Author: Gregory Herringshaw

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A Strong Wallpaper Indeed
I thought it was about time to write about something other than a regular wallpaper. Wallpapers seem to get all the glory but there are other papers that pull their weight as well, like dado papers. Dado papers were used below the chair rail in rooms that lacked wood wainscots and were popular from the...
A Very Convincing Imitation Leather
I recently pulled this piece of imitation leather from storage to consider for an exhibition and was struck by the beauty of the material and craftsmanship. This is paper, a very heavy stock, which is embossed and printed to imitate an antique leather. The design is wood block printed, the paper is embossed with a...
Squared Up
Here is a fun wallpaper that would have appealed to the do-it-yourself market. This is wallpaper sold in squares rather than the typical roll. Like the vinyl floor tiles sold as an alternative to the rolls of linoleum. Wallpaper squares were marketed as being easy to apply, no special tools or talent required. Each square...
Something Chunky for Your Walls
Of the 10,000 plus wallpapers in the Cooper Hewitt collection this piece is not the most visually exciting. But it is significant. This CoverAge product is possibly the earliest wallpaper made from 100% recycled materials. The paper is made from post-consumer paper and cardboard along with wood bits salvaged from old pallets and scrap wood,...
Butterflies on Stripes
Whenever I come across this paper I always stop and give it a second glance, not sure whether to love it or hate it. Twelve years later it still grabs my attention. Keep in mind this is an inexpensive machine printed paper. If you can disregard the stripes for a minute, the butterflies and roses...
Visions of Egypt for the Armchair Traveler
This is a classic and rather timeless pattern created by John Rombola whose unique drawing style stands apart from other mid-century designers. Rombola gives character to his whimsical designs, a mix of naïve and fantastical, through his use of brilliant color and pattern. Egypt contains numerous icons of ancient Egypt including a very fashionable Cleopatra,...
Something New and Something Blue
Just wanted to highlight something new for the Wallcoverings department. This is an actual textile produced in a weight appropriate for walls. The heavier weight allows this to be pasted and applied directly to the wall just like wallpaper without the need for a paper backing. Swirl is a non-repeating design of coiled colored fibers...
Now Entering Lines Forest
Lines Forest is a recently acquired wallpaper I am happy to write about. The design somewhat resembles a circuit board with its minimal rendering of design elements but the title clearly sets the record straight that this is a forest, though not necessarily one containing trees. The design is composed of strong verticals along with...
Shared Travel Memories, and Fireworks!
With the July 4th weekend upon us, the first thing that comes to mind is travel, and fireworks! Heading out to the beach, taking a road trip, finding a nice quiet place to relax. I felt the Souvenir wallpaper was a perfect way to explore this idea. Consisting of a series of snapshots, almost post...