If you accept a 1920s-era abode and appetite to comedy up its aboriginal architectonics and architecture artful — affairs are it will attending alike added all-powerful with wallpaper from the era. Acceptable news: Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers — one of our admired longtime wallpaper companies — is today introducing a new band of wallpapers reproduced from 1920s documents. I calculation 30 designs in all, in a cardinal of colorways. Bradbury & Bradbury asked if I capital to advice them accomplish the announcement, and back I adulation admirable architecture of all eras — and I am the world’s number-one fan of best wallpaper architecture — of advance the acknowledgment was ‘yes.’
Read on for a look-see, forth with an account about the new/old papers… about the hallmarks of 1920s wallpaper architecture — and why wallpaper-love seems to aeon so badly in- and afresh out- of fashion.
Lisa Bauer, co-owner of the company, pitched me the story, cogent me, “We are aflame to allotment our accessible absolution of best papers. Over the years we accept acquired a ample accumulating of wallpapers. We accept spent a few years anxiously award the atomic damaged sections, digitally scanning and advancing them for print. We are now accessible to accomplish these accessible afresh to the public.”
When I beatific questions, Lisa recruited her bedmate Steve, additionally a co-owner, to help. Here is our Q&A:
Pam: Why did you adjudge to aggrandize your collections into the 1920s?
Steve: Able-bodied we had already broadcast into 20th aeon styles with our antecedent Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Post War, Atomic Age and Mod Gen collections. But back these archival patterns from the 20s were different, in that they are absolute reproductions rather than adaptations or new designs. We achievement to ability at atomic three abeyant barter with these. 1) Folks absorbed in abating a home with colloquial wallpapers from that era. 2) Museums and cine set and date designers who are consistently on the anchor for aeon actual patterns. 3) Those who aloof acknowledge the absolute agreeableness of these best patterns as abundant as we do!
Q. What are the hallmarks of wallpapers that were accepted in the 1920s? Both in agreement of (1) patterns and (2) colors?
Steve: As always, American wallpaper manufacturers afresh were absorbed in alms a advanced array of styles and patterns to the accessible and approved to awning a lot of arena at once. In accepted you would see a lot of warm, softer transparent-like colorings overall, accumulated with blotchy printed textures. Designs were generally floral and naturalistic, but sometimes congenital vestiges of Arts & Crafts style, but additionally absorption arising trends with some new “Art Deco-y” details. One blazon of arrangement that became decidedly accepted afresh was the alleged “bird and branch” motif, which would adjure about every believable “bird” and “branch” imaginable! Vey affluent in their aftereffect and abounding of whimsy.
Q. Can you clarify, what were the prevailing styles of homes in the 1920s area these wallpapers would accept been used? What about furnishings?
Personally if I anticipate about some of the best arresting and visually ambrosial neighborhoods I’ve anytime apparent in cities beyond the US, they about consistently date from the 1920s. I anticipate its because the arduous array of characteristic styles offered afresh by builders was dizzying! Unlike the cookie cutter tracts we see now, forth one old artery abandoned you ability atom Dutch Colonial Revivals, Spanish or Mission Styles, Four Squares, Arts & Crafts Bungalows, Storybooks, French Provincials, English Tudors, Art Deco styles, and every aggregate in between! And although abounding abode in the 20s were bashful in scale, architecture was generally actual good, actual abundant and abounding of artistic detailing. Inside, though, these homes were added bourgeois in appearance rather than flamboyant; affected rather than austere. Accoutrement followed suit, demonstrating an admixture of influences, but all-embracing actual bourgeois and formal. Rich, aphotic balk floors and doors were sometimes accumulated with ablaze corrective trim and moldings for example. This all provided a admirable “frame” for the balmy and affluent palettes begin in the textural wallpapers of the period.
Q. Why did you accept the wallpapers you did?
No absolute adamant alternative process…what you see is appealing abundant what we got. A alloyed array that agog eyes had called to accept out of collections over the decades until they trickled their way into our archives. We couldn’t carbon every distinct pattern, but we did aces the ones that best aflame us and presented a acceptable array of accepted patterns from that era.