Wallpaper on the big screen

Posted on | January 4, 2009 | 8 Comments

Maybe its a consequence of working in the industry, but I can’t seem to watch a movie anymore without noticing the wallpaper in each scene. Of course, sometimes the wallpaper is integral to the scene in which it appears, which is great because then I don’t have to ask my wife “what just happened?”. To me the most memorable in such scenes was the “lickable wallpaper” from the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”.

Then there are the old classics, like the role that a combination of wallpaper and paste could play in a slapstick comedy. The Marx Brothers, for example, made a comic mess of an already suitably decorated room in the 1937 “Day at the Races”.

Our own patterns have shown up in dozens of movies over the years, one favorite being when Dustin Hoffman, (as Captain Hook) slashed our Victorian fill paper “Roland” while descending Wendy’s staircase in the 1991 movie “Hook”.

Laurel at “Finger Lakes Notes” recently cited yet another example of a Bradbury & Bradbury “supporting role” (this time a combination from our “Anglo-Japanese” Roomset).

So, do you have any favorite silver screen wall patterns?


8 Responses to “Wallpaper on the big screen”

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    January 4th, 2009 @ 12:54 am

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  2. creativecomponent
    January 5th, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

    Ha! I know exactly what you mean. I’m crazy about type, and ever since seeing the film “Helvetica”, all I can do is look for that font. I’m obsessed.

    BTW: can you actually order the Wonka paper? I mean, obviously not lick-able, but that would be fun in a closet or back hallway. I guarantee people would taste it!

  3. steve
    January 6th, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    We don’t print the Wonka paper (yet) but I’ve imagined doing a “Famous Walls” collection of wallpapers taken from film, since there are so many. It would be fun to blow up a frame of film and rebuild the pattern, (its kinda what we do a lot any way), and then offer it to film buffs, (except the ones that want to lick the paper).

  4. Lydia
    January 24th, 2009 @ 10:27 am

    My favorite movie wallpaper is that in Professor Higgins house in “My Fair Lady” with Rex Harrison. (Watch the movie again – its worth it to see the decor.) Is anyone reproducing those wallpapers?

  5. Kilkee
    January 24th, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

    As a steady consumer of B&B since the very old days of 4″x6″ samples of “new” papers like Marigold, I remember how I cringed when Captain Hook destroyed that gorgeous hallway of ‘Roland!’

  6. steve
    January 25th, 2009 @ 1:24 am

    Lydia, I haven’t seen “My Fair Lady” recently, but you have me curious about the set decoration.
    I don’t know if anyone is reproducing the papers from that film. Anyone reader out there who might be aware of a source? ?
    Let us know!

  7. Random Star
    February 15th, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    What a wonderful blog!

    My kids were watching ‘Daddy Day Care’ a while ago and I noticed what I believe were several of your papers. I’m pretty sure this is “Child’s Garden”:


    Interesting that it’s a contemporary film and not in a kid’s room and it works really well.

  8. Joshua Trost
    December 13th, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

    I like the wallpaper in The Fred Astaire Movie (I forgot the name) where he dances with the coat rack, and then on the ceiling, and on the wall in the back are the vowels. Definitley a great pick for the wall decor.


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