Author: Gregory Herringshaw

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Image features a wallpaper ceiling border containing a water mill and cat tails. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Looking Up to Landscapes
If you’ve ever thought it might be nice to be a fly on the wall, think about the fun you could have with a bird’s eye view from the ceiling. You could be part of the beautiful ceiling decoration that was so fashionable during the Gilded Age. Today’s wallpaper would have been part of that...
Image shows abstract expressionist wallpaper design by Jean de Botton. Please scroll down for additional information on this piece
Artistic Expression on the Wall
Maja is a mid-century paper produced by a German manufacturer, designed by an American artist born in Greece but active in France and the USA. This is one of three papers in the museum collection by Jean de Botton, and while all his wallpaper designs are rather abstract this is the only one with no...
Image features a wallpaper with a scrolling floral design printed to imitate a silk damask. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Rococo Influences
This floral wallpaper was produced in the early 20th century where the large-scale floral motif and scrolling stem and foliage convey the organic and sensuous nature of the art nouveau style. This paper is part of an unbound wallpaper sample book that contained a wide variety of designs in the art nouveau and Mission styles....
Image features a wallpaper with two columns of triangles, black on one side, gray on the other. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Triangle Illusions
I came across this unusual mid-century paper that I thought was designed for use as a focal wall, a very common wall treatment of the period. Initially I passed it by, thinking it was not interesting enough for an Object of the Day blog, but then I found an advertisement in an Interiors magazine that...
Image features a wallpaper with a pattern of insect wings printed in black on a bright blue ground. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Winging It
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. Here is a simple wallpaper pattern, a repeating design of insect wings, that I find amusing. You know, those pesky things you might find on your window sill or picnic table during the summer months, that you...
Image shows a print room-style wallpaper with framed views of Washington Square Park, New York City. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Picturing Washington Square Park
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. Picture Gallery copies the format of a print room wallpaper. The trend for print rooms was said to have started in Paris during the 1720s, becoming fashionable in England by the 1750s. Print room walls were adorned...
Image features the Horn Poppy wallpaper pattern designed by May Morris. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
May Morris: Designer and Activist
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. Horn Poppy is a block-printed wallpaper designed by May Morris for Morris & Co. May designed wallpapers and textiles for the Morris & Co. firm and is the younger daughter of designer and craftsman William Morris. This...
Image features a wallpaper with four birds flying around a large birdhouse. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Spring into Breakfast
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. Nearing the end of winter, Birds in Spring may be wishful thinking on my part. This charming design of birds, presumably martins, flying around a bird house is rendered in a minimal fashion. Printed on a silvered...
Image shows wallpaper pattern composed of crystal structures colored in blue and green against a white background. Please scroll down for further information on this object.
New Designs for the Atomic Age
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. This mid-century design of crystalline structures takes on the appearance of falling snowflakes, with the varying scale of the crystals giving the design some dimension. The design is fresh and still appears modern today with its strong...