Vancouver
Thu. Oct 24 at 5, 7, 11 PM & 1 AM PT
Fri. Oct 25 at noon

Shaw: Channel 10 in Calgary
Thu. Oct 24 at 8 PM
Fri. Oct 25 at 9 AMn

Rollout on Extreme Makeover - Home Edition: Akers Family

The team helps a family with two daughters diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Channel: E!
BC: Ch. 6
Sun. Oct 5, 8:00 PM PT
Duration: 60 min.

Part of Rollout’s ethos is to haul design and beauty out of the showroom and into the real world and into real peoples lives. Rollout is proud to have been asked to design a custom room for an upcoming episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. This was a very special commission for us and creating papers for the Akers family, and their daughters, was a truly humbling and rewarding experience. We don’t want to give away too much before it airs but we’re truly stoked to see it! Check it out.

New Design Canada at ICFF.

Rollout was very happy to reconnect with good Canadians doing great things. Check out for more.

Wry & Ginger by Azure

Azure and Design Within Reach host a party on Sunday, May 18th, featuring new products by 14 spirited Canadian designers (including Douglas Coupland) and asking the New Design Canada participants to be in attendance.

2008 International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Rollout heads back to ICFF in New York this May as an exhibitor in the New Design Canada booth #2524.

ROLLOUT chosen as one of HOW magazine's "Top 10 Sites to See" in May

We are honoured to be featured alongside such great company. Click here for more.

CBC's Living Vancouver

Anita was recently interviewed for an episode of Living Vancouver.

Made Design's "Radiant Dark: An Exhibition of Modern Canadian Design"

The art show we were a part of is on the move. Cities it will be shown in are soon to be announced. More information can be found here: