From our archives: Atomic Doodle

Posted on | April 14, 2009 | 3 Comments

In the years following World War II many designers cast off the past constraints of traditional design and restrictions imposed by the war, and began to seek some new and often very experimental directions for product design… and manufacturers readily embraced these.  Youthful, energetic and “Contemporary” in style, wallpaper patterns inspired by scientific discovery as well as the latest in art and architecture gave rise to a whole new design aesthetic, full of abstraction, boomerang motifs and “sputnik-like” doodles.

This American-made pattern, (probably from United Wallpaper), part of a vintage lot we purchased out of a barn in Ohio, offers a playful sample of the inventiveness of many wallpaper designers during the “Atomic Age”.





3 Responses to “From our archives: Atomic Doodle”

  1. Tina of Pfeiffer Photos
    April 17th, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

    Just found your blog today–how neat! Loving all the history on designers like this post.


  2. john hopper
    May 19th, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

    I love it! An excellent piece of mid-century design. Have you any idea as to who the designer is?

  3. steve
    May 21st, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

    I don’t know who it was unfortunately, but it sure stands out in the crowd! I love all the experimentation you see in similar 50s patterns and the flamboyance of them in the face of so much contemporary minimalism…


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