COLE & SON

The wall­pa­per com­pany is known for its ar­chive pat­terns and mod­ern rein­ven­tions

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Cole & Son’s wall­pa­per ex­per­tise goes back to 1875, when John Perry founded his hand-block print­ing fac­tory in Is­ling­ton, north Lon­don. The first de­signs were cre­ated us­ing a re­vived ver­sion of the flock­ing process – ap­ply­ing short fi­bres to pa­per – orig­i­nally in­vented in Hol­land in 1680.

As his many com­peti­tors fell by the way­side, Perry ac­quired a sub­stan­tial block ar­chive and be­gan print­ing for big man­u­fac­tur­ers like Sanderson. AP Cole, pro­pri­etor of Cole & Son Wall­pa­pers, bought the busi­ness in 1941; he went on to open one of the ear­li­est screen-print­ing stu­dios in Europe in 1949, giv­ing rise to Michael Clarke’s iconic ‘ Woods’ for­est re­peat print. A Royal War­rant fol­lowed in 1961.

To­day, Cole & Son’s work­shop is still based in north Lon­don and its col­lec­tions are over­seen by cre­ative direc­tor Shauna Dennison. They are pro­duced us­ing tra­di­tional and dig­i­tal print­ing meth­ods, and each piece can be cus­tom-coloured and fin­ished to suit your home. Show­room at De­sign Cen­tre Chelsea Har­bour, Lots Road, Lon­don SW10 (cole-and-son.com)

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