Raymond McGrath’s “Aeroplane”

Posted on | December 13, 2008 | No Comments

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 learned as yet why the project was ultimately cancelled, I do know it was extremely unfortunate since the finished product would have been an architectural treasure!

It had been conceived as a combination “house and transport hub” having “an aircraft hanger and a garage built alongside domestic quarters surmounted by an observation/control tower”! It was to be built nearby the historic Hanworth Airplane Field, Feltham, Middlesex, England. And all of this in McGrath’s signature Modernist style!!

This imaginative pattern, (to which we gave the vintage label “Aeroplane”) existed for over 70 years as a conceptual painting only, until we began to manufacture it as a wallpaper for the very first time in 2005, after having received the kind permission of the architect’s surviving son, photographer Norman McGrath.


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