Details of a linen weave tooled plaster wall for Ike Kligerman Barkley by SuperStrata. Photo by Manu Rodríguez.
Tooled plasters have the ability to create depth and beauty with one-of-a-kind textures. Our artisan partners use a variety of tools to make an array of lines and nuances that give subtle or distinct textures to otherwise plain walls, columns, hallways, and beyond. There are many ways to create these unique surfaces, such as using horizontal and vertical brush strokes to convey a look reminiscent of European linen.
SuperStrata developed a plaster technique which we named “Memphis,” after originally creating it for the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. It is similar to woven plaster, just with the underlying texture applied in one direction. Read on for inspiration from our projects showcasing custom tooled plasters for interiors.
1. Linen weave tooled plaster wall by SuperStrata for a Park Avenue Residence designed by Ike Kligerman Barkley. Photo by Manu Rodríguez.
2. Custom tooled woven plaster wall resembling nubby fabric for designer Nicole Fuller by SuperStrata.
1. ”Memphis” tooled plaster details created by SuperStrata.
2. Details of a custom tooled woven plaster wall resembling nubby fabric for designer Nicole Fuller by SuperStrata.
When considering textures to incorporate, you can add character to a room or hallway with striated plaster, which is created using brushes or broom-like tools. Striped plaster is also ideal as it creates contrast with alternating matte and polished plaster, achieved by taping off the underlayers while new layers are applied on top.
Combed plaster is another way to add texture, and is made using various comb-like tools to create striated lines in wet plaster. As with striped plaster, the width of the lines can be adjusted for different effects.
Details of gray vertical striated plaster walls for designer Andrea Robinson by SuperStrata.
1. Striped plaster hallway walls in the 15 Hudson Yards lobby for The Rockwell Group by SuperStrata.
2. Horizontal striated plaster walls with mica flakes to match the surrounding decor for designer Daniel Romualdez by Patrick Shoemaker.
1. Details of the striped plaster hallway walls in the 15 Hudson Yards lobby for The Rockwell Group by SuperStrata.
2. Details of a horizontally combed plaster wall by SuperStrata.
Our artisan partners are highly skilled at tooled finishes that make you take a second glance, such as Patrick Shoemaker’s vertical or horizontal striated plaster. Whether you want deep grooves or an asymmetrical pattern etched into the plaster with a custom tool, Eva Pep can create it. For an embellishment, a pigment, patina, or metallic finish can be applied to a tooled surface.
Endless tooled textures can be achieved for a variety of surfaces and spaces—find out more below to elevate your next project.
Details of custom tooled plaster with gold leaf embellishment by Eva Pep.
1. Silver metallic freeform tooled plaster by Eva Pep.
2. Vertical striated plaster hallway walls for Alex M. Reid by Patrick Shoemaker in a Baccarat Hotel Residence.
1. Dark pigmented tooled plaster created with a variety of custom tools by Eva Pep.
2. Tooled plaster made with various custom tools by Eva Pep for walls, folding screens, and beyond.