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Les reyons du soleil
The sun's rays that we watched dancing over Lake Zürich, during a rare afternoon without kids, is the inspiration behind les reyons du soleil. The sun was unusually warm that day; it had been the whole week. We started our afternoon with a stroll along the lakefront observing the sailing boats, people swimming and swans swanning as we passed them. The scene was idyllic and unusually calm and peaceful: there were no little people pulling at our clothes, asking a million and one questions per minute. No rascals to chase after or to prevent from jumping head first into the lake.

As we continued along the lakeshore, we stumbled upon a small wooden pier that jetted out into the water. We made our way along the pier and sat ourselves that the end of it, our feet dangling over the edge. Admiring the blissful calm, we suddenly realized that it was the first time, in many, many years, that we had heard the waves crashing against the rocks and the ducks fighting over a piece of bread. It was blissful. We sat a while longer basking in the full warmth of the sun, taking in the beauty of our surroundings, until the lake became too tempting. We stripped down and jumped feet first into the clear blue water.
SPLASH
Soon the sun started its descent. The effect of the changing light on the water was rather more dramatic than we had realized before. The color of the lake appeared to darken by the minute laying emphasis on the sun's rays. Appearing like a sprinkling of gold dust on the lake's surface, the rays bounced among the waves. We watched them, mesmerized by their beauty and hypnotized by the coordinated patterns they created as they moved back and forth, back and forth, with the movement of the water caused by the ships and sailboats making their way past us.
Shapes
As the sunrays hit, we observed many different patterns forming on the water that day. However, it was the little pearl-like gems that really stood out and so became the inspiration for this design. From some of the photographs we had taken, we explored the shapes and densities of the light forms. We noticed that to capture movement, we would need to work with sizing.

The closer the water was to the sun's rays, the larger the resulting shadow. Therefore, as the waves moved the water around we noticed how the little gem-like shapes changed in size. Concentration was another key issue. The smaller forms seemed far more concentrated, while the larger forms appeared to have considerably more space between them. We drew many shapes, making sure we never had anything too perfect. Then, when we had identified the forms, we experimented with placement until we were happy to have identified a constellation that reflected our reality.
Wallpaper color
We felt that this design would do well to keep any room cool but cozy. Therefore, to create the ideal tones for our wallpaper design, we chose to stick with water shades but to move towards using much lighter tones to ensure a snug homely feel. We played around with different shades and tones of blue. Finally, we went with a soft powder blue tone, best be described as a pale cobalt blue. In our view, reyons du soleil brings calm and relaxation to any room. What do you think?