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A Proliferation of Pattern and Wallpapers 1920–2000 Jo Banham Thursday 09 April 2020


This lecture has been cancelled but will take place in the 2021-22 season.

The widespread misconception that Modernist interiors eschewed pattern and ushered in a fashion for plain walls is belied by the fact that the taste for wallpaper flourished as never before in the inter-war and post-war periods. Patterns included brightly coloured geometric Jazz Age designs, traditional florals, and pictorial panels as well as ‘Contemporary’ style and Op, Pop, and Psychedelic designs. Decorators like Laura Ashley, Colefax & Fowler and Sanderson created popular new styles, and the more recent introduction of digital design and statement walls has seen a revival of wallpaper today. This talk surveys the development of wallpaper production and design across the twentieth century.