Author: Gregory Herringshaw

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Polka-dot design with a vertical orientation. Printed in shades of green on a white ground, the size of the dots varies, and each has the appearance of being "dropped" onto the page.
A More Fluid Polka Dot
“Drop” is from J. Abbott Miller’s second collection of wallpaper for Knoll Textiles called “The Ink Collection”. Based on Miller’s experiments with the liquid movement of ink, and how ink reacts as it moves across the surface of paper, each design has a random look but still maintains a feeling of control. “Drop” forms a...
A large medallion of pastoral scene. In foreground, young woman feeding pigeons, a lamb bedside her; ruined tower in distance. Enclosing framework of rococo scrolls and foliage. Garden tools, doves and roses. Printed in gold, green and apricot on slate-gray field.
Landscape Views
The Livingston is a pattern inspired by an earlier wallpaper design, and gets its name from the home in which the antique document was found. It is said the wallpaper fragments were scraped off the walls of the Livingston manor house in Catskill, New York and mailed to the Birge Company. The original design was...
Gathered blue drapery with lace edging in white. Blue ribbon caught with medallions along bottom edge; was probably meant to be cut out to use as chair rail. Both motifs are ornamented with white pearls and black scroll and bead design.
Drape the Walls
The great degree of realism achieved in this wallpaper border was created with the use of relatively few (about ten) colors. To achieve a true sense of depth in any given motif, be it a flower or drapery, the design needs to be printed in five to six different shades, with a different wood block...
Sidewall, 1918-23
A Sophisticated Floral
While Ruhlmann is better known for his beautifully designed and executed furniture and interior decoration, he also designed a number of wallpapers. This is an early design produced before he got into his brightly colored Art Deco phase. While still drawing upon an Art Nouveau aesthetic with its meandering vines and organic nature, the restrained...
Bandbox and Lid, “Sandy Hook”, 1935
Sandy Hook Light House
Bandboxes were principally used between 1800-1850. They were initially designed to store and transport men’s collar bands but evolved into other uses such as hat boxes and general carry-all’s. During the 1830s many boxes were printed with historical scenes, marking events and places of interest. This design is printed on a deep blue ground to...
Frieze, 1900-05
A Hunting We Will Go
Landscape friezes were popularized by Walter Crane’s May Tree frieze in 1896 and remained popular into the 1920s. Beginning around 1900 many wide friezes were developed for children, and this hunting frieze would have been appropriate for a boy’s room as well as a library or dining room. This panel shows the hunters, horses and...
Sidewall, “Tudor Rose”, 1874-1920
Tynecastle Canvas
This Tudor Rose pattern of Tynecastle Canvas is one of a very few textile wallcoverings in the Museum’s collection. Tudor Rose consists of a single repeating element, a foliage sprig with a dominant tudor rose along with several smaller flowers. This motif is tightly melded with its repeating cohorts so forms a nice all-over pattern,...
Frieze, 1900
Creating a Beautiful Learning Environment for Children
After viewing this wallpaper frieze in the collection numerous times and always being enamored by its simplicity and charm, I finally took the initiative to do some research to see what it actually was. Stylized birds and peacock feathers are intertwined with a scrolling rinceau pattern, creating a delightful frieze pattern. The design is rendered in a...
Large-scale photo enlargement of thorny rose stems creating a stripe pattern. The largest stem is centered while the right and left sides are mirror images of the other. Printed in pink, burgundy and white on taupe ground.
Some Thorny Wallpaper
I have always been drawn to this wallpaper design. It is a beautifully rendered stripe pattern created using differently-scaled photo enlargements of rose stems. The varying thickness of the stems and the color contrast create a wonderful flow to the design, and while it is a strong design it’s not too heavy. One thing I...
Overlapping, horizontally and vertically-aligned straight-sided elipses, outlined and filled with wide bandings in deep red, cherry red, and shocking pink.
Will Not Fade into the Background
Compendium was part of the "Palladio 8 Collection" which contained 38 designs by 22 different designers. Geometric patterns dominated surface design in the 1960s and op art and pop art were major sources of inspiration. Op art created optical illusions by distorting patterns, and many patterns were created using design fragmentation, psychedelia or historic revivalism....