Aesthetic Investments

Aesthetic Investments

The value of money is re-negotiated on a daily basis. The financial market is subject to continuous fluctuation - be it in terms of shares, exchange rates, the Dax or interest rates. Stockbrokers follow the constant up and down on the large displays with bated breath: a jumping dot on the y-axis as an indicator of gain and loss in the flow of time x.

Those for whom this roller-coaster is too much, and those who are somewhat risk-averse, can choose the traditional way and simply take their money to the bank and put it in a savings account. But in light of the extremely low interest given on savings today, this method now seems as antiquated as a landline phone to many. It's still around, but somehow just a bit obsolete. Financial daredevils with the necessary cash might indulge in some light speculation, but of course there's always risk in gambling, and they might lose everything.

You could also invest in property, gold or a variety of other, seemingly safer, options. Alas, the experiences of the last few years have repeatedly proven: the economy and the concept of security are like oil and water.


Art, however, is a totally different ballgame. The booming arts market has moved more and more into the focus of the financial market, as it seems fairly independent from current economic developments. This translates into an income for contemporary artists, and post mortem glory for the geniuses of olden days when their works change hands for exorbitant sums of money. Whatever you may think about this, the fact remains: art and design objects are not just of interest for collectors any longer.

At the same time, auctioneers are busier than ever, due to the increased interest in works of art and antiques. Amongst these are historical, artistic or particularly unusual wallpapers, for instance embossed leather variations of the 17th and 18th century, or Andy Warhol's instantly recognisable wallpaper designs. Sufficient proof that Kurt Schwitters' claim 'under certain circumstances, typography can be art' is valid for this area of applied arts, too: wallpapers can be art under certain circumstances.


Furthermore, this kind of investment is probably the most aesthetic of them all. For who wouldn't like to have an object of art or design in one's home, and get to enjoy it every day? No matter whether it will be twice or three times as valuable in 10 or 20 years. After all, you might not ever want to let you of your favourite piece anyway.

Who cares about increases in value, or a nest egg? At least these shouldn't be the main reasons for acquiring a work of art. And who would associate wallpapers with investments that will gain value? Surely, it is more about one's personal taste and the satisfying knowledge that one possesses a truly unique piece, and wanting to show it off. Financial gain is a welcome side-effect at best - a kind of excuse to beautify one's surroundings. And for those who would rather keep their expensive, unique specimens safe, we'd like to recommend our equally valuable wallpapers: from historical to contemporary. We cover all preferences.

Text: szim