Historical re-interpretations: V&A Collection by Graham & Brown

British wallpaper brand Graham & Brown launched a new collection, designed in collaboration with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.  The V&A Collection by Graham & Brown is a bold collection of wallpapers inspired by the museum’s archival designs.

The wallpaper patterns, drawn from material dating from the early 19th century to the 1950s, represent the varied collections of decorative art and design at the museum. The V&A wallpapers are interpretations of the original archive documents, adapted in scale and refined in detail to bring them up to date.

The collection includes Chinoiserie, with a trailing duck egg Chinoiserie peony design reproduced from a fragment of hand-painted wallpaper from Canton, China, 1800–25; Enara, a 1950s woven textile by Karin Williger (1919–2008) for Edinburgh Weavers translated into a charming wall covering; Folly, an architectural gray design composed of perpendicular Gothic arches and turrets, reproducing a wall covering from the 1830s-40s; Trellis, a traditional pattern in complementary shades, reproduced from a 19th century wallpaper pattern book sample, designed by Owen Jones (1809–74) and produced by John Trumble; and Voysey, a linear design on a contrasting ground, the original wallpaper design is by C.F.A . Voysey (1857–1941).

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