The Fourth Wall

Nothing can inject liveliness into everyday like a little worldliness. Gold Leaf Design’s handmade papers do just that. The product takes root in traditional Asian papermaking techniques, while the motifs mimic the repeating ornamental forms of Islamic designs and the mathematical marvel of the Shikhara spires of Hindu temples—some patterns recall the conical dome-like pinnacles rising as “mountain peaks” astride the temples’ steeples. The sheets are made from a range of materials, including recycled and sustainable resources like banana fiber, newspaper and mulberry, and their uses are equally diverse. Common applications are as window treatments, room dividers and straight-up wall decoration. The natural color highlights the exquisite structure and textural feel, but the papers can easily be painted—or cut—to fit your needs. $360-370/roll; goldleafdesigngroup.com