Author: Gregory Herringshaw

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Of the Stovepipe Variety
The founders of the Cooper Hewitt collection, Eleanor, Sarah and Amelia Hewitt, had a passion for bandboxes and over the course of their tenure had amassed nearly 100 boxes, creating one of the larger collections of such boxes in the United States. The majority of the boxes in the collection are about hat box size,...
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The Emperor’s Fantastic Clothes
This elaborate Rococo-revival wallpaper incorporates several different techniques. The print is an applied lithograph, the salmon-color framework is woodblock printed, and the gold is a stamped metal foil. The application of the stamped foil embosses the paper as the foil is being applied, creating a much richer and more reflective surface than a printed gold...
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Wallpaper in the Third Dimension
The design for Bloom was inspired by photographs of the cacti which the artist used to compose this lush explosion of blooms. Bloom is part of a collection of 3D or anaglyph wallpapers produced as a collaboration between Connecticut wallpaper company twenty2 and Pratt Institute. While many people think of 3D or anaglyph imagery as...
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Draping the Walls
This drapery pattern called Broadway is part of the first collection of wallcoverings designed by Boym Partners for Wolf-Gordon. The collection was inspired by the Boym’s travels and this trompe l’oeil pattern of drapery folds was inspired by the curtains in Broadway theaters. The design creates a strong vertical pattern and is rendered in a...
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Time to Face the Music
REM-04 is from the Remixed collection by Dutch collage artist Arthur Slenk (b. 1941). The collection was inspired by two boxes of antique handwritten sheet music purchased by the artist. Slenk found a certain beauty in the handwritten musical scores and after studying the pages in depth he noticed certain recurring effects, such as ink...
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I’ll Take my Stripe Printed, not Woven
Jack Lenor Larsen is known for being one of the most prolific textile craftsmen of the later twentieth century, creating a unique range of both woven and printed textiles. What is lesser known is that Larsen was also the designer of wallcoverings, creating some of the first wallcoverings for New York wallpaper studio Karl Mann...
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Textile Designed for Peace
Designed and produced for the United Nations Security Council Chamber, this textile is one of the most culturally significant wallcoverings acquired by the museum. The material was used to cover the walls and for draperies in the United Nation’s first permanent quarters in New York City. Following a period of great international turmoil the Security...
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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...