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Get Your Bistro On
I was looking through some wallpaper images and this design by Peter Todd Mitchell caught my attention. Instant bistro vibe! It’s like wallpaper and decoration all in one. While trompe l’oeil and imitative designs have always been popular wallpaper patterns there aren’t that many with projectile shelves. With produce and fresh-baked goods! The rustic brick...
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New Twist on an Old Motif
This sample book for the Paisley Collection is characteristic of the historic revivalism that was popular in the late 1960s. As the title suggests, all the designs are variations on the paisley motif. While many of the patterns show traditional styling, the designs have all been reinterpreted with a 1960s edge. The colors are vibrant,...
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Party Animals
To continue the festivities of the New Year’s celebration, or possibly a little hair of the dog, I thought it appropriate to show a cocktail paper. Prohibition was enacted in 1920 with the ratification of the 18th Amendment and was officially repealed on December 5, 1933 by Franklin D. Roosevelt. So we have President Roosevelt...
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Medallion a la Mode
This sidewall is a lovely example of a mid-nineteenth century “medallion-style” wallpaper, and represents an oddly specific niche in the world of fashionable Victorian wallcoverings. Picturesque vignettes of a harborside town show seagulls and tiny little people busily living their lives against backdrops of windmills, sailing ships and even a chateau. The vignettes are arranged...
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Whole Lot of Red Going On
This sidewall paper in the art nouveau style is printed in imitation of a tapestry or woven textile as seen in the pixelated-like borders of the motifs. This is part of a matched set which would include a coordinated wide frieze and ceiling paper, a trend which began around 1900 and remained popular until about...
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Persian Passion by the Yard
This paper focuses on the exotic pomegranate plant, which is native to Persia (present-day Iran). Persian was introduced in 1895 and is woodblock printed in six colors. It was a common design motif to show the life cycle of plants in floral wallpapers. The densely woven pattern containing the pomegranate fruit, stylized floral and scrolling...
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Bandboxes Get Political
William Henry Harrison was thrust into the limelight for his Indian campaigns while a territorial Governor in the mid-west. After the war he served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1816-19), the Ohio State Senate (1819-21) and the U.S. Senate (1825-28). Harrison was the candidate for the Whig Party in 1840 and for his election...
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How It All Began: The First Wallpaper Acquired by Cooper Union
When the founders of the museum at Cooper Union began the wallpaper department they were interested in three main collecting areas: gilded embossed leathers, antique French papers, and American bandboxes. This arabesque design was the first wallpaper acquired for the new collection and was produced by the Jean-Baptiste Réveillon factory, one of the premier wallpaper...
Sanitary wallpaper with repeating design of a large ship at sea, framed within rolling waves and dolphins. Printed in blue and green on white ground.
Sailing Around the Bathroom
This design of tall ships surrounded by dolphins in a turbulent sea was first used as a cretonne design, or printed cotton fabric, produced by Steiner & Co. This was published in The Studio magazine in 1899. The design re-surfaced years later as this sanitary wallpaper. This is a classic pattern for a bathroom, a...