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Have You Seen this Matisse Mural?
During the years when America was involved in World War II there was a moratorium on new wallpaper designs as the materials used to make printing rollers and silk screens were all needed for the war effort. This forced manufacturers to continue printing the same designs for years. So when the moratorium ended manufacturers got...
Old Masters
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Cooper Hewitt is dedicating select Object of the Day entries to the work of women designers in our collection. This sidewall was designed by Marion Dorn Kauffer who is perhaps best remembered for the inspired batik textiles, rugs and interiors she created during the interwar years. Born in San...
Skeletons in the Closet
This novel paper, cheekily denoted as a ‘closet paper’ by its designer, William Justema, was produced in the 1940s for innovative New York wallpaper merchants Katzenbach & Warren. On these pages from a 1948 sample book, bleached bones are printed on a foggy bluish gray ground. The skeletons appear to be having a grand old...