Category Archives: Wallpaper History

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Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 12.01.58Saw This and Thought of You

1. Joy Pad by Benny Hennesy | Paleolith in Rosewater

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2. Mitsuo Katsui | Gogli in Slate, David Stark for Cavern

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3. Guests Hands in Cecil Beaton’s Bathroom | Vernon in Charcoal

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4. Charley Harper | Migration in London

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5. Vintage Spoon | Tapestry in Zuni

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6. Stella McCartney | Bowie in Pink

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7. Kenzo | I See You in White

Painter and Wallpaper Designer: Charles Burchfield

Caught the last day of the creepsily magical Charles Burchfield exhibit at The Whitney Museum in NYC. Below are some of the artist’s watercolor paintings and wallpaper designs from the 1920′s.

Vintage Vehicular Wallpapers

The amazing Karli Hendrickson sent us these vintage wallpaper samples from the book “Off the Wall” from the section titled “On the Go: By Land, Sea, Air and… Into the Wild Blue Yonder”. These papers from the 40′s-60′s, depict the many achievements in modern transportation of that time. These vehicular motifs were commonly used in men’s studies and young boys’ bedrooms.

Off the Wall: Geometric

Intern at Large Karli Hendrickson just wrote me about a fantastic book she’s reading: “Off the Wall, Wonderful Wall Coverings of the Twentieth Century”  by Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker. In the second section of this book “Circles and Squares- Geometrics, Abstracts, Op Art, Minimalist Art” the book explains that geometric motifs were typical of the 1950′s. Post World War II, low-cost screen printing inspired the production of more experimental and avant-garde patterns. Also during this time, an upwelling of ranch homes in the growing suburbs inspired the wallpaper industry to create bold patterns wallpaper to accent and jazz up the simple, open, and modern design of these ranch houses. Textile designs at this time were also very bold and featured prisms, grids, doodles, and loops of geometric inspired design.


Design Heroes: Josef Frank

This past weekend I stopped into Just Scandinavian, a design shop in TriBeCa, and I have been thinking about designer Joseph Frank ever since.  His wallpaper, textile, and furniture designs all exude the simplicity and vibrancy associated with Scandinavian design, but they also have a fanciful quality that is uniquely his own.  I love how it all looks so colorful and bold while still being refined and tasteful.  The shop keeper at Just Scandinavian described Frank as the “Swedish William Morris,” as both designers shared a passion for pattern and nature, and both came to define their respective national aesthetics.  I told her that walking into the store, I felt like I died and went to color heaven.


Check out Just Scandinavian- they have an online shop and sell home goods by Frank and other amazing designers!

Awesome Parents, Awesome Wallpapers

I was browsing one of my favorite websites, MyParentsWereAwesome.com and noticed some great vintage wallpapers. The website is so charming. I love the wallpaper shots!


William Morris

More eye candy from William Morris, wallpaper innovator for the ages.


Vintage Wallpapers from Better Homes and Gardens

Eye candy from my favorite design source, the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Books from 1961 and 1975.  There’s something about these images that really grabs me.  Whether the room is spot on perfect, hilariously dated or even flat-out hideous, I can’t help but enjoy their unique visual attitude and charming vintage quality.  For better or worse, they always make me think, “I can’t believe people actually lived like this.”  Enjoy!

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