Unreformed, Whitworth Art Gallery
Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity In the middle of the nineteenth century wallpaper design suddenly became diverse. English manufacturers began to excel at the quick production of affordable wallpapers. There was also an ever-increasing availability of things from abroad. This resulted in a dramatic explosion of choice. Design Reform was a movement that wanted to control the quality of English design. There was enough concern about the higher standard of foreign things that the debate made its way to Parliament. This exhibition looks at how powerful the voices of the people who called for Design Reform were. These (mostly male) designers, writers and MPs had a lasting effect on the way museums and art schools taught about good design. Ultimately the exhibition is a celebration of their failure to control the diversity of design that was available. The Victorian wallpapers in the Whitworth’s collection represent the full range of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ taste. These will be exhibited alongside a glimpse of the wide variety of patterns available from British manufacturers today.
The Wallpapers originating form the last quarter of the 18th century has a running design of flowering trees and bamboos with exotic birds: the ground below has grassy mounds and colourful waterfowl.
Aristoloche Beatrix Mazarine Blue Printed on paper backed Canvas "Feuilles geantes", "Feuilles de choux", "Verdure a feuillages crispes" or sometimes "Feuilles d'aristoloche".
Fabulous New Velvets
Our Mohair velvet is a glamorous pure Mohair wool upholstery fabric. Boasting a huge 60,000 rub count this velvet is suitable for severe domestic and contract usage.
Carla Van De Puttelaar Artfully Dressed: Women in the art world
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The World Of Interiors June 2018 – Annabel’s
Annabel’s Entry Hall – Life size plaster Pegasus by George Jackson, suspended from a Jules Verne-inspired silk hot air balloon in the light well above.