New Designs from Graham & Brown

Some of our favorite wallpapers come from the design team at Graham & Brown in the U.K. The company was founded in 1946 by two friends – Harold Graham and Henry Brown – and has been family-run from its headquarters in Blackburn, Lancashire for more than 70 years. A+A recently interviewed a representative of the firm via email:

What are the themes of the new designs?
Graham & Brown has put a modern twist on traditional styling with its latest wallpapers. These designs provide a wealth of pattern, color, texture, and outstanding visuals to complement any room. Themes range from geometric patterns and dramatic graphics, to ethereal atmospheres and ornate motifs influenced by ancient and traditional cultures.

Their intent?
Graham & Brown is known for its historic and artful background – new styles that reference and modernize artworks from the company archives, while interior trend-forecasting efforts inform the design direction to meet the wants of both consumers and designers. All products are made with the highest quality standards and sustainable practices.

Their inspiration?
Geo Grain Wallpaper: Inspired by wood, in its purest form, wood grain is juxtaposed with metallic elements and large-scale geometrics.
Graphic Wallpaper: Derived from the clean and crisp angles and linear structures within modern architecture, Graphic features a striking mathematic aesthetic combining neutral colors with luxurious metallics.

Himitsu Wallpaper: Encapsulating Japanese culture, with an intricate hand-drawn design, Himitsu, translated to secret, juxtaposes ancient, traditional Japanese landscapes with modern high shine foil, or chalky matt substrate.
Hourglass Wallpaper: Hourglass celebrates a curvaceous approach to geometrics, with a flowing and harmonious pattern inspired by the interwoven fibers of luxurious fabrics.

Meadow Wallpaper: Derived from the Graham & Brown design archives, Meadow draws inspiration from the silhouettes and natural beauties of woodland scenes that change with each season.
Optical Wallpaper: Combining tonal coloring and contrasting metallics, Optical adds another dimension to walls with a subtle illusion.

Polka Wallpaper: Pure polka dot perfection, beautiful light reflecting beads embellish a luxurious, metallic textured paper.
Quarters Wallpaper: A layered, urban look can be created with Quarters, which takes inspiration from intricate historical architecture and the forms of man-made structures.

Shoji Wallpaper: Inspired by the intricate lattice framework of an authentic and traditional Shoji screen, this oriental design is highlighted with metallic detailing

Volare Wallpaper: Volare (meaning ‘to fly’) is a celebration of the intricate patterns of birds and their feathers.
Woodland Wallpaper: Light reflecting beads adorn natural silhouettes of trailing branches, highlighting how the natural sunlight creates shine and shimmer.

Their textures?
A variety of these designs (described above) are printed across luxurious textured paper and provide a three-dimensional pattern. For example, the Polka velvet flock option (luxury wallpaper sprinkled with powdered wool to create a raised pattern) provides a dramatic look. Woodland is also adorned with light reflecting beads that create beautifully raised silhouettes.

Materials used?
Graham & Brown uses water-based VOC-free ink and non-woven wallpaper that won’t shrink over time. Each of these styles has Graham & Brown’s quick and easy ‘Paste the Wall’ application. This allows paste to be applied to the wall, rather than the wallpaper, so it can be hung straight from the roll and peel off of the wall seamlessly if needed; there’s no soak time and no pre-cutting table required.

The target market?
Graham & Brown’s primary/target market is consumers and designers.

Residential or commercial use?
All Graham & Brown wallpaper can be used for both residential and commercial spaces. Consumers can purchase styles directly from the Graham & Brown website:

Price range?
Styles range from $100.00 to $155.00 per roll.

For more, go here.

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