Launched alongside Little Greene’s latest paint collection ‘Blue,’ ‘20th Century Papers’ is a compendium book of coordinating twentieth century wallpapers, specially selected from historic archives, including original documents at the recently named ‘Museum of the Year’ Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery and private collections; all of them researched, reworked and re-coloured by Little Greene.
Comprising twelve authentic patterns from as early as the turn of the century to as late as 1976, this book includes timeless designs from several key periods, notably the post-war revival of the 1950s and the ensuing decades, renowned for their design flair and creative dynamism.
The collection also features new colourways of existing Little Greene designs and one new wallpaper design from the Whitworth archives.
The new paper in the collection, ‘Zingara’ originates from a John Line collection produced in 1960. Available in three colourways, the ‘Cerulean Sea’ colourway is completely faithful to the document found in the Whitworth wallpaper archive. The elegant freehand line quality of the original drawing serves additional charm to this relaxed scene of boats resting at anchor. For a contemporary twist, the paper can be used with ‘Jack Black’ trims.
Existing wallpaper design ‘Camellia’ is a moody tree and petal damask effect floral on a silken background, this paper of oriental origin has been recoloured in three bold colourways, including a striking blue with ancient provenance, giving it a distinctly contemporary feel. Pared with ‘Smalt’ from the ‘Blue’ collection the combination is perfect for matching skirting boards and door frames.
From the hand-printed ‘Apsley Collection’ by John Line & Sons, this relaxed interpretation of an urban Hampstead scene is attributed to designer Els Calvetti. All the line detail is retained and even the original colourways of grey and blue have been accurately recreated for the 21st Century interior. Combined with ‘Celestial Blue’, the relaxed style of the print and soothing tones emanate a calming effect.
To browse ‘20th Century Papers,’ visit www.littlegreene.com