- Brief description
- 'Ashlar' wallpapersample, designed by Edward Bawden, c.1930
- height: 570mm
- Curwen Press
- Bawden, Edward
- This is sophisticated and subtle wallpaper by Edward Bawden. The repeat pattern is based upon bricks and a retreating wall effect, which would give a room a rather surreal effect when applied.
Bawden certainly played with many different influences in his wallpaper designs but they are all characterized by humour and a playful approach to decoration that comes out of his illustrative work the Curwen Press and others.
Most contemporary homes in the 1930s would have been wallpapered with a floral or geometric pattern, or with a raised Lincrusta paper and a brightly coloured border. It is interesting that despite the modernists' love of minimalist spaces, they approved of 'artistic' wallpapers and textiles like Bawden's.
- ca. 1930
- wall covering