Friday, 11 January 2013

A colourful cure for the January blues?

It's January, the weather is grey, miserable and cold, and spring stills seems a long way off.  We thought we'd cheer ourselves by showing you a couple of gems from our wallpaper collections.

First up is this 'Abstract' wallpaper by Graham Sutherland, designed in 1945.  The version we have shows the design in white on a mustard-yellowy ground, but there's another colourway which features a more vibrant lime green.  It must have looked quite something on the wall!

'Abstract' wallpaper designed by Graham Sutherland, 1945, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (BADDA 4632)

And if you are currently dreaming of warmer climes, then this wallpaper, 'Sahara', designed by Edward Bawden in 1928 might help.

'Sahara' wallpaper designed by Edward  Bawden, 1928, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (SW 2236)
You can see more wallpaper from MoDA's collections on our website.  Let us know if any in particular do help to cheer you up!

Both Sutherland and Bawden were artists/designers who worked in a range of media, as well as designing wallpaper.  Coincidentally, both also designed posters for London Underground, which celebrates its 150th Anniversary this week.  Happy Birthday Tube!

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