Display dates: 19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015
The first-ever museum display about Watts, the leading heritage textile and wallpaper company, ‘PATTERN: Watts’ Architect Wallpapers 1870 to Today’ showcases a stunning and colourful display of hand-blocked wallpapers. Curated by Mary Schoeser, the globally respected historian and author, the display reveals the history, characters and skills that are the lifeline of this very British business.
Designed by architects – including Watts’ founders Bodley, Scott and Garner – the wallpapers are presented decade by decade highlighting the way classic and ornate patterns have been adapted by different generations. Examples include styles as diverse as the 19th century’s Aesthetic Movement to later 20th century trends in historical décor, such as the pink and dark green wallpaper commissioned by Cecil Beaton and the orange prints of the 1970s, to wallpapers in the Houses of Parliament and opulent interior furnishings for palaces, private homes and hotels around the world. Guardians of a treasured archive, Watts are now under the direction of the fifth generation of the same architecturally famous Scott family.
This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see first-hand the impressive repertoire of Watts. Part of Watts & Co. 140th anniversary celebrations