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New wall­pa­pers de­signed by artists demon­strate the pos­si­bil­i­ties of col­lab­o­ra­tion

Country Life Every Week - - Interior Design The Inside Track -

AL­THOUGH artists from Pi­casso to Warhol ex­plored the pos­si­bil­i­ties of de­sign­ing tex­tiles and wall­pa­pers, the for­mer de­clared that his de­signs should never be used for up­hol­stery: ‘Pi­cas­sos may be leaned against, not sat on.’ Oth­ers have been less pre­cious; Zof­fany, Lewis & Wood and Lee Jofa are among the com­pa­nies that have launched col­lec­tions dreamt up by those from other cre­ative dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing painters, il­lus­tra­tors and dec­o­ra­tive artists.

Ex­tra­or­di­nary things can hap­pen, not least in the hands of Char­lotte Cory, a Lon­don-based writer and artist, best known for what she de­scribes as ‘a post-dar­winian uni­verse’ of re­worked Victorian por­traits com­bined with pic­tures of taxi­dermy.

This col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach has been spear­headed by Sharon Forsyth, whose pre­vi­ous busi­ness in­volved help­ing mu­si­cians to pro­duce work un­der their own la­bels. When she sold it, she set up Grad­u­ate Col­lec­tion to ap­ply the

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