The art of “Termite Terrace”

Yeah, I know, this is a blog that is focused on historic interiors and architecture, so why am I writing about Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and the rest of the stars of Warner Bros. Animation Studios, (affectionately known as “Termite Terrace”)? Having always been a tremendous fan of the early years of animation I had [...]

Wallpaper flashback: Sears, Roebuck, & Co. 1907

When you think of wallpaper styles common to the Arts & Crafts era these popular patterns from the 1907 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Wallpaper catalogue might not be the first to come to mind. Almost “hangovers” from the late Victorian era, these profusely patterned paper combinations were really the antithesis of the simplicity and aesthetic [...]

Raymond McGrath’s “Aeroplane”

A wonderful example of the clean, streamlined design of the Art Deco era is this pattern by Irish architect Raymond McGrath. This elegant design for a wallpaper was only one element in an entire design scheme presented by McGrath for a house called “Rudderbar”, commissioned by a British female pilot of the 1930′s. Although I haven’t [...]

How many silk screen impressions does it take?

“How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” You might remember that burning question as a kid from the famous 1970 commercial. A similar question might be asked about handprinted wallpaper; “How many print impressions does it take to complete?” Lets look, for example, at our [...]

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