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Monday, August 9, 2010

NIM: Peel n' Stick Trompe L'Oeil

Trompe l'oeil (French for "deceive the eye") is an painting technique that uses realistic images to trick us into believing we seeing something we're not.  Crude examples would include the vines and Grecian columns painted inside your favorite Taverna.  More elaborate examples have windows painted with detailed 3 dimensional scenes where no window exists. 

Couture Deco have introduced a line of decals called Trompe L'oeil (failing marks for naming originality) for those of us without the skill to pull off the real thing.  Designs include bookshelves, escalators (shown left) and even a staircase in the Parisienne catacombs.  Priced at around $200, installation requires "no special skills" ...

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