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Flock 'n' Roll

New Ideas in Wallpaper Design

Ringo (in tan) by Hemingwaydesign for Graham and Brown 2003

Ringo (in tan) by Hemingwaydesign for Graham and Brown 2003

9 March – 30 August 2004

FLOCK ‘N’ ROLL: New Ideas in Wallpaper Design is an exhibition of contemporary design that explores wallpaper’s re-emerging importance in the modern interior. The exhibition will highlight wallpaper’s increasing role in bringing style, artistic expression and fashion into the domestic setting.

FLOCK ‘N’ ROLL will highlight a contemporary shift in interior styling that utilises wallpaper as art in a variety of ways. One off designs, such as those by Tracy Kendal and Jocelyn Warner, are now being displayed as single strips or panels, which are seen as a feature rather than a backdrop to a room interior. Other designers, such as Alexander Beauchamp, actually place small pieces of their wallpaper in frames, further blurring the divide between art and decoration.

Rachel Kelly and Deborah Bowness are incorporating their own individuality into their designs and many artists trained in fine arts have created wall coverings, which they consider to be just as significant as their work in other media.

The choice of exhibits will reveal the diversity of styles and forms found in contemporary wallpaper, which will include three dimensional, interactive and embroidered works. The arrangement of the exhibition will be thematic and will include the following sections (designers to be confirmed):

Interior Landscape
Sharon Elphick
Deborah Bowness
De Gournay
Showroom Dummies
Bold Print
Eley Kishimoto
Timorous Beasties
Jocelyn Warner
Cole + Son
Jenny Wilkinson
Rachel Kelly
Graham & Brown
Tracy Kendall
Clare Coles
Cath Kidston
Neisha Crosland
Wayne Hemingway
Osborne and Little
Katherine Morris
Alexander Beauchamp
Timney Fowler
‘New Florals’
Timorous Beasties
Tracy Kendall
Jocelyn Warner

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Geffrye Museum’s specialist area of research is middle-class domestic interiors and gardens.
  2. The Geffrye Museum presents the quintessential style of English urban middle-class interiors from 1600 to the present day through a chronological sequence of period rooms. The museum is set in the former almshouses of the Ironmongers' Company; elegant 18th century buildings surrounded by tranquil gardens, including an award-winning walled herb garden and a series of period gardens in Shoreditch, East London.
  3. The exhibition will be complimented by an innovative programme of educational events and activities for all ages and abilities.
  4. The Geffrye Museum is an independent charitable trust, grant-aided by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Trust actively seeks to attract donations and corporate sponsorship to support the museum's services and development plans.
  5. Admission: FREE
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