Very Sanderson – 150 Years of English Decoration

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Exhibition Dates: 19 March 2010 – 13 June 2010
Sanderson was founded by Arthur Sanderson in 1860 and for the last 150 years has been at the forefront of English decoration – producing the first coordinated collection of mass-produced wallpapers and fabrics in Britain. It also introduced a number of important technical innovations as well as developing a range of textiles and wallpapers by influential designers and Britain’s first ‘infinite’ range of colours in household paints.

During its illustrious history the company has amassed a huge collection of wallpapers and textiles representing the many changing faces and fads of interior decoration. Celebrating 150 years of the company this exhibition highlights the best of its archive as well as brand new collections. Full of surprises, it will fascinate and inform those whose tastes run from the Arts & Crafts style, jazzy Moderne, fifties’ Festival designs and Pop patterns, to decidedly contemporary art and decor.

Curated by Mary Schoeser – renowned textile curator and author – the exhibition will be accompanied by a sumptuously-illustrated book published by Thames & Hudson.

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