The Essence of English Decoration

  1. Mary Schoeser
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  • ISBN 9780500515198
  • 29.00 x 22.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 200pp
  • 239 Illustrations, 228 in colour
  • First published 2010
‘A treasure trove of colour and pattern as well as a record of the company’s development’ – Homes & Interiors
‘A fascinating read … spectacularly illustrated throughout with more than 200 patterns from the archive, Schoeser’s research recounts a British success story that encapsulates a vital part of our decorative arts heritage – and its future’ – Embroidery
‘… an absolute must for interiors enthusiasts and Sanderson fans alike!’ – The City Magazine
‘Like whizzing through a potted history of English decorative arts’ – Design Week

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the quintessential English wallpaper and fabrics firm, Sanderson, this book is an inspiration for decorators, designers, graphic artists, collectors and anyone who loves beautiful interiors.

Sanderson has been at the vanguard of every significant movement in European decorative arts, from Arts and Crafts and Art Deco to 1980s country-house style and the vibrant interiors of the Noughties, shaping a distinctive mode of English decoration beloved throughout the world.

Granted unprecedented access to the Sanderson archives, historian Mary Schoeser tells the story of the company that became England’s leading manufacturer of wallpapers and decorative fabrics.

Includes a Preface by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and an introduction by Whitworth curator Christine Woods, followed by chronologically arranged chapters, tracing the firm’s history and output from its founding to the present day with more than 200 stunning patterns specially selected from the Sanderson archives.