Author: Gregory Herringshaw

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Strike a Cord with your Walls
Cord #1 is a greatly magnified image of vertical cords or yarn which creates a very soft and beautiful stripe pattern. Being printed in the single pink color on a white ground makes this a very subtle design that would make a nice complement to other fabrics in the room. The slight irregularity of the...
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Fighting in the Dining Room?
This is a contemporary printing using the original woodblocks of a scenic wallpaper called the Views of the American War of Independence, which was first produced by Zuber et Cie in 1852. This is an adaptation of an earlier scenic called the Views of North America, which highlights some of the scenic wonders of North...
1992-110-7 lo res
Op Art for your Walls
In the early 1970s, “bright” was the name of the wallpaper game. Pop art and Op art influences from post-war decades coupled with new and improved printing techniques meant that a plethora of attention-grabbing patterns were put in production by wallcovering companies large and small. This trippy pattern was designed in 1972 by Getulio Alviani...
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Dutch Clouds or Color Icons?
Dutch Clouds takes a very unusual approach to the traditional scenic paper or mural. When viewed up close, the design is composed of thousands of multicolored icons arranged in rows. The icons were developed by Martens as a language to express color combinations. Reflecting Martens’ monoprint works, begun in the 1990s, these icons are based...
2013-60-1
A Bold but Delicate Floral
Cosmo wallpaper was designed by abigail*ryan, the young Belfast-based husband-and-wife design team of Abigail and Ryan Bell. The Bells have been designing textiles and home goods since 2009. Cosmo is from their first wallpaper collection which was introduced in 2013. abigail*ryan takes a hands-on approach to its designs. Both principals are very involved throughout the...
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The Scenic Hudson in Your Home
Scenic Hudson is a four-part scenic mural which captures a romantic view of the Hudson River. The lithograph printing gives the design a very soft look, almost like a watercolor, which adds to this dreamy vision. The design could be used as a mural to cover a single wall, or could be used in repeat...
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Perky New Designs for the Kitchen
I have always enjoyed seeing this kitchen paper with its coffee pot, luncheon service printed over the fun plaid background pattern. It is just so perky and the use of complementary colors and gestural strokes give the design a nice energy and keep it from feeling stagnant. Printed in 1948, it still looks modern today....
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Kindly Put Those Bug Wings on the Wall
This all-over pattern of bug wings, possibly the common house fly, makes an unusual design for a wallpaper. Insects are actually a rather common motif on papers, usually representing nature, or possibly a butterfly symbolizing Psyche. And I know butterfly and moth wings have long been used to create beautiful iridescent accents on decorative objects...
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“Kew” Me In to Another Floral Wallpaper
As I have mentioned previously floral designs make up the largest grouping of wallpapers in the Cooper Hewitt collection. Many of the very earliest wallpapers in the collection are floral based and they never seem to go out of style. I was attracted to this design for its casual, relaxed nature, and its rather abstract...