Author: Gregory Herringshaw

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Pre-trimmed paper-backed washable vinyl wallcovering. Swirls of water or flames printed in shades of blue.
Mary McFadden Dresses the Walls
Sanscrit is one of ten different designs from Mary McFadden’s first collection of wallpaper for Kirk-Brummel’s Raintree Designs. The collection is based on McFadden’s travels abroad where she studied different cultures and was especially inspired by such ancient cultures as pre-Columbian, Coptic and Byzantine. She re-invents the essence of these antique discoveries with a contemporary...
Repeating design of widely-spaced irregular circular shapes, printed in taupe flock on a very pale beige or taupe ground.
Not to be Served for Breakfast
This paper may look familiar as it was included in the Design Is Not Art exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt.  Eiweiss also appeared on the cover of Nest magazine in the fall of 1998.  Trockel is a sculptor, printmaker and designer and is a well-known figure of the contemporary art scene in Germany, with her work...
Strips of coiled newsprint are woven with nylon filaments on handlooms in the manner of grasscloth. Made from 100% recycled newsprint.
Black and White and Read All Over
Newsworthy is a handsome wallpaper that puts a new spin on an old technique. Woven on handlooms using the same technique as traditional grasscloth wallcoverings, the wallpaper is composed of 100% recycled newspaper and nylon filament. Newsworthy offers a nice texture, as well as subtle bits of pattern and color. As each of the woven...
Screen printing of a photo montage showing an interior setting which includes coat hooks, frocks or dresses, handbags and a chair. The four panel set is printed mostly in a monochromatic sepia colorway with one dress printed in red and another printed in yellow. The composition includes three handbags suspended from hooks, two dresses on wire hangers suspended from hooks, and a mid-century chair.
Hooks and Frocks
Deborah's work is a contemporary example of trompe l'oeil which has a very long history in wallcoverings. Many of the earliest wallpapers were imitations of textiles, stone and architectural elements. The photo montage technique and the designer’s invite to interact with the scene are very contemporary takes on the mural tradition.  Hooks and Frocks is...
Vertical rectangle of joined sheets of paper. Large flowing design of foliage and flowers in the manner of Jean Pillement's Indian design. Printed in orange, blue, and greens.
India Chintz All Pieced Together
People are always inquiring how the Museum acquires its wallpaper samples. Wallpapers come to the museum in a variety of ways: they can be donated by the manufacturer when produced, sometimes people find old sample books or remnants of wallpaper up in the attic or garage, and sometimes antique samples are removed from the walls...
Children's frieze with repeating group of seven school girls in green and red dresses, holding books, abaci and hoops, with a terrestrial globe. Across bottom a banderole with the Gothic-letter inscription in German: Arbeit macht das Leben Süss [Work Makes Life Sweet]. Printed in top selvedge: Wm. Campbell-Wall-Paper-Co., Antiseptic Pat'd 8-9-04". Printed in bottom selvedge: "The Froebel, E.J. Walenta, 496".
Is it Playtime, Yet?
Wearing complimentary red and green costumes, this group of golden children appears wise beyond their years. They have dour expressions on their faces, and most are too wrapped up in their studies to even acknowledge the spectator. Wm. Campbell-Wall-Paper-Co manufactured “The Froebel” frieze in 1905. It was innovative wallpaper because it was antiseptic, treated to...
Cluster of red poppy flowers, set within dense foliage. Printed in shades of red on red ingrain paper.
Paper it Red
This paper contains a repeating pattern of light red poppies against a field of deep red foliage printed on a red ingrain paper. An ingrain paper is one that is colored in the pulp stage of production so the color runs through the paper rather than just being printed on the surface. This gives the...
Large-scale window shade printed in imitation of lace. Suspended from a cornice, with a voided center containing a basket of flowers and two tassels, the bottom of the lace curtain is trimmed with a bullion fringe and tassels. Printed on brilliant blue background. Verso is printed same blue color.
Window Shade
Window shades and curtain papers are one of the lesser known collecting areas of the Wallcoverings Department. This shade depicting a lace panel suspended from a carved wood cornice is a beautiful example of late-19th century window shades. The shade in printed on a heavy paper that has a chalky blue ground color applied to both sides making it...
Children's or boys' paper. The main character in this design is Sparkie, a puppet who thought he was a real boy, acting out famous scenes in American history including George Washington crossing the Delaware, Paul Revere making his historic ride, and Buffalo Bill with Sitting Bull. Printed in green, gold, red and brown with blue on an off-white ground.
Sparkie, the little boy with big ambitions
I first came across this wallpaper when I was looking for children’s wallpapers for an exhibition I worked on a number of years ago. Sparkie was a puppet who believed he was a real boy, and he played the central figure in Big Jon and Sparkie, a children’s radio show that aired on Saturday mornings...