The wallpapers are informed by the observational drawings of artist Hugh Dunford Wood. From intricate floral designs to flowing geometrics, many of the designs are suggestive of music of various genres. The use of only two colours for each wallpaper creates a look which can transform each design from subtle and delicate, or warm and inviting, to one that's strikingly bold.
Dunford Wood wallpapers are crafted entirely by hand and are the only papers being produced in this manner in the UK. The artist cuts a lino block by hand to his design, applies paint on the block with a brush, turns it and prints a small section at a time using a hand held four inch roller to give the necessary pressure. Then the process is repeated again and again until the 10m roll is done. The background colour has already been painted by brush.
The method produces an irregular almost mottled effect which is the lively reflection of the varied brush strokes and hand pressures.
Contemporary classics, the designs stand at the crossroads between tradition and cutting edge.
Highlights from the Collection are:
Whistler’s Wood – the newest design named after the late Sir Laurence Whistler, the Queen’s glass engraver who lived in the artist’s Georgian house until the late 1970’s.
Cardoon – Originally designed for a large North London house, the pattern has a shimmering slow rhythm, sinuous and leafy, to reflect the large trees in Regents Park. Will add an air of romanticism to either a traditional or contemporary setting.
Chevron - A deceptively simple yet striking tile design, giving a heraldic feel to its elegant symmetry. Designed originally for a seventeenth century country kitchen, it creates an air of gentle order when wrapped around a busy room, in the manner of Bach or Keith Jarrett.
Shoebaloo – A witty Portobello Road-inspired celebration of vintage women’s footwear. Perfect for dressing room, bedroom or hallway.
Tree of Life - Inspired by the many life forms in the artist’s Dorset garden.
Amarynth - An elegant floral landscape, Gothic in feel and is a delight for the eye to play on in a dining room or a drawing room when the conversation is getting deep.
Rousseau - The recent Tate exhibition of the Douanier Rousseau gave rise to this playful design, a fanciful interpretation of tropical foliage.
Tudor Roll - Inspired by an Elizabethan stump work box, this pattern is based on drawings of plants found in the designer's garden. The use of some strong colour ways can belie the formality of the design, giving an ironic twist to the restrained romance it suggests.
Rolls are 10m long by 56 cms wide and cost £140.
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About Hugh Dunford Wood
Hugh Dunford Wood learned his wallpaper technique following the Arts and Crafts tradition pioneered by William Morris, as an apprentice of Peggy Angus in the 1970s.
As an artist, Hugh delights in rhythm and texture, and his family home has always been a feast for the eye, in which his portraits and landscape paintings stand out from the wallpapers behind them.
When he sold his home in 2004, several prospective buyers enquired where they could buy such wonderful designs. One couple asked to buy the blocks. Realizing that wallpaper was now making a comeback, Hugh set up his studio in Lyme Regis, and trained others to work with him.
Hugh Dunford Wood's artistic expressions range from engravings to sculpture, portrait painting, textiles and ceramics, and he has exhibited in art galleries worldwide. For further information about Hugh's art see www.dunfordwood.co.uk
Hugh Dunford Wood
11 Pool End Close
Cheshire SK10 2LD, UK
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